An Indian Civilizational Perspective

How racist are Indians?

We have been talking of the racism that Shilpa Shetty faced recently on the Big Brother Show.

She shouted “Go back to your country!”

But, what about the racism that others, and even insiders, face IN INDIA by the Indians? Tarquin blogs on such experiences… It is easy to not notice such obvious things which we have all seen, and perhaps guilty of ourselves in India! What do you say?

A few days ago, I had to renew my Indian visa and found myself standing in line in the appropriate Delhi ministry behind a Nigerian. When it came his turn to approach the ‘incharge’ and make his application, the treatment he received was shocking. The lady official’s demeanour changed from moderately friendly to downright hostile.

Her face took on a contorted expression of someone who’d smelt a whiff of something rancid. The Nigerian spoke English with a heavy accent and she told him to come back with a translator. An argument ensued which culminated in the ‘incharge’ shouting at him to, “Go back to your country!”

Afterwards, the Nigerian, who is studying at an Indian university, told me that he has faced virulent racism here. ‘People often shout monkey at me in the street,’ he said. ‘I’m always being harassed by the police. Many times I’ve been asked if I live up a tree.’

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