Jag Venugopal's Blog

October 20, 2009

Desi vs. Desi

Filed under: India — Jag @ 5:53 pm

Note to my American readers: Desi is a colloquial term used by people of Indian origin to refer to each other. Somewhat similar to the word paisan.

You know your community has finally reached the mainstream when it has its own crooks. Not dealing in penny-ante robbery, but doing it Venti-size. And a US Attorney prosecuting them, who also happens to be of Indian origin.

Such is the case with Indians as of a couple days ago. The scandal involving Raj Rajaratnam (nominally a Sri Lankan, but an ethnic Tamil-speaking Indian) also ensnared a whole host of Indian characters ranging from a VP in Intel (Rajiv Goel) to a senior partner at McKinsey (Anil Kumar) and a Moody’s analyst (Deep Shah). The US Attorney prosecuting them is Preet Bharara.

Now the quiet-wage-earning-professional-Indian stereotype can be safely laid to rest.

PS: Recommendation to US Attorney Bharara… send these guys to Tihar jail in Delhi (general ward). That will be far greater punishment than any American judge can ever impose on them.

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