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Racism redefined by budding journalist

June 19, 2009

I was wrong.I thought racism meant discriminating /victimising someone simpy on the basis of his race.Or the belief that certain races are inherently superior to the others.You know, the kind that led a vegan-dog loving-painter to decide that the  Aryans were superior and hence,let me get myself a funny moustache and while I am at it I might as well finish off with them Jews.

Or much before that when the British decided that it was after all the White Man’s Burden to tame the uncivilized, brutal tribes of Africa and Asia.

I was horribly horribly off the mark.

According to journalist (?)Tashneem Nashrulla ,of HT, racism is daring to cheer for your team in a cricket match, when you are in a pub in the opponent’s country,and worst of all,imbibing wine made in that country.What affrontery.Sorry,such mild words will of course not exist in Ms.Nashrulla’s words.Such blatant display of racism will make for better headlines.

Click here to read how the entire nation has been hurt/insulted/abused by three woman,when they rooted for their country in a silly T20 cricket match, which let me remind you, is not even half as good as the original fifty-over match:-)

According to her, she,along with her friends were watching the match between India and England at a cafe, and when a wicket from England, fell the crowd cheered wildly.But moments later when Pietersen whacked Harbhajan for a four “the three girls bereft of any British manners , cried themselves hoarse”.

Of course, manerless English tarts, I say.What gall, to cheer for Pietersen instead of Bhajji.Don’t they know any better?

According to the said journalist(seriously,did she even graduate?) , she is all for team-spirit, but “when you are in India, in a cafe filled with Indians,who worships crickets,it is impolite to make your sentiments so blatant“.(sic,sic and now I AM SICK..)Aah, the final diktat.It is hereby announced that any person in the territory of foreign soil,shall from now on ,support the home team -home being where there arse is at present and definitely not where the heart is.Else risk being painted in racist colours by ignorant story seeking columnists of said foreign soil.

So,this went on for sometime,with each group cheering for their team ,but of course, till one Indian shouted out”England sucks’ and this set of the crowd who started chanting.This is of course not racism,because new diktat says locals can behave as monkeys,for all anyone cares.

The obvious happened.India got hammered, and like any self respecting individual would do, these three girls shouted out loud ,loud enough to be heard above the din  “Suck on that”.Quite brave I must say,given that they were totally outnumbered.

I don’t know how this makes her point stronger,but the columnist then goes on to say that though no one got violent(thank god for that),some of the Indian retorted with comments like “White Trash” and “British bitches”.

The last lines left me confused…”I am strongly anti- racist.But in the heat of the moment, bearing those women insult us in our own country,I felt antagonistic towards them.But there is a fine line between racism and patriotism and I am not sure whether I crossed it.”

Cross from racism to patriotism? All I can say is that,the crowd was stupid AND you have tried to turn a funny harmless scene into a  OJ Simpson drama with all all the racist overtones.

More I read un-informed articles like these, see journalists push mikes on grieving relatives, and Arnab invite a panel of 6 experts and letting them talk for precisely 7 seconds, the more I feel like switching to MTV.Atleast Splitsvilla has no aspirations in terms of being intellectuals.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. June 19, 2009 6:00 pm

    Hah! We have been reading so much trash lately… 🙂

    I agree there’s a fine line between patriotism and racism, between saying, ‘my nation’s best’ and ‘yours sucks’. But any racism in this case was definitely NOT displayed by the British women.

  2. June 19, 2009 8:19 pm

    You’ve inspired me to do a post on this too.

    What I like about this is how the woman has the gall to say that they offended Indians by dissing India, but she doesn’t find anything wrong with the entire crowd chanting ‘England sucks.’

    If you ask me, the entire thing is an exercise in jingoism.

    • lostonthestreet permalink*
      June 20, 2009 10:49 am

      these are the typical trouble makers in the world…

  3. Medha permalink
    June 19, 2009 10:01 pm

    Hey! First time here. 🙂

    Well, I’ve already commented on this on Tasneem’s blog and in her defense, she did say that it was a ‘you should’ve been there’ kinda situation (if you browse through all the comments), which does make sense if you think about it. But yes, I’ve said it on her blog and will say it here too that I do believe that we Indians were at fault and not the three british women who were just harmlessly supporting their country.

    • lostonthestreet permalink*
      June 20, 2009 10:51 am

      As a columnist it is her duty to write her column in such a way that we know exactly what happened,instead of her coming up with a disclaimer that “you should have been there”.Reading her article,many of us felt she over reacted.

  4. June 20, 2009 12:25 am

    The last I checked it was a free world.. how does it matter if they were Indians or Britishers? If they wanted to support England so be it.. its a sport for heaven’s sake.. you have a fav in any match!!

  5. June 20, 2009 12:26 am

    Had to add.. when it comes to cricket we loose our head and stop looking at it as a sport.. where is our sportsman spirit?

    • lostonthestreet permalink*
      June 20, 2009 10:52 am

      oh yes.wanted to write about that,but then that would have opened another pandora’s box.Its funny how Dhoni slid down from being a demi god to devil incarnate himself.

  6. June 20, 2009 3:09 am

    It’s articles such as this one that create tension where non exist, that redefines definition and cause the blur between racism and patriotism to exist. what if my partner and I watching a match at home support two different teams and cheer for them? we’re being racist towards each other? what if more and more people start thinking this way because journalist or people in the press put these thought for the nation to read? does that mean we can’t enjoy a sport for the joy it offers anymore? as it is India is slowly turning into a nation low on tolerance.

  7. lostmermaid permalink
    July 9, 2009 3:29 pm

    that was really sick thinking !! Nice post ! Thoughtful too .

  8. July 23, 2009 1:52 pm

    She crossed the line from stupid to being stupid who can get stupid crap published.

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