NRIs in your world are barely tolerated as third-class citizens in the Middle East. Is anyone going to fight back?<quoted text>
And this is the "stereotype" views which I see being displayed on this thread any other thread where Hindus defend ancient India and its rulers.
In 2010, on a public bus in Dubai, an Indian family of four sitting in the front row of seats (marked LADIES & FAMILIES) was asked to move themselves along with several large bags from Dubai Mall to the back of the bus. They did so without hesitation, and none of the other passengers on the bus were moved to speak up, many of whom were also Indian. The event went unreported and the family got on with their lives.
This story was told to me by a colleague who visited Dubai earlier this year. It isnt the fact that this family was asked to move that is in itself shocking, though fifty years on from Rosa Parks, it is certainly saddening; its the fact that this only happens to third-class citizens the Filipinos, the Nepalis, and of course the millions of Indians. An American or British family wouldnt have been asked in the first place, and if they had been, they would likely have fought back in outrage. Not the Indians. It begs the question: where will the new Rosa Parks come from?
The Indians, however, reacted with an apathy that is unfortunately completely understandable. After all, the key difference between those Americans or British who wind up visiting or living in the Gulf states and the Indians who do the same is deep and all-influencing: the Indians, almost to a man, have to struggle from the outset. The typical story goes something like this:
Pay an agent somewhere between Rs. 50,000-100,000 just to get sponsored, set up with a job and get your visa, perhaps via dubious channels.
Actually get to Dubai/Abu Dhabi/Doha/Muscat/Riyadh and find yourself crammed into a tiny apartment with ten other guys,
queue from 5am for the bathroom,
slave away on a construction site all day,
come back to your mattress and collapse.
Repeat until Friday when you can maybe talk to the folks back home for a minute until your Etisalat credit runs out. Saturday (or Sunday if youre lucky), start over. The work may be hard, your roommates may be irritating, your boss may be a horrible person. Just have to deal with it.
Some cant. One guy I know hacked it for three months in Dubai before flying back ro Kerala, his pride wounded but with a vision of previously taken-for-granted greenery and family to guide him. Those that do make it, and stay for years, can work their way up into new positions, more money, different and more appealing careers, and a huge contribution to the family assets back home. Modern Kerala is almost entirely built on Gulf money, and some folks become very successful.
After struggling for so long, often for so little, it isnt at all surprising that he doesnt want to cause a fuss. He would risk losing his job, his house, his career, and even his right to stay in the United Arab Emirates. On the other hand, he would personally stand to gain nothing more than a maintained ego at the end of perhaps decades worth of striving.
There is an obvious and important difference between Rosa Parks and Antony RG: Parks was in her own country, and standing up to her own discriminatory law.Antony, and all of his fellow Indians in the Gulf, are very much outsiders perhaps even third-class citizens, after Emiratis and whites and at bottom the UAE isnt his place, his land. His struggle is with dealing with that land, with its unfamiliar laws, desert heat and discriminatory attitudes, and not with fighting back against them. It is a struggle that seems to be self-perpetuating, a cycle of low standards, apathetic struggle and grim acceptance; struggling to live in the dire situation presented, using up all the energy that could be used to struggle against it.