Racism in India: Towards darker skin
It is very interesting to note how Indians are ill treated ( thorugh media coverage ) these days in Australia.
We are all not blind to the fact how the aborigines were and are treated in Australia and how the country is strict with immigrant laws.
While we discuss so much about the way our Indian students were ill treated, we also can not forget the fact about which economic background these students hail from. They probably may not have undergone such marginalisation in our country, probably because they hail from socio culturally and economically sound families. It is unwise to discuss these concerns when we speak of ill treatement done to us because we are Indians.
It is also time for us to reflect whether within India we are happy with the way we treat each other.
On the oneside, we are happy and proud of our rich heritage of socio cultural mixing. This is wonderful and this has been prooved again and again, even in our recent general election.
HOwever, we can nor forget the fact that many choices are done in our country based on colour.
Our flims hail fair colour
Our spot interviews prefer beauties (as additional qualification)
Our TV reporters should have fair skinned, even if their English or vernacular may not be accurate.
Even our Cricketers must be fair skinned.
What happend to the dark skinned experts
in the field of Media?
In our films?
Among our Nurses,
among our doctors?
If one has to take a census of the people employed in Higher strata, we are shocked to see that India is by and large racist towards her own people.
We have built up a culture of preference to fair skinned.
Most of our advertisements focus only fair skinned ones and neglect the darker skinned, even if he or she is an expert.
This calls for the need of India to rededicate what Gandhi spoke on Antyodaya, the welfare of the last becoming our priority.
This way, we would find special preference to the marginalised, the oppressed, and the poor.
These are not only the Tribals and Dalits but darker skinned Indians at last.
Until we, Indians give priority to the welfare of the lease, we would not come to work for the welfare of all people. This is the way to give dignity to Humans as humans, by going beyond the colour of the skin.
Till then, it is not only Australia, but any country would look down upon our country....
But it is left to the Indians to prove our credibility and honesty with ourselves in accepting each one with great respect.
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