Tackling Racist Indian Cricket Fans
In an apparent effort to keep a check on racist Indian fans, Cricket Australia (CA), is taking the help of Indian cricketers. The Indian players will provide CA with a list of ‘racist slurs’.
“We wanted to know what terms or expressions in their language would be considered offensive or racist“
That’s Bryan Young, CA’s ‘anti-racism’ officer. Mr Young, I have a couple of doubts:
1) India has more than 20 official languages and the spectators could speak any one of them. I am also sure that Indian cricketers do not speak all of them. Then how, in this holy world, are the aussie undercover police going to catch hold and discard the racist spectators?
2) Could you please differentiate between racist and offensive language? I mean, one could be offensive but not racist. And since you are supposed to be an ‘anti-racism’ officer, what are you doing making notes of ‘offensive’ words?
Anyway, without venturing much into the hilarity of the situation, here are my set of racist words / phrases that could be used by racist Indians in the crowd. And for clarity’s sake, I will only mention the Hindi ones:
Saala aussie (Bloody aussie)
Safed Jhandi (white flag / man)
Hmmm any other? I can’t think of any more. Of course, there’s a load of words that are not necessarily racist but insulting. And I think Mr Bhajji, Mr Sehwag and Mr Yuvi would be able to fill you up on that. As an added bonus, you keep the same list when Pakistan plays in Australia, ‘coz the language is the same!
Here’s wishing you all the best with your anti-racist and anti-offensive language endeavour.