Thursday, November 29, 2007

The two diaspora

Yes, there are two types of diaspora, The rich ones who can even influence national policies & be treated like erstwhile provincial rulers.. like the Amreekan Indians. The others.. the lowly 'ethnic' Indians living & struggling against discrimination in countries such as Malaysia , Dubai & Fiji etc. In the recent shouting spat between the malaysian official from the PMO & our own Tamil 'champion' Karunanidhi, one thing is clear. Even if Karuna was wrong in terming it as assault against the tamils('Malaysian Indians' would have been a better word), the Manmohan Singh government is not going to raise a finger on the issue. Since that type of Diaspora doesn't hold any influence in the country.

And anyway, i find the protests somewhat funny, for the reason behind them is this :

The Hindu Rights Action front (Hindraf) of Malaysia wanted to hand over a memorandum signed by over 100,000 ethnic Indians demanding Queen Elizabeth II to appoint a Queen's counsel to represent the Indian community in a class action suit against the British Government for bringing Indians as indentured labourers to then 'Malaya' and "exploiting" them.

Hindraf has also asked for a compensation of four trillion US dollars from the British Government.

Do they seriously think that will ever happen !!

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