Monday, January 22, 2007

Job well done?

The recent cessation of hostilities not withstanding, most Indians would still consider it an insult to be called a Paki. But Shilpa Shetty's publicist must be a really happy man. For the past week or so, she certainly has been hitting headlines all over the world. I don't want to comment on Shilpa Shetty's career prospects (or lack thereof) post Big Brother, but whole episode has certainly turned the spotlight on racism. Everybody from the guy next door to the British PM is now involved.

Given the financial strength of the Asian/Indian community in Britain, this will probably be a good time to start addressing the issue of racial discrimination. Maybe a lesson on how people from different places look would be a good place to start. Didn't the Metro P0lice kill a 'terrorist' because they thought he had "Mongolian eyes" only to find out that he was a Brazilian immigrant who had absolutely no connection to the bombings? And certainly was no Mongolian?

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