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Links 1 through 10 of 65 by Latoya Peterson tagged india

"The United States has apologised for controversial remarks made by a US diplomat who spoke of 'dark and dirty' Indians, calling the comments 'inappropriate'.

"US Vice-Consul Maureen Chao told Indian students on Friday that her 'skin became dirty and dark like the Tamilians' after a long train journey, according to Indian media--referring to people from the southern state of Tamil Nadu."

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"Near the beginning of the piece, Marantz quotes a 2003 Guardian article which states: 'The most marketable skill in India today is the ability to abandon your identity and slip into someone else's.' It's factually correct that this is a marketable skill, but by labeling it the most marketable skill the article is overreaching. It also fails to make a distinction that few Indians overlook. Namely, that there's very little money that a middle class urban Indian can earn by slipping into the identity of, say, a villager in Orissa, or a farmer in rural Nigeria. The marketable skill is the ability to slip into an affluent Westerner's identity.

"By itself, this is a small omission and overgeneralization, but there are similar ones throughout this article, forming a pattern indicative of a lack of awareness or concern for the underlying hierarchies that govern many aspects of a call center employee's life, as well as a lack of nuance."

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"Ranjana Kumari, of the Centre for Social Research and one of India's leading campaigners against female foeticide, said the surgical transformation of girls into boys without their informed consent was a sign of India's growing 'social madness'.

"She said she despaired that education had failed to stop the growing rejection of baby girls in India."

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Just in case you missed it in Chris Rock's "Good Hair."--AJP

"'Indian hair is the most sought after for the only reason that it belongs to the same Caucasian race to start with,' said Cherian.

“'And the natural color black matches the hair color of the Africans as well as, when bleached... the color of the Europeans or the Americans.'”

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"'The Brazilian government is systematically ignoring warnings from the scientific community, organized civil society, environmentalists, river communities, indigenous peoples, the Public Ministry and human rights organizations,' said Roberta Amanajas, spokesperson for SDDH. 'With the issuance of the installation license, Brazil is now going over the heads of the Inter American Commission on Human Rights, which is the principal defender of human rights of the Americas. How can a country defend its positions on the strengthening of multilateral entities of consensus on human rights, when it itself is systematically violating them, as with the case of Belo Monte?'”

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"Dr. Prabhat Jha, a lead author of the study, noted that the use of sex-selection abortions has expanded throughout the country as the use of ultrasound equipment has become more widespread. Typically, women from wealthier, better-educated families are more likely to undergo an ultrasound, Mr. Jha said, and researchers found that these families are far more likely to abort a girl if the firstborn is a daughter. 'This is really a phenomenon of the educated and the wealthy that we are seeing in India,' said Mr. Jha, director of the Center for Global Health Research at the University of Toronto."

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"But the Insight Foundation believes that a disproportionate number of the students committing suicides are Dalits, and its members allege that caste discrimination, a dirty secret, is ubiquitous at India's top universities — even as the government works to expand access to higher education with quotas, or reservations, for historically oppressed groups."

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"This ideal mix of economic gains while being with family - when compared with the recession-struck US and its chain of immigration pains - makes the pastures at home, temptingly green. 'America is soon going to be importing innovation from India and China. We are now exporting all that goodness,'" says Vivek Wadhwa, an entrepreneur-turned-academic, who co-authored the report.

"'It's hard to put a date on when this reverse brain drain began, but it accelerated when we went into recession because these emerging economies were not really impacted,' says Robert Litan, VP - research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation. 'It's not a brain drain, but a hemorrhage,' exclaims Wadhwa. 'Flawed US immigration policies along with opportunities in India and China have hastened this trend.'"

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"A US federal agency has filed lawsuits over the unequal treatment of more than 500 migrant workers from India brought into the country to work at shipyards in Mississipi and Texas, and over 200 Thai farm labourers brought in to work in Hawaii and Washington state.

"The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said on Wednesday that the workers were forced to live in substandard housing and were exploited with fees that meant that for some their net earnings were almost zero.

"The EEOC termed the treatment of the workers as amounting to human trafficking, even though they had been brought into the country on work visas."

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"What is particularly disturbing for campaigners is that the gender imbalance appears to be worst in some of India's most prosperous states, undermining claims that education and economic prosperity are determining factors. Worse still, the census suggests the situation has got worse rather than better in the past 10 years. 'It's extremely alarming and everybody should be worried,' said Girija Vyas, head of India's National Commission for Women."

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