Racial discrimination is abominable. It should be condemned wherever it takes place. However, they who racially discriminate others should not wail when they become its target. The news headlines and social media posts are full of news of Indian players racially discriminated in Australia by Australian spectators. Whole India is in shock. Some spectators hurled racial slurs on Indian cricketers during the match. Australian Cricket Board has issued official apologies for this abuse committed by Australian nationals. It is commendable that the Australians have publicly apologized for this insult. But dominant upper-class Indians, too, should learn from this incident. In India, minorities such as Dalits, Shudras and Muslims are racially and religiously discriminated in routine. Furthermore, the majority ( consisting of upper-class Indians) has institutionalized and systemized racial discrimination in its society. Minorities are denied any dignity in their social life only because they belong to certain groups that have different racial or religious backgrounds. They are considered lower classes in India. It is a part of Hindu Barhaman religion to mistreat people of lower castes and races. The treatment meted out to Indian players by Australian racists is the imitation of what majority Indians do with their fellow countrymen. Perhaps, this incident might serve to realize them what it feels like when someone discriminates you on any grounds. For now, Indians should not mourn on this incident. Upper-class Indians should put their own house in order first. If the dominant upper-class Hindus keep crying out without officially apologizing to lower classes, the question arises “on which moral grounds the majority of Indians are wailing when they do the same in their own country.
Author: Rana Amir Iqbal
-Writer’s view may not necessarily reflect views of the Moderate Thoughts Research Center.