Speaking in half-English half-Hindi has become the norm in India now
I hear that amongst Brahmin chucking in a bit (or a lot) of English here and there is considered classy
— Adam Fitchett 🏳️🌈 🤖 🤘 (@fitchett_adam) November 29, 2018
It's not so great for participants from the LBQT+ community and certain belief systems.
— Chris Hammerschmidt (@chrshmmmr) November 28, 2018
For context and thread click on the links but I will say this:
- Incidentally both these individuals tangentially touch on V’s field. The chap in the first status does something that is related to her department (though it’s UCL not Cambridge) and in the second tweet below we are having a discussion on NIPS, which is the big-daddy of ML conferences (which is LV’s field).
- The chap in the first status is casually throwing around the word “Brahmins.” This immediately set me off since why should a Coloniser rudely opine on Caste, which is a South Asian phenomenon. We would not presume to have opinions on their sub-communities.
- The chap in the second status has no idea what Passport Privilege is. If you hold a passport from a second world / third world country getting a visa to a developed country can be an ordeal and a half. I suggested Dubai as a midway point because I was sensitive for Asian conference participants.
- While I agree that Dubai is not the best place for LGBTQ+ individuals the fact is that Westerners (of whatever orientations) have it pretty good in Dubai. Unless they are openly displaying their orientation they won’t face any hassle.
- I agree that ideally a better place should be found but it shows a profound lack of sensitivity and understanding to contrast what South Asian passport holders have to go through in order to get into these critical conferences.
These are the intersectional wars and what’s happening is that Intersectional Whites (Women + LGBTQ+) are pushing back against Brownz, who have a lot of Intersectional Privilege (We were colonised for a few hundred years). As we surge into Model Minority status (at least the dhimmi among us) there will be a profound lack of sympathy for our problems (that we get mistaken for taxi drivers, uber drivers or that our kin back home don’t get visas).
Like the Tory Party I usually holding two fronts; one on Diaspora issues and the other on Home Issues. Izzat is paramount and Brahmin Izzat is important to protect since they are the nucleus (for better or for worse) of South Asian civilisation. Caste is a problem (or not) for South Asians but it is something we must internally resolve; we don’t need a new batch of Coloniers (only sympathisers) to involve themselves.