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Racist attacks now frequent but India wants to outrage over Tanmay Bhat's Snapchat video

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:50 IST

We are a strange bunch. We manufacture outrage at the drop of a tweet over the most minor issues, but we cannot seem to muster enough decency to do the same for the mob vigilante African nationals faced in Delhi's Chattarpur area. Or the death of a man from Congo, two weeks before.

When the 23-year-old man from Congo was lynched in Vasant Kunj on 20 May, the news passed us by. When African nationals were attacked by a mob on 26 May, the news barely created a flutter. It was after an Ola cab driver was attacked by African students on 30 May that 'some' sat up and took noticed.

Clearly, death and intimidation are no big deal. What REALLY caught everybody's imagination (looking pointedly at you news channels) however, was a Snapchat video by All India Bakchod co-founder Tanmay Bhat where he cracks kindergarten-level jokes.

In the hierarchy of jokes, Bhat's (and AIB's) sense of humour is in the start-up level. More hype than substance.

What the ministers say:

Union Minister General (retd) VK Singh, the paragon of profound thoughts, has called the attacks a minor scuffle. Because if you're not living in denial, are you even living at all?

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has called for sensitisation of the public. Maybe she should begin with the union ministers.

In the meantime, the Arvind Kejrwal-led Aam Aadmi Party is MIA. Looking for the students' degrees, perhaps?

Catch's Twitter conversation:

Unable to take the idiocy that is Twitter today, Catch decided to initiate a conversation about racism since the people who should have, didn't. Here's what we found:

  • Racism is all-pervasive and in our very fabric.

  • We seem to be living in denial.

  • It begins at a very young age.

  • Casteism, obsession with skin colour and racism are all interconnected.

And to end this on a snappy note:

--Edited by Blassy Boben

First published: 30 May 2016, 8:54 IST