Why is colorism so tolerated in India?

Answer by  Raakhee V. Menon: Because in India (and in most South Asian countries, for that matter), fair skin automatically translates to beautiful. It doesn’t matter if the facial features are far from perfect. As long as the person is fair, they are considered as beautiful/handsome. I don’t think this is an age-old system, though….

How do we stop racism and casteism in India?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Short Answer : We can’t. Long Answer : Racism Discriminatory practices like racism are an ugly truth that exists in society. There is little we could do to ‘stop it’ other than trying to make people aware that at the end of the day, we all belong to the same…

Is it racist for someone to ask “where are you from originally”?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Thank you for the A2A, Riddhiban. Well, there are two ways of looking at this. One is definitely the way that is implied in the details section of the question itself…the stereotyping. There’s no escaping that. Willingly or unwillingly, when people know where you are ‘originally from’, they will subconsciously…

What would a casteless Indian society look like?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Thank you for the A2A. Gone are the days when our society was distinguishable on the basis of caste. Back in the days, a person’s caste could be identified based on what they did for a living. That is not the case now. Caste exists predominantly in the minds of…

Why is there so much racism against south Asians especially Indians?

I’ve noticed that South Asians face so much racism especially from Europeans, Americans and Middle easterns, what’s the reason behind that? Answer by Raakhee Venugopal: Thank you for the A2A. I’d like to think that racism exists everywhere in some form or the other. I respect those communities who have constantly stood up vehemently against…

What can be done to ensure that Indians are predominantly fair-skinned?

What can be done to ensure that Indians are predominantly fair-skinned? by Raakhee Venugopal Answer by Raakhee Venugopal: A2A. But why would you even think like that? ‘Dark-skinned’ (God forgive me for using this terminology) people are in no way disadvantaged. Neither do they project a bad image for tourism. And it is a plain…

Why Indian people smell so bad?

I am an american and over here I have seen Indians in buses, trains etc and they just smell so bad I am talking about the body odour. Is taking a shower or wearing perfume prohibited in their country?   Answer by Raakhee Venugopal: I write this answer due to two reasons – I am…