Posted by பிரேமலதா மேல் மார்ச் 14, 2007
Depsite his poor performance in comparison to his competitors he keeps making it to the next round. ………. The Indian/Indian origin population in the US is going all out to support Sanjaya. ………….. The rules of the game allow any person to cast as many votes he or she wishes to. The voter has to pay for voting. Everywhere I go the Indian community is all ga-ga about Sanjaya and their support for him. And yes, they even admit that he is not as talented as his competitors. Yet they vote for him, multiple times, paying for each vote.
Although supporting someone just because he is an Indian is something I will never support (I did not vote for Shilpa), in this case of American Idol, the idea of the selection based on public voting is that, at the end of the day they would like to chose whose albums are going to be markettable. If Sanjaya is markettable, he is talented or not is irrelevant. DP has more views presented.
I think feminism to some extent is reverse racism too. Imho, having all “Tamil”, women bloggers under a separate list and celebrating it by having “சக்தி“, imo, is reverse racism (well, favouritism on the basis of colour, race, gender, or ….., is the basic thingy that extends into racism). I have said it twice that it is just my opinion. I do think it is a good idea to have the stat, which might come in handy at times of analysis related to “tamil” and/or “women” (it cannot be separately an or, can it?). Anyway, I don’t complain the extra hits it might bring whenever there is a post in my blog.
Usha at My homeland, my country, shares my views on “nationalism”.
The concept of nationalism was based on a shared past, customs, and history, or as Tagore calls it a “collective egoism”. The important thing to note is that nationalism is not something that existed and was ‘discovered’ but it is a construct like any other social or cultural tradition. Like the latter it thrives on narratives or stories.