Tunnel Rat posted on August 5, 2009 20:17

I'm just wondering, and so is this blogger:

In the wake of racist attacks on Indians in Australia, and a consequent backlash to such assaults, a large number of anti-Indian Australian Facebookers have accused Asian immigrants, particularly those from the Indian sub-continent, of being dirty and unhygienic in their public behaviour. In short, they’ve accused Indians of being literally filthy foreigners.

We Indians dirty? What utter rubbish. But it’s not the first time such a charge has been made. Last year it was the British who rubbished us. Tory MP Lucy Ivimy was reported to have said that Indians don't know how to dispose of their rubbish and are congenital litterbugs. Though she later apologised for her remark, Ivimy's accusation provoked dudgeon among Indians in not only Britain but, even more so, in India. Us Indians? Creating a mess wherever we go? What a load of garbage.


Unlike people in the West and other so-called developed societies we Indians are scrupulously particular about all matters pertaining to hygiene management and waste disposal. Take the example of household garbage. What do they do with it in these so-called advanced countries? They store it -- as though these scraps of leftover food, vegetable peelings, egg shells and other guck were precious jewels -- in a special container made for the purpose and generally kept in the kitchen. How thoroughly disgusting. Imagine keeping rotting refuse in the kitchen, which after the puja room is the most hallowed sanctum sanctorum of the Indian household.

A barbaric notion totally inimical to 5,000 years of Indic civilisation and culture based on the totems and taboos of ritual pollution. Which in turn is based on the concept of what has been called inappropriate context. For instance, it is appropriate to wear shoes to go outdoors, but it is inappropriate (ritually polluting) to wear shoes indoors, more so within a place of worship. Similarly, keeping ritually polluting garbage within the kitchen and defiling its symbolic purity is an emphatic no-no. So what to do with the muck? Simple. Throw it out of the window. That's what windows are for, apart from letting in air and light.

The scrupulous cleanliness of us Indians is attested to by the assiduity with which we expel all forms of rubbish, garbage, junk and litter from our homes and places of work and dump such offending and offensive matter where it rightly belongs: on our public streets and thoroughfares.

This is what less anciently civilised communities can't understand about us: the cordon sanitaire that we draw between our pure, pollution-free personal space (our homes, offices, etc) and the public space of the outside world at large (i.e. anything and everything beyond the sacrosanct confines of our homes, offices, etc) which we rightly use for the purpose it has obviously been designed, namely to be the natural receptacle of all our filth and rubbish. That the 'outside' India of our public space is unmitigatedly dirty and squalid only testifies to the fact that the 'inside' India of our personal domains is squeaky-clean and spotless.

There is a profound chasm, not just cultural but spiritual, between us and societies and individuals who are obsessed about 'outside' (and therefore irrelevant) cleanliness at the expense of 'inner' salubrity. It is this basic misapprehension of the uniquely Indian concept of sanitation that causes outsiders to trash us. Which they are once more planning to do at the forthcoming G8 meet where the US and Japan will try to arm-twist India into accepting emission norms for industry.

This western phobia about carbon emissions is incomprehensible to the Indian mind. Carbons are dirty things, right? In which case why are people so hung up about emitting them (i.e. getting rid of the darn things, like chucking garbage out of the window)? But people like Al Gore (and now our very own R K Pachauri) carry on something fierce about carbon emissions and how horrid they are (all the more reason to be shot of all that nasty carbon and dump it where it properly belongs: in the global public space known as the environment).

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is proposing to go to the G 8 summit, where presumably he will try to educate the US, Japan and other misinformed parties about the right and proper manner in which to deal with industrial emissions and all that rot. Will someone open the window, please?

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As usual, 2Truthy also eloquently blogged about this topic:

-A Mel Toast “Whose Your Favorite Whore to India” Exclusive-

East is East
by Jamshid Waggajacka

(copied from the Hindi-slam poet, Dipti Chit)

We pollute, as we suck our cheroot.
Only a dodo, would say yes to Kyoto.

So give us more H1B
And polyunsaturated ghee

And we will show you American bastards who’s boss!

As we steal from thee.

...As India widens the climate rift with the West, this nation's biggest brothel buggars to the India/tech cheap labor lobby, Hillary Clinton and Bill Gates, visited India and graciously widened their cheeky best sides in their uncontrollable, unstoppable lust to sell out American jobs in return for other kinds of jobs and favor$.

Just in time, too, for next month's U.S. jobs sellout fest when the India lobby goes-a-begging to Washington to open up the flood gates for MORE cheap labor from India and kick MORE American workers to the curb...

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