A few days back a Tanzanian girl in Bangalore was assaulted and paraded naked by an unruly mob. As per reports, an intoxicated Sudanese, ran over a local woman and fled from the site. The crimes, the girl committed were – one: to step out and enquire about the accident that occurred thirty minutes before her arrival and second for being an African. Other than that the girl did not have anything to do with the incident nor with the person concerned.
A few years back, Somnath Bharti, an AAP leader and then Delhi law minister, was charged for leading a mob against Ugandan women living in Delhi on suspicion of drug peddling.
It is not that racism has been directed to only foreign nationals. Even our own citizens have faced the trumpet. People from North East have been subjected to racial slurs including death. From being addressed as ‘Chinky’ to the cold blooded murder of Nido Tania, the son of a prominent law maker from Arunachal Pradesh in Lajpat Nagar, only expose the bigotry and intolerance in our society.
The underlying problem is to understand this strange attraction within Indians towards such racist tendencies. Maybe we should start with a hard reality that Indians are really racists. A video released by Indiatimes production detailing the account of discrimination faced by African students in India lends credence to the aforementioned reality.
Other than the discourse on reservations, there hasn’t been much visible debate on racism in our society. This is the real issue with discrimination in India: many of us from childhood are inculcated with an inferior notion towards people of different race and colour. Matrimonial ads requiring ‘light-skinned’ and ‘wheatish-brown’ partners are a regular. Dark skinned children or those with uncommon features are taunted and bullied. The end result being people from other states and countries with varying skin tone to languages are subjected to racism.
Last October, at a metro station in New Delhi, men screaming out “Bharat mata ki jai” viciously attacked four African men. The incident prompted anger from Indians on social media. While the general public cries out loud against racist attacks on Indian dignitaries, celebrities and students abroad, many among us, turn a blind eye towards racism scourging our society.