My article on the birth and growth of the SAMOSA festival which was published in the October issue of the Nairobi Law Monthly attracted two interesting reactions.
The first was a patronising condescension which correlated the passion with which the article had been written to my being an Asian Kenyan. The interest I had shown in the continued misrepresentation of the Asian community was directly attributed to my ethnicity, and it told me very clearly that racial stereotypes continued to abound in our country, and that many still believed that the distorted representation of the Asian community was simply that: the distorted representation of the Asian community, with no bearing on any other Kenyan group.
Published in AwaaZ, January 2013
The Asian community in Kenya has been depicted as a group of dukawallahs: businessmen who apply shrewd strategies to grow their business but prefer to keep all other areas of their lives secret.
The achievements that Asians have made and continue to achieve in other spheres of society are often downplayed, whether it is their solidarity with fellow freedom fighters in the struggle for independence, their aspirations for political leadership or their foray into sports and media.
Published in Business Daily, October 2012