Wednesday, June 3, 2009

As You Sow, So Shall You Reap!

I can’t understand why we all are making so much fuss about the apparent “racist” incident in Australia! I have already read like 5 blog posts on this topic, and my Facebook feed is also filled with comments & discussions on the same incident! Everybody is pissed-off with Australia big time, but why?


Haven’t you guys heard that “there is no smoke without fire”?

Remember the great Indian Revolt of 1857? It was triggered by something as idiotic as Indian soldiers being given those “new Pattern 1853 Enfield Rifle. To load the new rifle, the sepoys had to bite the cartridge open. It was believed that the paper cartridges that were standard issue with the rifle were greased with lard (pork fat) which was regarded as unclean by Muslims, or tallow (beef fat), regarded as anathema to Hindus.” [Refer to the complete article here.]

Bottomline: If you are living in a foreign country, you simply can’t afford to agitate the local nationals by trying to change the way they live.

We Indians do this wherever we go. We change the entire rules of playing. In fact, we even threaten to change the entire game at times! How can this be acceptable to the foreigners who are extending their hospitality to us (at a good price, ok)?

We Indians are such a repressed and suppressed lot, that our men-folks simply can’t stop themselves from ogling at all the wrong parts of the anatomy of a female walking down the road! I dress in such orthodox way, and still I have to suffer those disgusting looks every time I step out of the house! And, to be very honest, it takes me all my will-power and self-control to not resort to murder right there and then! (Yes, I can kill a guy for treating me like a piece of meat!) Maybe the ‘goris’ in Australia feel the same way too when our Indian lads “size them up” in public!

And forget about the ‘goris’ abroad – how do we treat them in India? Haven’t we all heard of cases in the news when some ‘gori’ was raped and murdered during her visit to India? I remember this recent one who was found dead in Delhi zoo! Why didn’t we have such posts flooding the blog-o-sphere back then… shouting for human rights and justice and what-not for that dead girl?

And if that isn’t enough, we even threaten to change the entire work culture and family structure for those foreigners wherever we go, and even without going anywhere!

We are ready to work night-shifts, at one-fifth of the pay the Americans get for the same kind of work during day-shift! We are ready to work 16 hours a day for no extra pay! We are ready to work on weekends! We are ready to work on holidays too! We are ready to come to work anytime and for any price! Let’s just face it – we have become machines, with no social life!

But the rest of the world is not workaholic like us! The rest of the world does not have a dead social life! The rest of the world does not have a non-existent family life! People in developed countries like to balance work with a personal life. They like to spend weekends with their family/friends. They like to spend the money they earn, and not just keep saving it for their future generations! They like to join dance classes, other kinds of workshops, go on weekend vacations, create their own local musical bands, and so many other things!

And we Indians go there and threaten to change their entire way of living! We force them to either turn into machines like us, or lose their jobs! And then we are pissed off that they don’t want us there anymore! But we told the British to get out too, remember, when they threatened to interfere in our way of living! So why are we getting so angry now? The Kangaroos are probably frustrated that the “tigers-who-breed-like-mice-and-chase-like-rats” are forcing them into the rat race too, and it’s finally showing through! There is nothing racist about it. If white folks from a different country had threatened their way of living like this, they would have got the same treatment too!

WE are the real racists! The difference of brown and white is in our minds! We are the ones who scream for “fair skin”! We are the ones who are ready to lick the feet of our American callers in BPOs! (Yes sir, thank you sir… I have heard it all in my 2-year BPO stint!) And it’s not just color; we show discrimination on the basis of every possible factor! We have reservations on the basis of caste. We have political vote banks on the basis of religion. And our states are constantly fighting for separate existence! Remember what the Biharis had to suffer last year in Maharashtra? ‘Jai Maharashtra’! ... ‘Mi Mumbaikar’!

What exactly are these ‘Mumbaikars’ so proud of anyways? Most of the business community of the country consists of Gujjus, Marwaris and Punjabis/Sindhis. The service class consists of Biharis, Bengalis and Southies mostly. So if the Maharashtrians/Mumbaikars can’t keep pace with the rest of the country, they start throwing them out of their territory? Is that the solution? Well then, that’s exactly what the Aussies have done too! So why are we cribbing about it now? We set an example, they are following it now! Every action has a reaction. There is a payback for every piece of Karma… and this is what it is now!

