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Oct 17

October 30, 2017

Is all bias bad?

By bias / Blogs

We live in a society that forces us to be biased on almost everything around us . Fat Vs thin , rich vs poor , good job vs average job , marriageable age , education etc etc etc. Yes as a generation we are trying to move beyond such biases as we have seen over the past so many years but it's a slower process than what we really do need. We need to come out of the regular thought process of having a certain kind of life according to everyone around us . We are made to realise that...

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Oct 17

October 18, 2017

Rental Bias

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Board results are out, and the admissions for universities across India are on. Students will be looking for accommodations. However, the job isn’t so easy. Bias exists at every stage of the process. People are not ready to rent their apartments, rooms to “certain” kind of people as they are biased against them. Staying in a PG, rented room or apartment or a bed and breakfast comes with a lot of rules and regulations. Common rules include girls can’t leave the place after a certain time, mixing around with people of other religions and communities is a complete no no,...

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Oct 17

October 3, 2017

Let’s Fight Racism!

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Racism is something that needs to be eradicated from our society. I believe a very effective way of getting rid of racism is for each one of us to stop being racist.It seems to all of us, but when we self reflect it would be of surprise to find out that more than half of us are racists. Now, in order to stop being racists we must research on the topic and enhance our knowledge on race. This is important as science proves that there is very minimal difference between people of different races. A step forward, after thorough research...

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Sep 17

September 18, 2017

The fairer the better

By bias / Blogs

In a country where beauty is linked to fairness it is very hard to change a mindset against racism. Growing up I have seen numerous ads, TV shows, books, newspapers that preach “fairer is better”. Not only is fairness linked to beauty but also linked to success in all aspects of life. We’ve all grown up in an environment that believes in fair skin colour but now as I have become more aware of the world and the prejudices that exist, I question these beliefs. I don’t see how skin colour has anything to do with success, better job opportunities,...

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Aug 17

August 12, 2017

Removing Bias 101

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The first step to erase racism is looking at us and working on ourselves. I believe all of us have some or the other bias in our heads and we must start with ourselves in order to actually make a difference out there. Each one of us must think about which social groups & communities we are prejudiced against. Why are we prejudiced against them? Is it because they are a certain color, look a certain way or behave a particular way? Do we feel this way because our friends or family have influenced us, the society believes so or...

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Jul 17

July 23, 2017

Racism in India

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The summer of 2016 witnessed rising attacks on the African community all over India. Are we racists? As much as we’d like to deny it, we are racist. We have always identified with Europeans and Americans, but Africans and Asian people have never been welcomed in the country. Where does this mindset come from? Discriminatory practices in India are centuries old, and only a thorough mindset change can get rid xenophobia in India. India is a large, diverse country with 1000’s of communities across the nation. Each community has its own traditions and cultural practices and is usually not open...

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Jul 17

July 16, 2017

Mr John Flintham

By bias / Blogs

As an Englishman living and working in India, I feel super respected. This is contrary to what many would expect! Would I say that there is a bias in the Indian society? Yes, but for white expats it works for us instead of against us. When I walk in to a factory or a restaurant, I get more respect than the rest of the group. I think African expats would not receive the same respect, and herein lies the bias in the Indian society. Called brown by the world, Indians still look down upon darker skinned people. For an increasingly...

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Jun 17

June 16, 2017

Ignorance encourages Racism

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Racism can be defined as a prejudice against a race/community. It is based on generalization and encourages the belief that every individual in a group possesses the same characteristics and can be assumed to be the same. Landing at one of the busiest airports in the world after taking a red-eye flight from Delhi, I met a typical immigration officer whom i greeted with a quick hello in the local language. I received a curt hello followed by the regular questions about my stay. Having taken the same flight more a dozen times over the last year, I was ready...

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Jun 17

June 13, 2017

Why Beyond Bias?

By bias / Blogs

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...

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May 17

May 14, 2017

The importance of Colloquy

By bias / Blogs, Events

In India, racism is not unintentional it is preached. It is extremely difficult for anyone to change anybody’s mindset when it comes to the sensitive issue of biases. Sadly, but truly it’s there in each one of us. Over the past few months, I went and spoke to people from all woks of life and not only made them realise that they are biased but also the realisation that it is not right to be biased. I wouldn’t say I was hundred percent successful in making the minds of so many people racism free, but even the little change that...

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