Monday, September 26, 2005

Discriminations on the Home Front

Being born an Indian gives me the distinct advantage of being able to live in the best place on earth. The flip side is, I have the inevitable brown skin, which almost always puts me on the wrong side of racial discrimination. While abroad, the discrimination results in several culminations; thankfully most of them physically harmless. Ugly stares from ignorant bums who think all brown-skinned dudes are terrorists by default, extra number of friskingsat the airports - we have experienced all these and have come to accept it as common place.

In a nutshell, facing discrimination outside your country of origin does not appear to be such a big deal, considering the enormous ignorance prevalent in the western world.

But what is unfortunate is the kind of discrimination we face at home front, as compared to people with non-brown skins. Have you ever tried to enter one of those pubs, which has a strict "No Stags" policy on weekends? We, the brown skinned SOBs don't get to enter these watering holes on weekends (that is, unless accompanied by a member of the fairer sex). But when a couple of white skinned dudes walk in (of course, as stags), the burly bouncers bow reverently and let them pass. Not sure about other cities, but I have seen this happen a lot in Chennai & Bangalore. When questioned, theie responses are the same. "No stags allowed for reasons of discipline & security". What the heck does this mean? What makes the foreigners more disciplined and less disturbance-creating as compared to us, to earn them this special privilege?

Makes me wonder, how can these pub/club/bar owners discrimate against brown-skinned Indians, inside India itself and get away with it? India, by constitutional decree, does not allow or encourage discrimination. If at all there is any discrimination in India; I, by virtue of my brown skin; should be on the right side of it and definitely should not be the one being discriminated against !!


Blogger Michael Higgins said...

Hi Deba
This does strike me as a holdover from the colonial era, indians thinking that the foreigner deserves more respect. I have read about this sort of thing before (oh where? was it vulturo or vikrum?)

2:44 PM  
Blogger Deba said...

Hi Michael,

Thanks for the comment. Yeah, it does indeed sound strage when we are subjected to discrimination in our own country, where as discrimination is on a decrease in the western world. I agree, it is a left-over feeling from the British Legacy - that foreigners are superior to us. I believe it was Vulturo who posted an article about this. Not sure abt the exact article though.


11:32 PM  

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