For those Stateside, who're missing the Biggest Story on the News ... here's a neat summary at the English section of Der Spiegel on the racist treatment that Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty has gotten on a reality TV set in the UK, and how this has almost become an International Incident. And some wisdom at the blog of the Telegraph's Delhi correspondent, Peter Foster.
Tempest in a teacup. Not that the treatment she got wasn't bigoted. Racism is quite real in the UK. But puh-lease, Indians are as racist as the rest. How do we treat African students in this country? (I recall all the "bandar log", "monkey-folk" nonsense back in college) Or how the diaspora talks about blacks? (And God forbid our daughters date a black guy!) And let's not even start on the treatment of domestics, or caste in India.
Yep, we're hypocrites. And since India is in the global spotlight, and everyone loves making Westerners guilty, let's make this into a tamasha.
(Oh, at some point I guess I'll put up the "effing-Paki" taxicab story from Vegas a few years back. It was stunningly funny to hear that in the US! Especially since the cabbie obviously dind't think I was a "Paki" ... :))