Set Indian Casteism Right First
This is in response to the editorial (Racism of the Every Day Kind, September 2017). As an American sociologist, I commend Nirupama Vaidhyanathan’s opinion concerning American social life! As we all know American society is a young society as compared to your own homeland India where the caste system has been entrenched including the untouchables and the dalits for thousands of years with no end in sight just as racism is entrenched here!

As the Editor noted “Our thoughts should be filled with combating the far more sinister, everyday pernicious racism that exists and flourishes around us.” Human nature will not allow this ideal to come about. Let us hope our afterlife will be much better! Let us clean our act in India first before we start throwing stones here!
Swami Raj Roy, President and Founder, Seaside Spiritual Center, Seaside.

What About Caste?
This is in response to the editorial (Racism of the Every Day Kind, Nirupama Vaidhyanathan, September 2017). I read the editorial which made an excellent argument against the prevlaence of racism in America. I agree with the sentiments expressed in the editorial.

The editorial got me thinking however about the prevalence of the caste system in India. The Indian government recognizes castes when it looks at admissions to schools and colleges. Even government jobs are handed out on the basis of caste. Though this is done to correct the wrongs done over hundreds of years in the name of caste, I feel that atleast American laws have wiped out race from preferential treatment.

I wonder what Indian-Americans think about the prevalence of caste within their country.
Stephanie Miller, email

Digital Leaders Indeed
I read the cover story with great interest. (Digital Leaders, Shumit DasGupta, September 2017)
The article carried many useful tips about how to increase digital influence in our professional lives. Even while working in a technical job, I find that the need to articulate thoughts and to build a digital presence is paramount to survival in the workplace.
Krishnan Ramaswamy, email

Search for Satyajit Ray
I was intrigued to read Robert Hirschfield’s essay (Searchng for Satyajit Ray’s Iconic Room, September 2017).
I am a big fan of the director and his movies and his visuals have a place in my heart forever. To think that the author made a trip to India to recreate the memory of those unforgettable visuals was unbelievable.
I thank the magazine for bringing this story to light.
Kunal Bhatia, email

 

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