Racism has always managed to rear its ugly head in countries and cities that are yet to be called developed- developing cities and countries. It has different definitions for every individual. If it is restricted within a country, it’s considered as casteism and if it spreads its wings to International borders, it’s termed as racism.
What happened with the Tanzanian women in Bengaluru is not acceptable in any part of the society. The culprits need to be punished with the harshest punishments per the law.
This controversy has now taken a political twist and the usual blame game is on between the Ministry of External affairs and Tanzanian High Commission. It is a clear case of India’s notorious reputation towards mob fury. How do we justify a mob stripping and assaulting a Tanzanian woman for an incident or accident caused by a Sudanese national? Only because they have the same skin tone?
In my opinion, it’s the Indian tendency of colour prejudice. We are subconsciously in awe of people with a skin tone lighter and simultaneously in disgust towards the people with a skin tone darker than us.
I think that every small issue in India is politicized or is used for political mileage. This issue went through the same. Is it really hard for the political camps to understand that it is a case of mob fury, lined with racism? Using such issues for their vote banks is initially destroying India’s image in the world.
When it came to Indians being the victims of racism in Australia, the Indian government intervened with their Australian counterparts and resolved the issue on a priority basis. When the same is happening with people from other nationalities in India, the political parties in India are conveniently avoiding it, rather than solving it.
It cannot be said that racism is a dominant part of the society, but it has continued to exist, despite the development, social awareness and relations between the nations.
Racism is a cancer without cure for our society and we need to prevent it, together. If it spreads across our nation, we lose the reputation around the world. We have to change our mentality of treating people of different racial identity differently.
It should not be forgotten that these are people, normal students, professionals and tourists who come to our country and help boost the economy and the world’s view of India.