NYT is now outsourcing their vacuous analysis on the Opinion Pages to op-ed contributors from Bangalore, no less. Tom Friedman beware, your competition has arrived. Ms Sankar’s column in a nutshell, nobody I know of speaks of uncomfortable stuff like caste or caste discrimination, ergo its no longer a relevant factor. Also, it makes me sad that others, not as enlightened as I am, are using caste when deciding who to vote for….
A quick Google search with the word caste, came up with multiple stories from Indian newspapers with caste in the head lines. Even when it is not in the headlines, caste provides the subtext for almost everything in India. So much for her claim that newspaper headlines don’t obsess over caste anymore… Caste-based discrimination is the reality of life for far too many Indians. Although, truly reprehensible practices around who you can touch and share food with may be dying out in the urban areas out of sheer necessity. The opportunities that are available to you depend to a great extent on your caste. Since caste and class usually go together, abject poverty is the fate of many at the bottom of the caste ladder…
Nothing like a thorough fisking to clear out those blocked passages full of unthinking assumptions and mealy-mouthed platitudes!
I am moderately addicted to the NYTimes‘ “India Ink” blog, because it’s really interesting to see the One Percenters of a giant conglomerate nation that is not us/US grapple with global geopolitics. During the first Gilded Age, British imperialists and their American admirers were always talking about “the Raj” as a shining example of how True Civilization would naturallly “evolve” into a system where a oligarchy could use an ever-insecure class of “warriors, scholars & merchants” to keep the vast majority of the population controlled. (If only Jeebus had had the forethought to announce that those poor who were always with us should be permanently branded, and their children after them!) If Rich Lowry can bring himself to risk the spiritual contamination inherent in perusing EvenTheLiberal NYTimes, I’m sure Ms. Sankar’s column gave him Starbursts!