As for Ahimsa, you really think Indians are still following Ahimsa? You’ve got to be kidding me! One of my very close friends from school was forced to abort her second pregnancy, because her unborn child happened to be a female! Is that Ahimsa? Drunken husbands still beat up wives in most parts of our society – is that Ahimsa? The kind of ragging that happens these days in colleges – does that come under the category of ‘Ahimsa’? Shobhit just wrote this post on our "brutal birthday bashes"! And we say we follow 'Ahimsa'! Haahhh? What distorted perceptions!

And the best part is all of us sitting here, passing judgments on an entire nation, when we don’t even know what exactly happened there, that led to the death of some student! It could have just started as a normal college bash between 2 guys, for all you know, and then got blown so out of proportion because one of those 2 guys happened to be an Indian, and the other one, an Australian! Haven’t we seen this sort of thing happen in all walks of life?

Two kids get into a fight at the bus stop. Their parents, instead of stopping them, start fighting among themselves. One of them happens to be a Bihari family. So the other says “Oh you Biharis are all like this, always creating trouble wherever you go!” Oh but there happens to be another Bihari family on the same bus stop, and they overhear this statement, and join in! And then the rest of the parents follow suit! And eventually the auto-rikshaw drivers stop to see what’s happening, and obviously, most of them are Biharis! And lo and behold! Before you can even remember the name of the first President of independent India, there is a war going on between Biharis and non-Biharis!

And then the news reporters try to get their own story out of this, and confront people sitting in Bihar, who weren’t even there at the location of the original incident, and ask them if they should be given a separate country! And then there is a viewer poll on it, and you are asked to SMS ‘A’ or ‘B’ to some 5-digit number, and the cellular service providers mint money out of this, along with the news channels, while the country burns in hell! Oh and the Opposition party tries to convince the nation that somehow, these ‘riots’ are happening because of some fault of the current government in power in that State! And that somehow, they should have been able to dream that something like this was going to happen in their State, and make necessary 'arrangements' to prevent it! Some ‘Opportunists’! Personally, I wouldn’t let it past the news channels to have started the fight themselves! Or to have paid someone to start the fight!

Get the right perspective guys! Once again, I repeat – if you see half a glass of water placed in front of you, don’t automatically jump to the assumption that it is half-empty or half-full! Just look at it as half a glass of water please! And don’t believe everything that the news channels throw at you… most of it is manipulated! Keep your cool! Refrain from passing judgments! And most importantly, keep your own eyes open and your wits around you! Don’t let the media talk you into any kind of reaction! Because remember – every reaction is another action – which, in turn, will have its own reaction!

Just do your own work, think happy thoughts, be positive, be creative, be responsible for your own actions and decisions… and the world will take care of itself automatically!

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39 comments:

Sumit said...

Damn! Offline again.... and you haven't even approved my comment here.... HMPH!

Kaddu said...

Sumit:

LOL! Was invisible! :p
Was posting comment on Niks' blog! And linking it from my sidebar! :D

Nikita said...

arre waah...a lot of bashing happening all around eh :P

vaise we indians love to sit back n talk. no one wants to take action. dude, regardless of whether the glass is half empty or full...juz drink the water! i mean, dnt keep staring n thinking, make the most of wat u hav...appreciate wat u got!! :P

Mukund said...

Hey... I thought of the same thing and was going to write about it too. Remember the rape cases in which the foreigners were raped by Indians. You still keep on hearing them. I don't really know what is happening to any of them now...

Kaddu said...

Nikita:
Yupp count your blessings! :)

Mukund:
I guess we need to step beyond our limited confines of national boundaries and really think global now... as ONE PLANET!

Shobhit said...

"As ONE PLANET" you say.... ?? And I've faced absolute disagreement to the extent of being completely ignored (and almost ridiculed) during discussions with my colleagues on just mentioning the thought of being at peace with our immediate neighbors !!!

Some things have been planted so deep in our minds that it would take more than just sensible talks to uproot them.

Will be coming up with a post on this very topic very soon.

Vyazz said...

My GAWD...what a rant!!!!
Dont mind....I just wrote a post about the racist incident in Australia.
Pretty much on the same lines as what you have mentioned.
And I totally 110% agree with you. We Indians are seriously racist, casteist and a highly prejudiced race!!!
Kudos to you to speak ur mind out!!!!
Wish everyone knew of the real "racist" implications that we face!!!!

amrit said...

