Shilpa…Shilpa you’re a…*****

Now I will illustrate another example of society’s contradiction. I choose this one because it should be very obvious, but yet, it has been overlooked by many. 

I wonder how many followed the Big Brother series in the United Kingdom.

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Shilpa Shetty. Source www.mahiram.com (password required)

Perhaps some one may remember Shilpa Shetty from the Celebrity Big Brother.   

Many in her country argued that Shilpa was a victim of racial abuse, many say she was being ‘looked down upon’ and insulted by the English and European fellow contestants. Initially, Shilpa Shetty was unaware of the uproar that her country men were causing. She only knew about it after she has won the Big Brother show.   

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Shilpa Shetty. Source www.mahiram.com (password required) 

What was it that Shilpa was called during that part of Big Brother which caused the uproar? 

I find it odd for such an uproar. After all, the society in India is built primarily upon the caste system; which facilitates certain castes to discriminate against other castes. And there have been serious racial and religious conflicts too. Perhaps many have forgotten how Mahatma Gandhi struggled to uplift the Untouchables (Harijans).  Perhaps many have forgotten the violent religious and racial conflicts surrounding Independence and Partition? There are many more specific incidences: too many of them to list.

And yet some Indians (especially those who protested) find Shilpa Shetty, a well off Bollywood star being insulted in a Big Brother show… somebody even said that those Brits and Europeans who “abuse” Shilpa were “ignorant of the Indian community”.  See this article: ‘The tears and tension backstage’ from the BBC.  

But…. 

Do you know that about 55% of the population in Mumbai live in slums? 

You know what I mean?

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