After being named Miss America last month, Nina Davuluri, the first Indian-American winner in the pageant’s 87-year history, endured shameful bigotry about her heritage as an Indian-American. Some commentators also noted that her darker skin tone might have also prompted outcry in India, where lighter skin is privileged. Now, a group of activists backed by famous Bollywood actress Nandita Das is working to change those biases, which affect women and men in everything from marriage to jobs. If they succeed, the wildly profitable skin-lightening industry could collapse, but millions of Indians, fair and dark, would find themselves finally judged by the content of their character.
Source: Al Jazeera