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mocking about Indians in Edison NJ

Discussion in 'Indians in Edison' started by kalaprabha, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. kalaprabha

    kalaprabha Silver IL'ite

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    Hi Friends!
    I just came accross this article in Time magazine about Edison NJ.
    Joel Stein on Immigration, New Jersey's Indian Influx - TIME

    Eventhough the author of this article has appologised at the end after some controversies raised in other medias, it is still hurtful.

    American politicians boast that this country is a land of oppurtunity and anybody can find their future here.But for some it feels like we are taking their space.They need indian brains to improve their economy but when it comes to other issues they act selfish and mock at us.
     
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    charmingpooh Bronze IL'ite

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    My father read the same article in tamil daily and informed about this to me. see how it is reached.
     
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    gokusha IL Hall of Fame

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    aditim Senior IL'ite

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    Good Reply by the Indian Doctor.
     
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    bhuvnidhi IL Hall of Fame

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    Excellent reply by the doctor....The above sentences are just too good.

    I will not be surprised if our own people(Indians) take the side of the man who wrote the article.I know a lot of people who still think that eating at McDs and KFC will show them as "High" class.
     
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    kalaprabha Silver IL'ite

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    A Good Knock out reply to Joel by the Doctor.

    Regards,
    Kala
     
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    I am with you on this Mariam. People that does not mean am any less patriotic, am all there. Like Mariam said in here and quoted examples in other similar thread..its true, but i think she was a tad bit stronger with words/tone. I appreciate your posts Mariam, but for it to be properly understood with out people taking offence i think a tiny bit of tonning down would help to greater extents. Whatever it is i liked that you saw and spoke the truth unbiased.

    I shall provide a very decent repsonse from one Neetika.
     
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    This one of the guest's response taken form times/cnn web. Thanks.

    Dear Rahul and Joel,
    I am an Indian living in the States for the past 8 years. I was absolutely not offended by Joel’s comments on immigration and Indians. As I have been through something similar to what Joel experienced, on a micro level. However, there is one strong difference; my experience enlightened me to a better human. Here is my story: I was born and raised in a posh neighborhood of South Delhi, India. After 10th grade many hardworking and intelligent students came from some smaller cities/towns to our expensive private school (mostly on scholarship or with the help of their aunts and uncles). Most of us developed a strong dislike for them. They had no fashion sense, oil would be dripping out of their heads, their English was worse than ours and they still brought lunch boxes!!! All throughout 11th grade we out casted them as we felt insecure because they were smarter than us and we would have to study even more. We didn’t make fun of them on their face but we laughed at them behind their backs. We never sat together! It was absolutely clear that we didn’t belong together. We mocked at their long skirts, dream to get into IIT (top engineering college) and general lack of street smartness. However, gradually with class activities and spending many hours together in the same room, we started to get to know each other. Slowly we realized that we all had similar aspirations and issues in life! By the time 12th grade came, we started sitting next to each other, laughing, studying and playing together. Now we saw few differences and more similarities. We also realized that those differences were just superficial!
    So basically, it all boils down to our attitude. We could have been warm and loving to them from the beginning and we all would have had a great time but we showed resentment and insecurity. Only because we were IGNORANT (one of our biggest enemy)! We only saw differences and change as a negative factor. I know my example is from an 11th graders point of view. But since then, I always try to welcome guests/new people that I meet and try to accept change much more positively. Especially for people who are different from me.
    I see that Joel was nostalgic after visiting NJ. I would be too. But instead of making fun of Indians he could choose to get to know them and he will learn so much about himself and others. In the same way Rahul read the article and like make Indians saw it as a mark of insult and retaliated. “If you can disrespect my GOD then I can disrespect your GOD”, “If you can make fun of my food then I can make fun of your food”. But an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind! I read a few comments and my heart aches that many Indians and Americans formed two teams and only insulted each other. I am sure that is not the aim of either of you. There are good and bad people in every part of the world. There are differences and similarities in all cultures but above all we live in ONE WORLD together, peacefully. I hope my small example helps you two understand the importance of enjoying every bit of life with as many people as possible :)
    P.S –My writing and English skills are not as good as yours but I hope the message is delivered.
    Love,
    Neetika
     
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    bhuvnidhi IL Hall of Fame

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    I know that McD and KFC are not of Hi-fi standards in west(I have spent quiet a few years in US).But I was referring to our people who think that eating in a western joint makes them hi-class.
     
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    I know that I am talking on relevant grounds and will answer if the OP has any questions.
     

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