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“Mumbai is racist, Stop Slamming Oz” by N Raghuraman

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I read this article in a newspaper and just had to reblog it:

Mumbai’s racism can be characterised as ‘cash-bigotry.’ That strain of bigotry manifests itself at the workplace, inside commuter trains, at hotels and restaurants.

Mumbai is one of the most racist places on the world map.

When American author and humorist Mark Twain said, “Clothes make the man and naked people have little or no influence on society,” he wasn’t merely being humorous. The stark realism underlying the statement is as unmistakable as its universality.

Twain’s nakedness is a metaphor for a race bereft of monetary supremacy, as opposed to one in clothes which commands societal acceptance. To that end, Mumbai, I say, is one of the most racist places on the world map.

White supremacists absurdly believe that only they live within the pale of superiority, if you can see what I mean. For others, colour of the skin does not matter; for example, in India, you can be fair-complexioned, but still remain forever doomed by the caste identity. In Mumbai, neither complexion nor caste matters: lakhs of people are reviled, humiliated, and � even worse � pushed into the category of the ‘uninvited’ if they do not have enough money.

Mumbai’s racism can be characterised as ‘cash-bigotry.’ That strain of bigotry manifests itself at the workplace, inside commuter trains, at hotels and restaurants, in malls and in housing societies. Now, remember the hoo-ha about the 26/11 coverage?

Scores of well-meaning people got terribly exercised because most the TV grandees preferred the five-star wreckage to train station ruins. In fact, one TV notable admitted that her class might have been swayed more by the travails of those who could afford the kind of shoes she normally wore. Well, she did not quite put it that way, but you got the drift.

Salman Rushdie was shaken by the compensatory hand-wringing caused by the realisation that the CST victims were all but ignored in the early part of the terror trauma. He said that it was ludicrous to even think that rich people’s blood was cheaper than that of the poor.

Well, he would have communicated the idea in different words; sang-froid in clipped tones sounds so wealthy! Anyway, Mumbai does not need the catastrophe of a terror strike to recede into cash-bigotry. It took a massive drive against drunken driving to curb the thought among rich brats that money was the fuel that made their lurching cars unstoppable and untouchable.

It surprises few Mumbaikars that a former gangster, Abu Salem, has apparently been made immune from torture not by diplomatic fiats issued by Portugal, but by the piles of ‘khokas’ offered as insurance against rough treatment.

And while you are in the malls, do you notice that those who hustle the more expensive brands are invariably more polite than those who dispense easy-on-the-budget goods? You could claim that expensive brands train their staff well? Is that so? I beg to differ.

Some of you may remember that I had once observed in this column that security guards at a suburban five-star were more likely to screen the baggage of ‘non-suited’ Indians than touch the laptop of a white guy in a T-shirt? Indians who dressed as though they were trawling through snow, were let in without any checks.

Mumbai, in other words, has an invisible class. In order to belong to it, you need to buy
a car which is much bigger than you need; you need to spend much more than you ought to; and yes, you need to flash the cash as often as you can to show you are superior.

“Preach”

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Social media today is definitely more influential than it was intended to be at first, or maybe its just how i see it. Take for instance the recent case of “Cocky Mcswagsalot” might sound like a dumb name if you have no clue already who she is but this “extra-regular person” started off a chain of tweets about how she felt about juror b37 (the juror whose opinion was a decider in the case against George Zimmerman) getting into talks about a book deal, after exclusively having interviews on CNN. The juror was becoming an overnight anonymous celebrity over a ruling that shocked a good portion of the whole world. Mcswagsalot would eventually put out a petition appealing for signatories against the book deal, a little feat at first but it went viral and would eventually be a vital blow in ensuring that the attention sloring juror got her deal turned down and in a public statement withdrew from writing the book.

I wasnt conversant with the case at the start as such but later on when i did read more about it, this was way too inspiring to ignore, it goes to show that there is a system that works, a system that isn’t based on “man’s” planning but God‘s, a system that supports one voice, irrelevant at the start, but would make an impact so vital, if not taking into consideration would have been detrimental and would warrant a credibility check on the juror’s handling a case as important as Trayvon Martin‘s. I mean…The case just got over and dealing with the judgement passed is hard on the family of the victim and all well meaning human beings all across the world, now this? the vital juror who’s decision allegedly decided the case, putting out a book deal of the ordeal she and her husband went through? really?. Astonishing as it might sound Mcswagsalot overcame in the end and gained an enviable amount of popularity both on and off twitter, in such a short span of time. The jury might have failed to convict a murderer, but this ensured b37 wouldn’t succeed in monopolizing the case.

As a people, we always can make an impact through cordial means, backed by a good cause in defense of a system being turned upside down. This brings me to the point of this blog post – In retrospect, with immense appreciation to our followers on all our social presences – we disregard that we are above a notch because of our teeming fan base on social media and rather appeal individually, to make an impact and stand for Equality whenever we can, It starts with 1…just 1

Never, EVER, Trust Facebook

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Really true.

The well-prepared mind

I stopped using Facebook a long time ago, but I didn’t want to remove my account and have no visibility on how or what Facebook might be showing about me or someone using my name. So I decided to simply remove all my Facebook content.

Just over a year and a half ago, on January 30, 2012, I deleted every single Wall post I had ever made. By hand. One. By. One.

Last October, I logged in for a look-see and was stunned to find out that all of my deleted posts had been restored by Facebook and were present on my Timeline for all my friends to see. I fumed. I cursed them loudly on Twitter. And I deleted, not hid, deleted, every single one of my Wall posts again. By hand. One. By. One.

Facebook Post Delete Snap

Today, I logged in to Facebook to check a page, and I’ll bet…

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Counterpoint.

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98th & trillville

Hey bro

I wrote this for booboo,

Bro trust me you’d like it as much as she liked it

It’s not perfect I know, but it’s like a rendition that plays on till today. Memoirs of life emphasised by contrast, but still end up making sense. So i wrote this purely from my thoughts.

To you – our counterpoint.

” A lot has been said, a lot has been done,
arguments lost and arguments won –
Riddled with false accusations – even if they were true,
can any of them really walk a mile in her shoes?

She remains strong, silently hoping,
Nobody knows, but she’s silently coping.
Problems compile problems never seeming to subside,
it’s hard to imagine she hasn’t been pushed to suicide…

He takes his time and grows fond of her,
to gain her trust and comfort her.
“She’s tainted” they say and he understands that,
But…

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