That's a pretty nice post Kaddu. But I see a problem here. I will quote something from this post: "And the best part is all of us sitting here, passing judgements on an entire nation".

The part of your own post until you wrote this line is nothing but passing judgements on whoever you felt like. I will quote examples:

a) revolt of 1857 being triggered by an "idiotic" incident
b) we Indians do this wherever we go (in reference to changing the ways others live)
c)Indians are suppressed lot who can't stop ogling at women and all that!
d)we have become machines with no social life
e)the rest of the world is not workaholic like us

and on and on!

Usually I like your posts but this one was disappointing. I think you kept writing for such a long time that you forgot what you really wanted to say! Hope you do realize that.

I do agree with you on the media hype and all that. So true. In fact I agree with most of what you wrote after stating that it's no good passing judgements sitting in room when we don't really know what happened. Uske pehle jo likha, vo kuch bhi tha!

Anyway, have a nice day! :)

Kokonad said...

Hello! :) I have a take here, which I happened to comment in the 'other' Kaddu's post. (Yeah, I have been a subscriber to both your blogs for a while now!)
Whether we see these actions as stray incidents or as long-occuring oppression, we are overlooking one thing. People are born innocent. They learn things as they grow up. They are impressionable - and they teach themselves or they are taught things by others. My focus is on "the others". Feelings of radical racism, hate and intolerance don't come naturally to people. Some inspirational leaders 'brainwash' them into believing that colored people are the minions of hell, that coloreds are affecting their well being. Then these people simply execute what they strongly believe in! In MOST cases, their morals are incapable of distinguishing the good from the bad - because their morals have been taught to believe that they are superior to the colored people.
Unfortunately, the 'brainwashers' are the people that need to be stopped. There exist radical religious groups that think their religion is superior to the others...
You have quoted an example already - with Marathis driving out non-Marathis from MH. As a crowd, their morals have degraded into thinking that they are more superior - they are not going to find it terribly wrong in beating up the others!
Let me try to draw an analogy here. A kid watches an animal-attach show on TV and concludes that dogs are evil animals. He pelts stones at every dog he sees subsequently. Would you blame him or the "impressionable" program that caused him to believe that dogs are evil?
We need to remove the leaders who make people believe that all are not equal. :)
Oops, long first comment.

Kaddu said...

Shobhit:
You mean a mind transplant? LOL! :p
Will be waiting for ur post...

Vyazz:
Oh you have written another post? Let me chk it out then...

Kaddu said...

Amrit:
Ha ha ha! Was hoping somebody would pick up on it! Glad u did! :)

No, this wasn't a mindless ranting, even though it seemed that way! Somebody taught me last year how to pretend to be angry while maintaining your full awareness & presence of mind, and this was a deliberate post written after much thought. In fact, I usually don't write about current affairs here, and it took me over 48 hours to decide that I seriously must make an exception this time.

The first half as you say was full of generalized judgments. And all the points you mentioned above, they are all true in respect of a major chunk of people here, if not for the entire nation. Even the first point abt the rifles, if you look at it from the Britts' point of view, it must have seemed a very silly reason to them for refusing to use those rifles. But the way I have generalized ALL Indians into the same category, that pinched, didn't it? When we both know that u don't fall into any of those categories mentioned above. In fact, you are as pissed off at such happenings in our nation as any outsiders here!

So think of common Australian men like u, who don't believe in racism or color discrimination... who don't believe in violence for sorting out differences of opinions/culture etc. Aren't they feeling bad too by reading all these posts doing the rounds on the net, labeling all Aussies as racists?

I'm not taking anyone's side here. And I'm not saying that color discrimination is not practiced anywhere in the developed world. But are we right to pass judgment on the entire nation because of some people who refuse to use their brains?

This post was deliberately "overdone" with such generalizations to give us a taste of what we are doing.

Btw, you say u usually like my posts... so how come u never stop-in to comment on stuff u like? And u only turned up when u had to point out something u didn't like? Hope you aren't turning into one of those ppl who are too miserly to give a compliment! :p

Kaddu said...

Koke:
Welcome buddy! Yeah I have seen you around in the comment pages here and there! :)

Agree with all that you said above. And even in India, we teach that fair is better than black or brown. So the prejudice is both ways, isn't it? We had Ads showing you can't become an air-hostess unless you are fair. Now we even have Ads showing you can't clear any interview unless you are fair! We even have "Fair & Handsome" now!

That is why I say towards the end of my post that we need to keep our wits about us, and not be blindly swayed into any severe reaction.

