Illustration of a silhouette of a Black man with an Afro hairstyle being called abusive names by illustrated silhouettes of two Indians
From finding housing to dealing with the police, everything becomes a challenge when you're a Black person living in India. Illustration by (c) Reset Fest Inc, Canada


Episode 7: Yes, the N-Word Is Also a Slur in India

Misrepresentation in pop culture and obsession with light skin reinforce racism against Black people in India.

On today’s episode of Why This Now? by Re:Set, we delve into experiences of Black people living in India.

Wildlife conservationist Monica Fatogun, singer and music journalist Robert ‘Bob’ Omulo, model and karaoke host Princeton Ugoeze Aguocha, and President of the Nigerian Association in Bangalore and IT professional Timmy Iwoni share their stories of facing racism and discrimination in their daily lives while finding housing and jobs, being heckled on the street, or dealing with law enforcement in the country. We touch on the colonial roots of India’s obsession with fair skin, the appropriation of Black culture amongst Indians, stereotypical representation of Black people in Bollywood, and the mental health effects of it all.


Host: Aakanksha Tangri 
Writer: Akanksha Mishra
This is a Maed in India production.
Audio Engineer & Editor: Kartik Kulkarni
Producer: Mae Mariyam Thomas

Assistant Producer: Husein Haveliwala

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Episode 7: Yes, the N-Word Is Also a Slur in India