Friday, February 23, 2007

Racism Redux

Let me continue my previous thread on racism. You would be very wrong if you thought that the dirty “R” word only relates to color of skin or caste, or stems from xenophobia. Maybe you should crawl out from the cozy rock you have been hiding under.

Recently, there was the Cauvery verdict. Triumph of reason over irrationality, if you ask me. To me, for once, our justices system came through and offered some succor to water-starved Tamilnadu. As a protest to this “partiality”, Karnataka closes down and you could actually feel the wave of anger. While scouring through some news sites and forums I subscribe to, I was shocked to read the comments of “educated common man.” They started with asking Tamils in the state to return back to Tamilnadu and then blossomed in to the full-on show of hate for “other immigrants!” They blamed “immigrants” for all of Bangalore’s problems – from traffic to state of morality. Some bright spark wrote “If these immigrants stop flooding Bangalore, Karnataka will be back to its wonderful state of yore.”

Similarly, we read about poor laborers from Bihar being targeted everywhere - from Assam to Maharashtra. The “great” Bal Thackrey blames all the ills of Mumbai on the Biharis and wants them all thrown out of Mumbai. Some poor bread-winners-for-their-families Biharis are actually killed while the “great” Thackrey is frothing at the mouth. The Assam extremists actually send a big number of these poor and helpless Biharis back home in body bags. Hitler would have been proud!

No, I’m not getting in the history/civics/geography or politics of who’s right and who’s wrong. As a casual observer, all I see is that an Indian is being prosecuted in India. If we feel like this about fellow Indians, can we blame if a Brit/Canadian/American/Saudi/ doesn’t want us in their country?

Is it racism when a rich, gorgeous, educated movie star is bullied by not-so-educated natives in a contrived situation, but a poor man who goes to another state of his own country so that his family can subsist on the lowest of wages is treated as unwanted trash?

If I could make hypocrisy a sin, I would add it as the eighth member of the list of other deadly seven.

Beside making good money working at home, away from the corporate dirt, I want to live to see the day when any Indian will be able to go anywhere in their own country and not treated unwanted. I have a dream.

9 Comments:

Blogger DG's world said...

am back to blogging after a long long haitus.. hopw you are doing well :) KIT, DG

Monday, March 12, 2007 8:16:00 PM  
Blogger kannan udayarajan said...


Its been there always..in one form or the other..and its been there everywhere...be it the brahminical tyranny in India, the arab -persian divide in middle east,the Tutsi-Hutu fight in Africa,the black -white dilemma in the US..examples are just infinte..

Man has always been the animal waiting to find a reason to hate his fellow being...and it will take generations if not another phase of evolution into a better creature with better reason to change all this...

Thursday, March 15, 2007 1:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

brahminical tyranny—but arab-persian divide, Tutsi-Hutu fight and black-white dilemma!

I couldn't help wondering what prevented you from choosing an equally neutral term for the first one as well? Or, you could've instead said 'the caste tyranny' (After all, it wasn't just the brahmins, and everyone knows it by now.)

Don't you think your proclivity to single out brahmins (when it was not at all called for) speaks eloquently about your own prejudices?

-Not-Necessarily-a-Brahmin-Myself!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 11:23:00 PM  
Blogger ME said...

Yeah, only if we stop discriminating amongst ourselves can we ourselves stop getting dicriminated against.

Saturday, April 21, 2007 8:45:00 PM  
Blogger Madhooo said...

Hi sphinx, I have linked to your blog from mine.:)

Friday, May 04, 2007 5:35:00 PM  
Blogger Synchronicity Diva said...

Meeta, for God sake please write something...if not for God's sake, then Devil's...

Thursday, September 06, 2007 5:58:00 PM  
Blogger simplypallu said...

Been peeking here for months now with no fodder (with your spice) for the mind :(
I'm glad your back on the blogosphere :)

Thursday, September 13, 2007 6:56:00 PM  
Blogger simplypallu said...

Psst! Just linked to your blog from mine yesterday... Maybe you got the vibes ;-)
BTW why is your post dated Feb 23, 2007? Or am I seeing it wrong?

Thursday, September 13, 2007 7:00:00 PM  
Blogger Sangeeta said...

Hello Sphinx...

I've been out-of-action for a while now.

Totally with you on this!

Btw-noticed you've not been writing for a few months now...

Wednesday, November 07, 2007 2:39:00 PM  

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