Shreesh said...

humm 11 comments within 24 hrs of posting. Thats and achivement buddy. yes I agree with you. The only reason why 1857 became big was beacuse first time we found that standing united can make us powerful,and one of the main reason it failed was that the very foundation of that unity was flawed. some of my friends in australia have said ,it wasnt as bad as indian media projected it. we are safe and doing good here.
The reason why people become racist is they want a sense of power. being raciset gives them a sense of belonging to some group of people or some cause and some boost to root chakra which makes them feel good,but thats a false boost.
The problem with indians is that they dont want to come out of the comfort zone out of the shell and take responsibility for being truly a global citizen. Basically we are never taught this way. we are taught hatred and dislike in one or other way concioulsy or subconcioulsy since childhood,by media books ,random comments of parents and elders etc.
I remember reading a part of some indian diplomat's book in which he described his stint in various countries. He wrote about pakistan too.He n his wife were invited by a well to do elite pakistani couple for dinner , and they were shocked after the couples daughter funnily clapped and pointed at the indian diplomat n saying "hindu kutta hindu kutta".
NOW ..whoever taught that 4 yer old this would have never imagined that this incident can come ina book form for thousands to read and his one seed of hatred planted in a 4 yer old is going to generate hatred in thousands of indian's and so called hindu minds whose burnt is goingto be felt by the community here .
I know i went a lil off track here , but this is how it all starts.
lets hope that we are able to stop the further generating this negetivity and basically learn from this.
Luv N Light
shreesh

Dhiman said...

Kaddu bapre what a "strong" statement against "We" racists ...
I had commented on Kadambaris's blog on this "me marathi, u bihari, sala bangali" thing...which I sort of repeat...yes it is there but I don't think aam aadmi will take up arms against each other for calling names etc..actually the 'Indian' "racialism" is politically instigated ....
I personally don't think the recent attacks are all due to racialism in particular but I tell you what I have seen when I was abroad is lack of knowledge of each others culture(u know too many generalization coupled with some sporadic personal ones) what breeds racial hatred...Also the allegations are Indians are "smelly", Indians stay together in groups...Indian cook "sambhar with hing", Indians can't speak "English" yes there are such "Indian" in some cases but tell me are you "This" type of Indian.....
I think like some companies do even students should undergo "culture" training before moving to different countries its very important to avoid these kind of "narrow" outlook about our countrymen...
u said Indian work more hours for less wages I hope you know Philippine ppl work for still lesser wages...so its more to do with state of economy back home rather than anything else honestly everybody wants to spend time with family and "chill" out [booze, fags :D ] ...I am telling you the organisations discriminate pay based on nationality...I tell U a 'European' or an 'American' gets paid more for the same work compared to an Asian.. and mind you its a competitive age thats what "goras" only taught the world...
Talking of generalization... last time when I was in US I had a Pakisthani(Yeah bl*** 'paki') colleague who was very good friend of ours and we used hang around together a lot and this intrigued our American friends who often remarked "OMG U Indian and he Pakisthani but U guys get along very well"...so what do say to that...
I think we all are over-reacting by calling ourselves "racial"

Kaddu said...

Shreesh:
Wow! That post must have really inspired u a lot, to have made the effort of typing out such a looooong comment! :)) Thanks yaar!

Yes, that's exactly what I meant to say - that don't follow the media blindly, things usually aren't as bad as they project them to be!

And that 4-yr-old kid's example was brilliant! To think that in all our discussions going on abt the Aussies right now, our 4-yr-olds, who are listening onto those discussions at home & from news channels, will be learning that all Aussies are racists! And if we were to have an Aussie friend for a visit someday, they would start clapping their tiny hands screaming in delight - "Aussie racist, Aussie racist!"

Do we want that?

♥ÐÅyÐяєÅмє®♥ said...

I agree..... I was thinking to write sumthing similar..but I think u said it better... :)

Kaddu said...

Dhiman:
As you said "Aam aadmi" in any country is least interested in such things unless the media specifically directs his attention towards them. We are all too busy enjoying our game of T20! ;)

I remember when I was taking calls in the BPO for Dell, I used to have customers who would ask me questions like "Indians are very superstitious, aren't they?" Lack of cultural education, as u said!

