I was struck by how for the first time the media in India called 19-year-old Nido Taniam’s brutal death on Jan 31 what it actually was: a racist, mob-lynching.
The only reason Nido was attacked and beaten with rods and sticks, was because of his oriental features.
There continue to be such extreme forms of discrimination and violence all over India against Indians from the seven states in India’s North-east who have oriental features. North-eastern women in Delhi are often subject to sexual harassment and rape. 60% of Northeastern women in India’s major cities have been subject to one or another form of discrimination and abuse.
The media and much of the Indian public don’t like to acknowledge these as racist attacks.
But the fact is that there is blatant, in-your-face racism in India, reinforced with filthy racist slurs, against people with oriental and African features.
These are often passed off as “cultural differences.” However, all the states in India are culturally different with different language, foods, and customs.
But when the hatred spewed is based on racial features through the use of words like (more…)
Posted by Rita Banerji on February 6, 2014
Yes folks! There’s real racism in India (Not the many shades of brown skin that we are fixated on as indication of ‘racism’).
Click on the slide show to your left. These are all Indian women whose faces you will never see in Indian films, media, TV, or pageant shows. Their faces are not accepted as the typical Indian woman’s face because they have oriental or African features. But they have a history in India that’s 5000 years old. Some are of minority communities, but there are 8 states in India where the majority have oriental features! That’s right — it is major community in India.
This is the racism that India is not even talking about! And for most Indians openly racist comments and attitudes are absolutely acceptable even though Indians feel entitled to get angry when Nina Davuluri was on the receiving end after she won the Miss America title. I discuss this in greater depth in this article here Why is India Ignoring There’s Actual Racism Here that goes Beyond Fifty Shades of Brown Skin?
Posted by Rita Banerji on October 5, 2013
Posted by Rita Banerji on August 11, 2013
For the last 10 years, I have been researching, writing and working through my online campaign, The 50 Million Missing, to raise awareness about India’s ongoing female genocide. More than 50 million women have been eliminated from India, subjected to every form of violence, at every stage of life. (See this video)
I realize that many people don’t know! That’s why we have this campaign. And when they find out many are very supportive.
But I find, the biggest resistance in the west are are women’s and human rights groups, people who have some awareness about what’s going on, and who turn and look away even when I provide them with the information.
And I’m writing this blog to tell you about one such incidence with a blog called “Women Under Siege” and to ask why this is so? (more…)
Posted by Rita Banerji on July 3, 2012
Finally the U.N. has woken up and is moving towards declaring the caste system as racist. What is India’s response? Defensive and unconcerned. Surprise! Surprise!
Some argue it’s just a form of “social organization.” That’s what Gandhi said too. He opposed its abolishment. But is that so?
The Sanskrit for caste, ‘Varna’ literally means ‘color.’ India’s ancient texts designate caste on basis of color and race. The supreme Brahmin is ‘white,’ and the lowest caste, also sometime called dasa (slave) is ‘black.’ In between you have the browns and yellows.
Through centuries of mixing India now is a conspicuous brown cocktail (of many hues), but not so to the Indian eye! A Brazilian journalist from the magazine Super Interessante, while interviewing me last year, for my book Sex and Power, said that some Indians have explained to her how she can identify a person’s caste. The people of the highest caste are very fair. The lowest are almost black! I challenged her to walk into any restaurant in town, randomly pick out a few customers and test that theory.
The only real give away to caste in India today is a person’s last name. When an Indian politely asks for your “good name,” (more…)
Posted by Rita Banerji on May 14, 2010