Which, given that Northern Indians are actually Caucasian – Southern not so – seems fair enough. But it will be caste that will flip the identification:
Indian Matchmaking’s uncritical presentation of its clients’ “criteria” – usually fair-skinned women from a “good” family – has come in for particular criticism.
Critics have said the show perpetuates damaging ideas around colourism and caste – the Hindu system of hierarchy, which rigidly designates someone’s class and social status. Dalits, India’s lowest class, still undergo rampant discrimination and abuse in society while the upper Brahmin caste hold much of the power and influence. Cross-caste marriage in India can get you killed.
“Indian Matchmaking is really a cesspool of casteism, colourism, sexism, classism,” wrote one Twitter user.
Caste is the world’s longest running successful colour bar. It’s the conquerors maintaining their distance from those they conquered. It’s as if we were still dividing between Angles and Normans but for a thousand or two years longer.
Which is what will get Indians reclassified as white of course. For as we know, only whites can be racist, here we’ve racism, so they must be white, right?