As for Philippines, LOL! Funny u shud mention them! I once took a call where the customer asked me if I was from India... I thought maybe he was going to hang up on me for being an Indian, but he instead breathed a sigh of relief and said "Thank God, I've got across to an Indian finally! My call has been reaching a Philippines center each time, for so many hours now, and I simply can't understand what they are trying to tell me!" This American was actually pleased he got through to an Indian finally, 'coz he said Indian tech support had always been able to fix up his computer till then!

Aam aadmi, be it in India, America, Australia or Pakistan, is least bothered about such things. We just hang out with whoever strikes a chord within us. And individually, we all really are interested in learning abt other cultures. It's just that we get swayed so easily!

Kaddu said...

DayDreamer:
Arre! Itni lambi chaudi discussion mein itna chota sa comment! :o

As the Mind Meanders said...

Kaddu Kaddu Kaddu....

I am happy to see this post. I can see that you thought about this for long. I am one of those who wrote a post on this issue... as a reaction to a couple of strong posts that I read. Then I had to write another one to clarify some of the stuff that I wrote :-). I was tired of writing on this issue… till you came along

Now you have gone and done it. Got me to write a comment as long as a post. But here goes...

If I had to summarise your post (and correct me if I am wrong)...

1) You feel that we are overreacting...
2) We have brought this upon ourselves...
3) That we are closet racists too...

Now, with the 3rd point - I am in complete agreement - but our obsession for the "fair and lovely" is a result of looking up to the white man for a couple of centuries. We actually bought into the concept that white is superior. Think about “Why” this happened. Marketing, my dear, is not a new concept.

On the 2nd point - I am in partial agreement. Yes. We do lend ourselves to caricature. But so does everyone. The British are ridiculed for their "fascination with the weather", the French for their "fascination for a good life", the Americans for "lack of culture" and the Australians for "lack of etiquette". However, I disagree that the only reason this is happening with Indians is that we brought it upon ourselves. Why don't the "others" get assaulted because they are "different" from others. The "root cause" Kaddu, in my opinion, is Economic. Let me try to explain... You would agree that incomes in middle class households have risen considerably over the last 10 odd years. HOWEVER - have the income of the household help who work in our homes increased proportionally??. The answer is NO. By nature - people, any people, of any country, race or religion are exploitative. If we can afford to spend 5k on a meal each month with the family, cant we pay the maid a little bit more than we do... Now extrapolate that... India, is getting more and more powerful in the global scenario. We still have a long way to go... but we do have better trade balance now... How do you expect the aging developing world to react? Suddenly... they see more brown faces than the ever did... sometimes... they have to work under the brown faces. Its change. Change is never easy... for anyone... This resistance to change (coloured as racism) that we hear about... and will continue to...... is the world’s reaction to change. Change that they did not drive or plan. Trust me…It would have been worse... if the recession was worse…

Yes - we brought it upon ourselves, Kaddu, by doing a little better than we did years back.

BTW - I disagree that we work harder. Yes, we work longer!! But harder... not really. The work ethic in the more developed nations is much much stronger... I should know… I work alongside these chaps... The Germans... and the Americans... work as hard as anyone else... and more efficiently. We are yet to grasp the art of managing time they way they do...

Now... finally, are we overreacting... I don't think so... Whatever the reasons for what is happening... It does not take away from the fact that “what is happening” is WRONG. From our perspective!... And from our perspective... we have to react... I don’t recommend a violent reaction... but a logical reaction... which is "put your bloody head down and work hard till you come on par OR go ahead." Acceptance will come automatically and “racism” will go out of the window... NO ONE SCREWS AROUND WITH THE JAPANESE... wondered why... they are yellow skinned right...

As the Mind Meanders said...

Oh No! I did not realize that it was this loooong... sorry Kaddu

Kaddu said...

Blog Gore:
Ha ha ha! I was just commenting on your blog & saw your comment in my inbox! Coincidence! :D

LOL! Naah! The entire summary was wrong! I don't feel any of it. I don't have any reaction at all to what happened there. Yes what happened was wrong, but no big deal - we all make mistakes. We do whatever we feel right at that point of time, and sometimes we get carried away in emotions/insecurities. And we usually regret it later on, unless we are some psychopath extremists, in which case, it's an individual mental disorder and not necessarily the feelings of an entire nation!

My post was primarily meant to confuse everybody, to bombard them from so many different angles of looking at the same thing that they stop making statements like "Aussies are racists"! That's all.

