Is it possible to learn from the past, improve the present and guarantee a safer future for everyone around us?
Racism is the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races. It is something that is prevalent all around us. A few months ago, I realized the extent of this problem while I came across numerous racism incidents in India.
In February this year, a mob attacked a Tanzanian student in Bangalore. The young woman was stripped and paraded in front of onlookers. She thereafter accused India of “ingrained racism” and so did her country’s envoy.
The summer witnessed a murderous assault on a 29-year-old Congolese French language-teacher in Delhi. And the next assault, within days, on Africans including a student, a priest and his wife and baby near Delhi.
These incidents are not isolated, there have been several across the country and this problem definitely needs to be tackled. The government doing their bit is one thing, but we, as a society need to tackle the problem at the grassroots level.
Racism is something that is passed on from generation to generation; it’s a mindset that needs to be changed. After coming across these incidents I realized something needs to be done, I felt I would feel guilty all my life if I didn’t do my part.
After much deliberation, I came to a conclusion that we need to make our society more welcoming. We have to learn to appreciate our differences and be more accepting. Through this campaign I aim to spread awareness about xenophobia, in an attempt to make India free of xenophobia.