Would the UN and the OAS ever declare an International Decade for People of INDIAN Descent?
The United Nations (UN) and the Organization of American States (OAS) celebrate just about everything … everything except people of Indian Descent, Chinese Descent or Amerindian Descent. Although large in population and significance, India and its diaspora do not quite crack into the top echelon of the UN and OAS, or any of their agencies.
At its 2016 General Assembly, the Organization of American States (OAS) approved the Plan of Action for the Decade of Afro-Descendants in the Americas (2016-2025), in recognizing that people of African descent in the Americas are descendants of millions of Africans who were forcibly enslaved and transported as part of the inhumane transatlantic slave trade between the 15th and 19th centuries.
The UN and OAS recognition can be attributed to the Black Lives Matter social movement. The group has had a revolutionary impact on American culture, and by the extension, the world. They rallied the underclasses against a common enemy: systemic racism; protested violently and non-violently, employed martyrdom propaganda, and was endorsed by the liberal elite.
In comparison, other ethnic minorities around the world are not as fortunately positioned to rally for their rights and freedom. Effectively complaining against perceived victimhood requires coordination, time and unity which are not enjoyed by other ethnic minority groups. Being able to command the sympathy of the global elite, gives leverage to recognition, even affirmative action, in any field, from the Oscars to the Nobel Peace Prize, and especially at the UN.
As the UN commemorates the life of Marcus Garvey and his work towards Pan-Africanism and a singular African identity, one is left to wonder if a similar figure will effect unity in the Indian diaspora. August 31 2021 marked the 20th Anniversary of the UN World Conference on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, and has, hereafter, be named Garvey Day.
The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October 2nd, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. While Gandhi was indeed a Great Soul, how is his greatness reflected in the Indian Diaspora in Trinidad, Guyana, Fiji or Mauritius? Would the UN or OAS every recognize the internationally-celebrated writer, V.S. Naipaul?
The UN system is constructed on the values of its host nation the USA and its European allies. Therefore, India and its diaspora are not a priority. Recently, the US has become increasingly divided over systemic racism and other nuanced forms of discrimination against African-Americans, the LGBT and women.
Hollywood was the first barometer to display the US change in values; then, that change was transposed onto the US led-international organizations. In December 2013, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 68/23 by which it proclaimed 2015 to 2024 to be the International Decade for People of African Descent.
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