The world is becoming smaller at a very fast pace. Globalization is happening faster than we can acclimatize to it. We need to keep this in mind... and give people a chance to get used to the changes that are happening. We need to remember that at times they will feel scared of the change being imposed on them, and that they will react to such fear, but we need to have patience and keep our cool about us.


Reacting to fear of change is a basic human tendency, nothing to do with being from a different race! Even guys had a hard time initially, adjusting to the idea that women will also work next to them in offices, and not remain under a foot-long ghoonghat anymore! We need to remain assertive, without getting aggressive, and continue on our own growth as a nation, and eventually the world will get used to accepting us as a developed nation.

I guess this is where Gandhiji's 'Ahimsa' can be of use - don't turn the other cheek but at least avoid reacting in kind! Give the world the impression that we are cool... we will not be deterred from our paths... we will not be ruffled by such random incidents... we are determined... and we know that these events are happening because we have started leaving our mark globally now! Exude confidence from within.

Dhiman said...

The reason I am concerned about the Indian students in Australia or anywhere else is that what I read in different forums and blogs is the true sentiment of Australian students in campuses across that country then there must be some serious thinking that needs to be done as a society I mean India and Australia both rather than blaming each other of being 'racial' or whatever
and parents in India need to think really hard before sending their children abroad for studies ... and if they do send then the child should be fully aware of what to expect in that country I mean the local culture, the common code of conduct etc... because nobody will want their children to suffer.
and on the other side our government should now 'wake' up to build better colleges and universities in large numbers so that you don't have such a mad-rush for 'foreign' degrees. Because one of the common phrase in the Australian forums I have read is "If they have better options back home then Let them go why come here" what do you say to this kind of ideologies ?
Kaddu, India is a developing nation and a huge number of Indians still today live below poverty line but the Indian who has gone to their country for studies or work is certainly not a "Bhooka" Indian but many 'aam' "foreigners" still feel like that, take it from me ...I have heard very weird questions... they think we are not as equal as them.... we are not there with our "jholis" but we are there on our merits and capabilities after passing through their stringent screening processes and they are not losing jobs just because we charge less but because we do the same or better quality work for a less price....

Kaddu said...

BG again:
Arre why sorry yaar! Blogger says 'no word limits'! So enjoyyyyyy! :D He he he ;-)

Kaddu said...

Dhiman:
Did u read what Vyazz wrote abt this on his blog? Most of ur questions/apprehensions have been very well answered by him, considering the fact that he is actually living out of India, in a foreign land.

About the foreigners thinking of us as a 'bhooka' nation (which is responsible for creating food shortage in the world! LOL!)... well, I guess we'll just have to educate them otherwise then, won't we? They are also simply listening to their media like we are listening to ours. They have no idea of the real picture regarding us, just as we don't know about them!

So fighting with each other is not the solution, is it? We need to interact peacefully, and dispel with our fears/insecurities. Otherwise, as Nikita says in her post on men (which is linked to from my sidebar), we might as well remain hidden inside the confines of our safe little houses! But if we want some change to happen, then we ought to be prepared to accept a little bit of hostility dished out our way! Simple as that.

If u look at it from a bigger perspective, Nikita's take on men is very similar to this issue. Girls want a place in a male dominated wold, they have to be ready to face some pressure. India wants a place in the developed world, she has to be prepared to face a bit of pressure. But don't u think a cool and calm response, like she wrote, would have a better effect on driving our point across, than a hostile and aggressive media-inspired reaction?

As the Mind Meanders said...

Kaddu... I can understand... You got your reaction too... and it is wrong to generalize... I buy that completely...

BUT

I can't agree with you that whatever is happening is "no big deal"... It is Kaddu... It is a big deal... The term "no big deal" makes the issue sound trivial... which it isn't.

It takes only a little event to mould the psyche of a people... not because they are all racists... but because WE are all opportunists... Each one of us... Indians.. Australians... everyone... This is not a generalization... and there is nothing wrong with being opportunistic. It is part of our natural make-up

We have to demonstrate some reaction... It can be as you say "cool" reaction. Only if the “cool” reaction is a VISIBLE COOL reaction. Because this IS an opportunity for us to let the world know that CHANGE is inevitable... and play the game to get them to accept it...

To give a little example... lets say we "no big deal" and don't react... what stops racists in every developed nation from interpreting "no big deal" as a tacit agreement to their approach and attacking the colored people who, in their opinion, are competition. (Like the recent attacks on north Indians in Mumbai). What stops the other people and the governments in those countries from standing by and watching (with tacit if not explicit approval) while "ethinic cleansing" happens. The actions of a few idiots, after all, are of benefit to a larger uninvolved population.

