Hindu matrimonial advertisements are littered with “fair”, “very fair”, “tall”, “beautiful” and the like, but also with the bizarre “innocent divorcee” and ” clean shaven Sikh”. There are always enough clues to specify caste, if caste and sub-caste are not specifically named. Often the classified ads are classified by caste.
The ad can be very specific and require a “convented girl” (which is someone educated at an english-medium school originally started by nuns – a “convent”) like this one from a Brides Wanted classified.
Typical conversations within families could well include:
“You can marry anyone you like, as long as he is from the community” (“community” means sub-caste)
“You can marry anyone you like, as long as she is not Muslim”
“If she is a gora you will be divorced within a year” (“gora” actually means red but is a euphemism for pale-skinned)
“Even an Indian Muslim rather than an African”
“But she’s so dark, (so short), (so homely), (so well built) … ….”
“Not an Assamese (Sikh), (Punjabi), (Tamil), (Bihari) ………….. “
So I was not very surprised at this story today:
- In keeping with the stereotype that “Nigerians sell drugs”, residents of a Noida neighbourhood want Africans to move out
- Locals alleged one of the foreign students sold the drugs to a Class 12 boy who died of an overdose
- Uttar Pradesh’s chief minister Adityanath this morning promised a “fair investigation”
Five people were arrested today in connection with the assault on four Nigerian students yesterday, Noida police said, according to ANI. “Police have arrested 5 persons. FIR registered, action will be taken accordingly,”said Daljeet Chaudhary, assistant director general (law and order), to ANI.
One of the assaulted students spoke to the media today. “We asked people around for help, but not one called the police. Even our college did not help,”the student said.
Racism is not just endemic among Indian Hindus, it’s genetic.