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Thread: Opinions on India?
May 16th, 2013 01:12 AM #11
I really like India (especially since there was a character named India in Gone with the Wind) but I think it stirs up too much controversy. There are some people who don't know about the massive number of deaths of Indians under British rule, and then there are some people who do know. And it really offends them. Maybe it doesn't bother you, but it would bother me.
So if you really love India, I hesitantly say go for it; but go for it with caution.-Athena
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May 16th, 2013 01:36 AM #13Senior Member
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Not a fan.19 year old name lover with impeccable taste (◡‿◡✿)
May 16th, 2013 02:16 AM #15Senior Member
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I think it would be kind of classless to name a kid something that you're aware is offensive to an entire ethnic group...I hope to be a mom one day. For now I enjoy being a name lover.
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May 16th, 2013 02:18 AM #17
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May 16th, 2013 05:04 AM #19
Indian friends who are cool with it, and-") don't excuse you from exercising empathy and consideration for other people's feelings. I don't understand how those that are aware that India on a white girl can be so problematic with its colonial/racist undertones could, instead of automatically moving along to another perfectly lovely alternative like Indigo, choose to dig in their heels and stubbornly refuse to cede to the victims of colonialism the right to define what is offensive to them - your viewpoint should not be privileged above theirs for obvious reasons. This isn't something that happened 1000 years ago; the staggering number of lives lost as a consequence of British colonialism has left lasting scars, and the social, cultural, economic fallout from colonialism is ongoing.
Tarantino aptly put it, "an absurd, grotesque parody of European aristocracy" - at this point in time 'India' was being used in Britain as a name by privileged, upper class families who often had economic ties (read: exploitative relations) to their colony and were charmed by the "exotic" images of spices, teas, etc. the name conjured up. So there's a lot of racial hierarchy implicit in her choice of name.
I understand there are people who use the name and are completely ignorant of the controversy surrounding it, but when you start willfully disregarding the perspective of those whom the name concerns and actively ignore the history of its usage, insisting on it becomes tasteless, IMO.