I agree with everything that you wrote Kaddu... other than associating the term "no big deal" with the issue...

There are times to sit on the fence and philosophise about situations (oh its normal…we are like that too… its just a few idiots…) And there are times to ACT. This one is a time to ACT. I feel the pulse of people when I travel. I speak with first hand knowledge.

To quote Martin Niemoeller during WW2 "In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up."

Rashmi said...

I am speechless, i too have read lot many posts on this racism thing doing severe round these days, but i guess i had my not-so-grown-yet-completely....... thoughts hence just couldn't get them together to make a point, a point of view which i want to share, Although I 110% agree with you, but even now i am still not sure of my clear perception, I will sure come up with something soon....nevertheless i truly advocate this post......AMAZING read, i must say.....cheers dear kaddu!!!

Kaddu said...

BG:
I just heard in the news a few minutes ago that two 7-year-olds burnt their aunt alive! Does that mean that if we don't do something about it, all 7-year-olds are going to follow suit? :-D

Aussies aren't idiots. They know very well that their country is getting an economic boost by maintaining friendly relations with other nations, including India. In fact, all white ppl know this, for they are the ones who started this concept of 'free trade' n stuff!

The pulse of ppl is controlled by the media. The media here in India & abroad. in my post, I mentioned so many different perceptions that foreigners have abt Indians, including the one abt taking away their jobs. But tell me, we guys who can use our brains, do we really believe that we are hurting their economies in anyway?

BPO jobs have created so many opportunities for an entire section of ppl. 10-years ago, there were hardly any Indians with all the latest electronic stuff! Suddenly u can see a PC in almost every educated home. And now laptops are following suit! Plasma TVs, foreign brands, their retail store chains, McDs, KFCs... more and more Indians have the money to splurge on their stuff! Aren't we increasing trade for them in other ways?

Have u seen that public service Ad featuring Aamir Khan, in which he speaks on behalf of some 'goris' being bothered by Indians? I think that's visible enough... and 'cool' enough. So make that go 'viral'. Find it on youtube, pass around its link in forums and communities where there is a mix of white and brown both! Spread THAT msg across, rather than the one that Aussies are racists! Stop self-victimizing yourself as a nation! Show yourself as a powerful nation, secure within itself, and confident of itself! Remember the cards game 'Bluff'?

Kaddu said...

Rashmi:
Ha ha! I personally feel it's best not to take any stand at all in such controversies! That way, they die out faster, and people can get back to their normal lives, doing some 'constructive' work sooner! That's why I rarely write about any current affairs here.

sonu anand said...

Hi Kaddu,

loved reading.... had a mix reaction smile , anger disgust and others.....

cool.....

i felt really sad that that the guys you faced or you everyday see stare at you ......

but you should not have generalized it as we indians do that... you could have said men do that it would be fine..... i doubt if australians don't do that.

few australian cricketers were bashed in a kolkatta pub when they misbehaved with a lady who had come with her husband. indian cricketers who were with them saved them .....

sorry sorryy......
got in the wrong side.....
whatever you wrote was long and interesting.....

I agree that you have all the right to express what you feel but at the same time it is also true that i also have the right to disagree.

Kaddu said...

Sonu:
Hi Sonu! Welcome to my blog! Your first time here, right? :-)

As for the generalization, ha ha! Arre that was deliberately overdone... have mentioned why I did it in the comments above, but I suppose you skipped them! LOL! It's been quite a long discussion on this post! I just wanted ppl to realize that generalizations pinch everybody... when foreigners hold generalizations on Indians as a race, that we are smelly and stuff, as well as when we Indians pass comments writing off an entire nation as racist.

As u mentioned in ur comment abt the Aussies who were bashed here for misbehavior, MAYBE something like that started it all in Australia too. But over here the Indian cricketers stepped in and controlled the situation. Just imagine if the incident had taken some ugly form & if some Aussie had died here... and the story leaked out by the media as Indians were racist, do u realize what could have happened to Indians living in Australia then?

And of course, you have every right to disagree! But perhaps if you had gone through the comments before, and gathered the 'facts' about why this post was written the way it was, then maybe you wouldn't have had any further reason to disagree! What say? :)

Nevertheless, I always welcome an open & hearty discussion. Had it not been the case, I would have simply 'rejected' everybody's comments who dared to cross me! ;-) Ha ha ha ha!

