Racist anti-African comments made by Indian actress Rimi Sen are propagated by Indian film website Glamsham and Yahoo India.
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"Untouchability" and caste discrimination continue to be a brutal reality for more than 160 million Dalits living in India today, despite the fact that more than half a century has passed since India was born as a "democratic" and independent state.
The National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights
We have been long aware of the system of caste discrimination and associated anti-African sentiment that permeates Asian culture. It is therefore unsurprising that a bollywood actress would hold such views. However we agree as some of the more proactive Asian sites have suggested, that the culpability for the publication of these anti-African comments lies with both the interviewer Nithin Sethi and the website Glamsham.
However the fact that the majority of readers saw Remi Sen’s comments as acceptable for publication has exposed how normalised anti-African ideology is within bollywood and its audiences. It is unlikely that her racist comments will hinder her career or that of the journalist and media organisation that published this anti-African statement.
We can only hope that more Asian people follow the lead of those Asian trailblazers who are working to stamp out racism in both the public and private sphere of their community. We can only call on bollywood directors and producers to give celluloid support and prominence to the mission of the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR).This group is part of a wider struggle to abolish "untouchability" and to "cast out caste".
They state that; "Untouchability" and caste discrimination continue to be a brutal reality for more than 160 million Dalits living in India today, despite the fact that more than half a century has passed since India was born as a "democratic" and independent state.