Thursday, May 2, 2013

The 'Bloody Desi' syndrome


Desi Indians indulge in racism as much as anyone else.
Judgmental, aren't we?

Being slated as an 'outsider' in a foreign country is bad enough, but what if your own shun you too? A post from the heart, based on some personal experiences while away from the homeland. Read the rest of it here. What's your say?

I would love to hear your views!

14 comments:

  1. well Its time Indians realize ... distancing themselves from eachother in the name of NRI and desis and Kannadas and Punjabis..Hindus and Muslims ... we are not doing any good . To the whites ..and the blacks .. we would be One identity always -INDIANS .. still, if some monkeys feel by applying black colour on face they can term themselves Langoors ... wont help :D .. neither will they be accepted by the desis .. nor the videshis !!

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    1. Actually applies to every culture/race. Live and let live's got to be the mantra, no?

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  2. The only time I was abroad was when I was on a work trip, and thankfully I was treated like a genius. I guess second guessing comes naturally to everyone irrespective of whichever nationality we belong to. A world beyond stereotypes is a little faraway now but not impossible. I loved the chickens

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    1. Pictures on my post always take center stage :) I am glad you didn't have to witness the discrimination!

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  3. I think stereotypes abound everywhere. And, it is easier to brand a third-world country citizen uncouth. Don't we do the same in India? If we see a paan spit or littering, we are quick to curse the illiterate poor. But in reality, the educated indulge in all this behavior and more. And Indians are a terribly racist breed. But we do try to mingle and follow the rules of the foreign country.

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    1. Exactly. As you said, easier to brand a third-world country. But what about the ones who come from that country? I had also done a post on spitting. Not just the illiterate, the well educated ones do it too. From that post - "I caught 9 people spitting in a time span of 20 minutes. BEST bus commuters, auto rickshaw drivers, stall owners, women begging on the street, even white-collar professionals in smart button-down shirts and crisply pressed khakis."

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  4. Good point! Though I have only lived abroad for short durations and that too mostly on business, I could never really experience the social culture. True, we as Indians have a lot of shortcomings, but so do others. Somewhere, we view all foreigners through our rose tinted glasses and think they can do no wrong. Its the psyche and that I believe still has a baggage of a long history of being colonized.

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    1. You said it! It's the psyche and I wish it changes sooner rather than later.

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  5. So true ! nicely illustrated through the image !

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  6. Hmm what else we haven't copied from the west including these words directed on us.Are we stereotyping a lot from them ?
    But, thankfully here in UK I haven't come across such comments

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    1. Sadly, we do seem to be! Copying is OK if it makes sense, call it adapting best practices. But then doing something blindly influenced by others is what irks me.

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