Indians need not apply!!!

eastlands shopping centreAn ad, for a cleaning position at Australia’s supermarket chain Coles at Eastlands Shopping Centre, placed on the Gumtree website on Sunday read:

“Store requires no indians or Asians please. MUST SPEAK ENGLISH”

Local newspaper The Mercury reported that it was later removed from the site.

While this stinks of racism and sparked a great outrage on social media sites, what I learnt while discussing this particular bit of news with my office colleagues was further unnerving, unfathomable even!

What my colleague said was this:

“I am surprised they said no to even Asians!”

Er….yes, my dear. But what do you mean by THAT? Aren’t all people in the Asian Continent called Asians?

She said, “Perhaps. But they are not all treated alike. Chinese are Chinese and Japanese are Japanese. They are not Asians. They are superior beings and are not discriminated against as much as those from India, Pakistan and such neighbouring countries!!!”

I asked, why?

She shrugged and answered glibly – “because they have white skin…”

She has her two daughters married and settled in New Jersey and Brisbane, respectively. So I figured she must have some insider knowledge/ experience in the matter.

Frankly, I was aghast! I don’t quite understand. Indians have white skin too. Infact, Indians have all colours of skin. How does it matter? Aren’t Indians capable? Aren’t they smart, beautiful, intelligent, hard-working, willing, hospitable, loving? What is it that we lack?

To begin with, this whole thing about discrimination based on race, caste, creed, colour is anathema to me. And then to learn that Indians are considered any lesser was something I just couldn’t digest.

india map

(Disclaimer: I am an Indian so I speak for Indians. That does not mean I consider discrimination against any other nationality any less evil)

 

 

 

 

 

Lets look at some facts:

  • Indians made significant contributions to calculus, trigonometry, and algebra. The decimal system was invented in India in 100 B.C. The concept of zero as a number is also attributed to India, invented by Aryabhatta.
  • The World’s first university was established in Takshila in 700BC.
    More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects. The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century BC was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.
  • Sanskrit is the mother of all the European languages. Sanskrit is the
    most suitable language for computer software – a report in Forbes magazine, July 1987.
  • Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to humans. Charaka,
    The father of medicine consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago. Today Ayurveda is fast regaining its rightful place in our civilization.
  • Although modern images of India often show poverty and lack of
    development, India was the richest country on earth until the time of
    British invasion in the early 17th Century.
  • India has the world’s third largest road network at 1.9 million miles. It also has the world’s second largest rail network, which is the world’s largest civilian employer with 16 million workers.
  • India is world’s largest democracy.
  • About 8 Indians feature in the latest most influential business thinkers list, which is released once in every 2 years by Thinkers50
  • The Indian Film Industry is world’s largest centre of film production.
  • Here is the list of top 20 Indians who have influenced the world as we know it.
  • Indians hold prominent places both internationally and in the United States. For example, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems (Vinod Khosla), the creator of the Pentium chip (Vinod Dahm), the founder/creator of Hotmail (Sabeer Bhatia), the GM of Hewlett-Packard (Rajiv Gupta), and the world cricket champion (Sachin Tendulkar)
  • Indian girls have won most International Beauty Pagents:
  • aishwarya sushmita

    Aishwarya Rai – Miss World 1994
    Sushmita Sen – Miss Universe 1994

  • diana hayden

    Diana Hayden – Miss World 1997

  • YUkta Mukhey

    Yukta Mukhey – Miss World 1999

  • Lara priyanka

    Lara Dutta – Miss Universe 2000
    Priyanka Chopra – Miss World 2000

    Diya Mirza

    Diya Mirza – Miss Asia Pacific 2000

  • Indians who won Nobel Prize:
1913
Rabindranath Tagore Literature
1930 C.V. Raman Physics
1968 Har Gobind Khorana Medicine
1979 Mother Teresa Peace
1983 Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar Physics
1998 Amartya Sen Economic Sciences
2001 VS Naipaul Literature
2009 Venkatraman Ramakrishnan Chemistry

Here are a few quotes from amongst many  famous quotes in praise of India:

  1. Albert Einstein said: We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to
    count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.
  2. Mark Twain said: India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace
    of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.
  3. French scholar Romain Rolland said: If there is one place on the face
    of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India.
  4. Hu Shih, former Ambassador of China to USA said: India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border.

Why, look closer home. We have so many bright and wonderful Indian bloggers right here in the WordPress Community. Here are some that I know:

http://justanotherwakeupcall.wordpress.com/

http://santuonline.wordpress.com/about/

http://lifeof24hours.wordpress.com

http://arindammohapatra.wordpress.com/

Well, I rest my case.

