Ohh… Shilpa !!!

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

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Picture Credits: Shilpa Shetty @ 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.

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

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Picture Credits: Shilpa Shetty @ www.mahiram.com (password required)

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). And that many of Gandhi’s own countrymen resisted the idea that Harijans should be of equal status to everybody; or for that matter: everybody regardless of caste or religion should be equal. 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?

And … I wonder, how many of the population in Chennai live in slums…???

You know what I mean?

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