Friends, it saddens me no end that Indians and persons of Indian origin abroad are targets of racism, racial discrimination or racist slur.
Recently, the media highlighted the case of Prabhjot Singh, a Sikh professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, who was brutally attacked and injured by a mob of over 30 people who called him “Osama” and a “terrorist”.
The attack on Prabhjot Singh is not an isolated case. Nina Davuluri, the first Indian American to be crowned Miss America, was recently targeted on social media with sites such as Twitter buzzing with various racial comments directed at her, calling her an ‘Indian’, ‘Arab’ and even branding her as a ‘terrorist’.
Not only have such kinds of cases increased in number but also in their intensity. In addition to these recent cases, the media every now and then highlights hate crimes and racial attacks on Indians, be it Australia, the United Kingdom or Europe.
I cannot for the sake of me understand why racism in all its forms and manifestations is not tackled head on? Why can’t governments and societies alike come together to put an end to this practice? Drawing inspiration from famous people who fought against racism, starting from Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, I urge people everywhere to stand against racism.