Just because India is battling poverty and political corruption, which incidentally are the only 2 hurdles, according to me, that are keeping India from rising higher up on the world map, does not mean Indians are any less able or are to be treated derogatively…

…unless the ad meant “Indians need not apply – for such a menial job”  😉

This post by mr.prose touched a nerve so deep that it had to be ‘re-featured’ on my page.

Conflict is good. Okay, not all conflict. But conflict vis-à-vis decay is definitely to be preferred. And like mr.prose so rightly pointed out – conflict ends eventually. But never without a discovery. You will either discover a mid-way or receive a clarity on further action translating into growth one way or the other. But you will be sans the frustration of not knowing, not growing or not moving on.

Deep Thinkings

There’s a subject I’d like to address today that has always been on my mind, and something that I firmly believe, but also something that I’ve never been able to articulate as well as I would like. At least, until I saw this quote:

“Conflict is better than stagnation.”

Frederick Douglass

This is a quote that really speaks to me in the way that it’s something I’ve very slowly come to have understood in my life. It’s one of those things you have to experience to truly discover. And although at first it may not seem to make any sense, if you go just a little deeper, you’ll understand what I’m talking about.

I’ve learned that there is nothing worse than stagnation in life. To cease one’s drive/effort for development is to (in my opinion) cease interest in life. You stop discovery, you lose your drive, your passion. Commonly…

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I want to, but…

Each day I log into my WordPress account and read many posts that show up in the Reader and even comment regularly. I feel happy when i read of the miracles some of you had in your life, i feel moved by the tragedies some others have gone through, I laugh at your funny posts and I cry at your happy endings.

And as i rove through just being the fly on the wall, I admire the resilience, the strength, the empathy and the intelligence that is displayed in the posts of this community of WordPressers.

And I feel like writing too… I want to share.

I haven’t not because of lack of ideas or topics to write about. Infact, in the inactivity of the days gone by, I have wanted to post about:

  • An unfinished love story
  • The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak
  • A Letter to my Son
  • The beheading of the 17 party-goers by Taliban
  • The Syrian Massacre
  • My one recurrent dream
  • Murder on the Ladies Special

But it was sheer lack of will to put thoughts into words that caused this long silence. Does it happen to you too? You want to, but you just can’t.

lost the will

There are many things in my life to be thankful for – my beautiful baby boy, my job, my wonderful family and friends, my enabling education and above all else, the knowledge of Christ.

Then why? Why am I despairing so? And why can I see no end to this?

I have been hearing that this is just a passing phase. How long does a phase last? Why hasn’t my ‘phase’ ended in like forever?

I am not bitter or angry. But nor is there peace and inner calm.

If happiness was a state of mind, if it was inside you rather than being external, if it was not what money could buy or relationships could give, then why, oh why, is it so elusive? Why is it still related to what others do or not do to you? Why cannot you distance yourself from a situation that is distressing or detach yourself from people who are toxic to your peaceful existence and live in happiness? Why does there have to be a closure first for you to move on?

You despair. You pray. Your prayers seem to go unanswered. There’s nothing you can really do. So you despair. And surrender to some more prayers. Why does God seem silent?

Has He not cried out Himself saying, “My God why have You abandoned me?”?

……… I am unable to finish this post. I have blanked out. So I am going to ‘abandon’ it right here…!!!

Please Suggest Good Reads

I am going through a tough phase both emotionally and spiritually.

Nothing short of a miracle can lift the emotional haze that life is covered in. However, the spiritual lethargy is another story altogether. I need solid Christian fellowship and in lieu of that atleast some solid Christian literature will have to do.

May i request you to please suggest some good Christian Books that will not just uplift a soul but also shake my sleepy spirit into some Christian action?

Your prayers for me will also be received with as much gratitude.

When an Enemy Falls

The Great Plains Poet

 

 

 

Sometimes a person comes into your life who just does everything they can to make you fall and will put many stumbling blocks in your path. Strangely, it seems, that an antagonist comes out of nowhere; out of left field. There are some people out there who just have it in for you; people who seemingly go out of their way to do harm to you, your reputation and sometimes, your physical wellbeing too. The bible says that we don’t fight against flesh and blood, and a strong Christian, is always a huge target.

When Jesus walked this earth, he faced many enemies, the Pharisees, priests and hard-hearted law worshipers who didn’t want their place or position to be threatened. Jesus once said to his disciples: “Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If
they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.”-John 15:20

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