ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

A+| A| A-

A Nation in Denial

The attacks on African nationals are ominous pointers to more public violence.

We are a nation in denial, refusing to accept that despite being heterogeneous and diverse, we are intrinsically a casteist, racist and misogynist society. The dominant notion of “Indian-ness,” that is increasingly also being identified with being Hindu, excludes all those who look, behave or think differently. Every time there are incidents that expose the reality of this Ugly India, we insist we are non-violent and tolerant because our society produced the likes of Gandhi and Buddha. No one is buying that argument anymore, least of all people from the African continent who have been targeted in ways that are unconscionable and a disgrace to any society that dares to call itself civilised.

What happened recently in Greater Noida is not new. It mirrors similar incidents in several Indian cities in the last few years. This time, the death of an Indian student through drug overdose was blamed on the Nigerians living in the neighbourhood and five of them were arrested. The matter did not end there. In the days that followed, random people from Africa, who come to India to work and study, were hounded, culminating in a mob of over 600 people beating and injuring several African nationals at a shopping mall.

Dear Reader,

To continue reading, become a subscriber.

Explore our attractive subscription offers.

Click here

Or

To gain instant access to this article (download).

Pay INR 50.00

(Readers in India)

Pay $ 6.00

(Readers outside India)

Updated On : 28th Aug, 2017
Back to Top