WATCH YOUR MOUTH!
Your A-Z guide to political correctness and navigating India of 2015
A wrong word here, a misstep there, spells disaster these days. Fortunately, we have an A-Z guide to help you stay sane (and safe) through the madness
IT STARTED off innocently. People began using the term “politically correct” in the 1970s to be sure their views did not offend anyone else’s political sensibilities. The gesture acknowledged that the world was made up of those different from oneself. For a while, all was well. Then suddenly, it wasn’t. Political correctness turned into a way for anyone who’d ever felt victimised to demand appeasement. Civil-rights activists and gender-equality champions got on board. Right wingers, left wingers, progressives and conservatives
joined Godmen, culture-crusaders, agnostics, academics and scientists piped up too. Four decades on, what you can and cannot say (and to whom you can and cannot say it) is a confounding minefield of madness. In America, Seattle’s people are not “citizens”. The PC term is “residents” so as to include those without US citizenship. Pork producers in the
West don’t want you calling theth disease Swine Flu because it slights their profession. India, things are just as complicated. Our A-Z guide to figuring out what’s safe (and what might get you trolled, arrested or killed) covers not just your Ps and Qs but the whole alphabet. Want to add to the list? Tell us here...