July 8, 2010

No need to Apologize

Filed under: Anthropology — Tags: , , — HarryCool @ 12:09 pm

My response to Joel Stein’s apology

I am an Indian and I love my country. I see absolutely nothing offending when I read your article. It’s just a harmless humor-oriented view on the Indians who have come to live in your town. I can imagine how everything would have changed there and anyone would have felt amused at the strange ways of a foreign community. This would happen the other way round as well. Imagine a community of Americans living on their own in a small town in India. All Indians will find their ways and manner strange and amusing. I live in Manila and find Filipinos to be really strange in the ways which are part of their everyday life and considered absolutely normal. I see no hatred or malice in your article.

Indians make fun of Indians all the time. Punjabies find South Indians (commonly mocked at as Madrasies) strange. Probably no one likes Bengalies (except for the Bengalies). All joke about the Sindhies. Sardar jokes go around like Blonde jokes in US. This all goes in good humor. Our films are full of fun and mockery at one set of community or the other. In fact the various states of India are more different from each other than the various countries of Europe. There is more a similarity between the culture and ways of a French and British then there is between a Sardar and a Madrasi. It is an absolute cultural wonder of the world that a Sardar and Tamil can stand next to each other and say they come from the same country.

I think the reaction to your article comes more from a sense of insecurity and inferiority complex. There is Jealousy at play here too. There is no need to Apologize

…. it is his opinion and he is entitled to it just as we are to disagree. Yet, instead of leaving it that, Indians have gone overboard in demanding an apology from Time and Stein. Frankly, that sucks.
Indians are too thin-skinned, taking umbrage at the slightest writings or statements.
It is nothing but sheer hypocrisy, the kind at which we seem very good at, that every praise of an Indian community is lauded and hailed, but on reading the slighting negative piece, the knives are out.

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