Roshmi (Musings of an Unknown Indian) said...

Oz country was always racist, with a capital R... I have friends who studied there. But, the violence part is a recent phenomena...

By the way, these aussies are the descendents of all kinds of criminals and anti social elements... e.g., thieves, robbers, burglars, murderers, rapists, pirates, beggars, drunkards, drug addicts..... who were "marooned" in this island - Australia, instead of being awarded the 'capital punishment'... during the colonial era...

Perhaps, they have a problem with the presence of their 'colonial cousins' in Oz country... ;)

Kaddu said...

Roshmi:
Ummmm, isn't there a racist in each one of us then? All humans? Tell me honestly. Do we completely take each and every person for what he/she is, rather than what country/caste/creed/sex/racial origin he/she belong to?

For example, you say that Aussies are "descendents of all kinds of criminals and anti social elements"... so then do we hold THAT against them after so many centuries? Why even dig up the past? We have violence streak in our roots too. There have been plenty of cross breeding between Indians and the foreign invaders going back to centuries. In fact, I don't think any of the North Indians today even qualify as the pure Dravidians that original Indians consisted of.

Jokes apart, there are radical racist groups everywhere, even in India, but that doesn't mean ALL of us would resort to killing. We need to suppress this matter so it doesn't take a more serious form. There are 2 sides to every coin. Let's not add so much energy to just one side of the scales only.

♥ÐÅyÐяєÅмє®♥ said...

Phaltoo k discussion hai yeh sab....apna ghar koi dekhta nhi dusro pe kichad udane chal padte hai.....

maharashtra aur bihar mein indians ko mara pita gya..gujarat mein unhe jinda jala diya gya...aatankwadi mubai mein logo ko maar gye....koi venice mein mara toh punjab ja utha ....iske siva lanka mein tamil mare..bangladeshiyo ko jail mein daal diya gya...tibbetans ko protest nhi karne diya jata...nepaliyo ko sex trade emin lagya jata hai...
so hum jab apne logo se aur apne garib desho k logo k sath karte hai tab kuch nhi.....

as i said in my frnd's blog....

when we have termite infestation ...do we think abt rights of termites....nahi na...we are infesting those countries and changing their culture...they are bound to retaliate....and I don't blame them as I know how stinky we are ourselves.....

yaha bolkar kya hota...phaltoo ki controversy hoti .....yeh sab dikhane ko deshpremi hai..agar sachhi desh se pyar hota toh vote daalne gye hote and mehnat karte ki desh ka nam badnam na ho..blog par ro dho kar kya hoga....

:)

♥ÐÅyÐяєÅмє®♥ said...

and what roshmi said...

hehehehehe she dug out a past without knowing the proper info that the british sent rebels not robbers there....

and why the hell her frnds went to study in a country which she thinks so derogatory... ???


these type of comments makes me furious and that's why I don't participate in these arguments

Kaddu said...

DayDreamer:
Arre baap re! Maine to sirf rats hi bola tha, tumne to seedha hum log ko 'termite' bana daala! Ha ha ha! Chill! Main gayi thi vote daalne! :D

DayDreamer (again):
Arre kisi ko bhi bheja tha, the point is that ppl WERE living happily together in australia for so many years now na... so what happened recently, that has led to this mass outrage? Any new law/policy? Any changes in this particular fiscal? Or is it related to the economic meltdown in some way? Why are we focusing so much on the symptoms only and not the actual root of this sudden and very acute 'bimaari'?

♥ÐÅyÐяєÅмє®♥ said...

it is defn the economic meltdown..the whole world is looking for cheap labors and that's what India is giving them cheap and skilled labors...and displacing them from their job...Indian have a strong tendency to form communities and they made there too ...it is like if chinese and pakis make communities here...we label them terrorists.....so what India is doing there dharma karam....

I am saying na whole world is now realising India is becoming a major market and a superior power so they are busy in appeasement ...lil realising that their own people are now feeling terrified and insecure...it was due for long...only the australians started it and the rest is following.. it just needed a spark and thanks to Indian media they made afire out of it :)

Kaddu said...

DayDreamer:
Hmmmm... could be a point.
Media rocks... literally! [Rocks the peace of the world!] :p

sonu anand said...

:-)

Kaddu said...

Sonu:
:-D

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