The murder of a Congolese student Masonda Ketada Oliver has resulted in “Racism” once again raising its ugly head. In yet another terrible act of violence in early 2016,a Tanzanian woman was beaten up and stripped in Bengaluru. Now attacks on foreigners especially on Africans have been gradually on the rise in India for years. The question to be asked then is, does racism really exist in India or is this issue only being blown out of proportion? To answer this question we will need to first understand what racism really is and, then analyse it microscopically to arrive at a conclusion.
What is Racism and does racism exist only in India?
Racism to begin with one must realize is the ugly face of “human society” that can exist in any part of the world. This is due to the fact that the “seed” through which racism germinates is ignorance. Now although an old adage states that “Ignorance is bliss” it unfortunately is not true in many cases. And it is especially not true in relation to understanding different cultures. Because understanding another culture requires an individual to come out of his/her comfort zone.
Unfortunately though many people around the world do not want come out of their comfort zone and broaden their horizon. This inability to develop a broader world view is what then leads to ignorance. And it is ignorance that then often leads to unfortunate acts of violence which can lead to death at times. The racist attacks on Indian students in Australia a few years back and, the growing attacks on African students in India are examples thatclearly indicate that racism is not “country specific”. Hence it is essential that we must not remain under the delusion that racism exists only in certain countries.
So deep rooted is the issue of racism that unfortunately it has also affected the “Sporting World” in a huge way. Football (also known as Association Football) in particular has been affected by it. This malice has affected the sport so deeply that French Football legend Thierry Henry admitted openly that racism is a part and parcel of the game. He also mentioned in an interview that it was in many of the East European countries that racism is rampant.
The solution to this problem called “Racism”.
So having established that racism is in fact not just associated to one country or even to the sporting world but to humanity in general. We need to now try and find the solution to this problem. And the solution (according to my understanding of life) is to broaden one’s world view. This can be achieved by reading, travelling, interacting with different kinds of people from all spheres of life etc. And for this to happen an individual will either require a family that provides such an environment or then he/she will need to take the initiative to develop a world view that is broad.
In conclusion I would say that racism is certainly not restricted to India and is a universal issue and should be dealt with as a global problem. And as the great Mahatma Gandhi once rightly quoted “Be the change you want to see in the world” and, so we the children of this beautiful planet Earth must unite to become the change if we want to eradicate this menace called “RACISM”.