Cliché-Bust­ing as Stereo­type

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Sudeshna Sen trains her guns on Bri­tish Con­ser­va­tive Party mem­ber and as­pi­rant Lon­don mayor Zac Gold­smith for tar­get­ing South Asians in a crass and di­vi­sive man­ner (‘How (Not) to Woo De­sis’, April 20). It's in­ter­est­ing though how such stereo­typ­ing may ac­tu­ally be as much a prod­uct of de­fi­cient knowl­edge about de­mo­graphic pro­files as it is about how South Asians in­sist on cub­by­hol­ing them­selves into ex­ag­ger­ated iden­tity kits. If Bri­tish nonSikhs in­deed re­ceive fliers about how the Golden Tem­ple should re­main in Sikh hands, they may jolly well have an opin­ion on the mat­ter. Sen cer­tainly seems to.

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