What would be more punishing than dark clouds rising during winters? Well, the answer seemed tough until the recent protests in the USA brought back the pertinent practice of racism in question, which still continues to be practised. Isn’t it too late for us to protest when we have encouraged the dominance of the Whites and fair skin even after years since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s?
Isn’t it hypocritical of Indians to raise their voice against this? The same Indians who use #BlackLivesMatter and later editing their picture to make it two shades fairer? Do you think it’s their fault? Or ours? Remember when we studied that a fair woman is beautiful, and a dark-skinned woman is referred to as ugly?
‘Don’t walk under the direct sun, you’ll turn dark. Put on some makeup, you are looking too dark-skinned for the party.’ All these pieces of advice made us normalise that being fair is better and dark, of course, is low. With time, this grew to be an obsession; you need to be fair to grab attention. The highest selling cosmetic ‘Fair and Lovely’ marks the clear mindset of Indian people.
Indians would worship Lord Jagannath, Krishna, even Goddess Kali, but won’t deem any human of their colour to fit in their lives until they are bound to. Our tradition makes us unbiased towards the complexion of Gods, wherein we seem to abide by the myths, but not with the messages associated with them.
Would it go away? Or get stronger with time? Well, the answer lies when talented and dark-skin artists would be given a chance to present themselves in Bollywood, the biggest influencing industry in India; when celebrities will stop advertising fairness products as their success ingredient; and most definitely, when your alliance or partnership is not influenced by your skin colour, as shown in movies and advertisements.