Since the story was published, The Caravan’s offices in Mumbai and New Delhi have received threatening phone calls…100 people gathered in front of the magazine’s office in New Delhi and burned copies of the latest edition of The Caravan. Meanwhile, in a handwritten letter to TV news channels, Swami Aseemanand has denied giving any such interviews to The Caravan. In response, the magazine released audio tapes and transcripts of the over nine hours of interviews.
…nothing about growing up in the lap of luxury takes away from Deepak and Sanjiv’s hard work and accomplishments both during school and after, but it is outrageous to imagine their story supporting the idea that, in Deepak’s words, in America “you can climb the ladder of opportunity or kick it out from under you and still succeed beyond your wildest dreams” or, as Sanjiv puts it, in America “individuals climb up the success ladder based on ability, talent, and hard work.” For, unlike most of us, the Chopra brothers were born at the top.
Brown skin that’s often perceived as ‘otherness’ in parts of America is not seen that way in much of the world. After traveling to more than 25 countries (and 48 of the states), I call being brown in a region of brown-skinned people ‘masking.’ I experienced it in southern India, where many people were similar shades of brown as me or darker. I was not mistaken for being a local, but I could circulate less conspicuously than fair-skinned visitors.