Famous Indian personalities who have faced racism abroad

Updated: 01 November, 2020 07:11 IST | Ankita
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    The late President was subjected to racial profiling by the US immigration authorities at the JFK Airport in 2011; where he was frisked and made to removed his jacket and shoes. They later apologised.

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    Late Defense Minister became a victim of racism when he was strip-searched on two occasions at Dulles International Airport in 2002 and again in 2003

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    The Badshah of Bollywood has also had his ugly encounter with US immigration. He was detained several times at US airports. Talking about it, SRK had later tweeted, “I fully understand & respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every damn time really really sucks.” 

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    Bollywood's perfectionist was held and stripped searched at the Chicago Airpirt in 2002 which led to a massive media uproar.

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    In 2010, Aviation Minister Puri was held for 30 minutes at Houston airport in Texas because he refused to remove his turban.

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    Former Civil Aviation Minister was interrogated by the US immigration authorities because his name. Apparently there was another Praful Patel who was in USA's watch-list.

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    In 2013, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan (R) was detained briefly for questioning at the Boston Logan International Airport.

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    Today, a global artist, Chopra had unpleasant experiences in the US during her high school years. She had shared, “I was treated differently because I’m brown. I had, you know, really racist behavior when I was in high school in 10th grade. I was called ‘Brownie,’ ‘Curry,’ (told to) ‘go back on the elephant you came on,’ and that really affected me when I was a kid and affected my self-esteem.”

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    This Indian heartthrob's encounter with racism was witnessed by millions. During her stint in Big Brother 2007 she was verbally abused and called names like "dog" or "The Indian" by her housemates Jo O'Meara, Danielle Lloyd and Jade Goody

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    Indian pop star who has made a mark in pop music the US recently alleged that a famed restaurant in California "threw" her and her family out.

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    The fashion icon has often opened up about her own encounter with racism abroad. Speaking at the ‘Women of Worth’ event in 2016 Sonam had shared, “Racism exists all over the world, it is not specific to India... It’s something that is spread across the globe. I don’t believe when people say only Indians are like that. I have faced racism in the world all over.”

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    Ranveer Singh has talked about his struggles several times. In an interview, eecalling the experiences he said, "I have had some tough life experiences. It's not all been rosy. I have been through prolonged intense and immense emotional turbulence, financial difficulties… I have been ridiculed, faced racism and humiliation."

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About The Gallery

In the current times, the world seems to be framgmented into a thousand sections over different issues and race still remains on top of the list. Racism is one of the most widely dicussed discriminatory systems as it spares no one. This can be well established from the fact that some of the biggest Indian personalities have faced racial profiling or discrimination abroad. Here is a list. 

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First Published: 01 November, 2020 07:10 IST