Famous Indians who faced racial discrimination
Racial discrimination has been an issue since many years and, hardly, anything has been done to curb it. Racists have never spared anybody. Be it a famous personality or a common man, all have faced discrimination at some point.
Here are some of the famous Indians who have faced racism in the past:
APJ Abdul Kalam
On September 29, 2011, Former President late APJ Abdul Kalam was twice subjected to frisking at New York's JFK Airport with US security officials even taking his jacket and shoes to check for explosives. The incident took place while he was returning home from New York after attending a series of events.
In September 2010, then civil aviation minister Praful Patel was quizzed by US immigration authorities at Chicago airport because his name and date of birth matched with that of another Praful Patel, who is on the US' watch-list.
Former defence minister George Fernandes was twice strip-searched at Washington airport while on official business in 2002 and 2003.
Meera Shankar, the Indian ambassador to the US between 2009 and 2011, at a Mississippi airport for a pat-down search, despite she was travelling on a diplomatic status.
In 2013, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan was detained briefly for questioning at the Boston Logan International Airport.
In Dec 2010,former Indian diplomat Ambassador Hardeep Puri was held for 30 minutes at Houston airport in Texas after refusing to remove his turban.