SOURCE: Network of Indian Professionals North America

Network of Indian Professionals North America

July 08, 2010 08:00 ET

Network of Indian Professionals of North America (NetIP-NA) Invites Joel Stein and TIME Magazine Editors as Guests on the Radio

The Time to Act in Responsible and Informed Dialog Is NOW

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - July 8, 2010) - On July 2, 2010, TIME Magazine featured an editorial commentary written by Joel Stein titled, "My Own Private India." Mr. Stein's views about the Indian American community and immigrants from India were perceived negatively and as derogatory. The Network of Indian Professionals of North America (NetIP-NA) finds Mr. Stein's commentary unacceptable and is deeply disappointed that TIME.com, an internationally-reputed news outlet, would choose to publish this article.

In response to the article, NetIP-NA has received requests to have Mr. Stein explain his remarks to their audience of progressive South Asian professionals. In light of his appended statement explaining his views, NetIP accepts Mr. Stein's solution and welcomes him to "debate people on the other side of the immigration issue." The Network of Indian Professionals of North America (NetIP-NA) cordially invites TIME magazine editors and columnist Joel Stein to its radio show, Prime Time with NetIP, which has a reach of over 200,000 South Asian listeners. Prime Time with NetIP broadcasts on HD radio with NetIP-NA's media partner, HumDesi Radio. Podcasts of previous shows can be heard on http://www.netip.org/primetime

Celebrating 20 years of history this year, NetIP-NA was founded on a platform of social responsibility and respect for all individuals regardless of one's gender, race, ethnicity, background and religious or political beliefs. Mr. Stein's article goes to the heart of what NetIP-NA believes is its responsibility, its vision and mission being to embrace the diversity within our heritage, culture and community while empowering members of the South Asian community to challenge any form of discrimination or prejudice.

Far from invoking thought by using humor, Mr. Stein's article used several stereotypical and inaccurate descriptions that have been perceived widely as racial slurs. When Mr. Stein chose to encourage the creation of a better insult than "a group of people whose gods have multiple arms and elephant nose," the article failed to be witty and reflective as Mr. Stein may have intended. The overwhelming response to Mr. Stein's article shows it to be demeaning, hurtful and sacrilegious. The public statement issued by TIME was insufficient at best and Mr. Stein's apology on Twitter "Didn't meant (sic) to insult Indians with my column this week. Also stupidly assumed their emails would follow that Gandhi non-violence thing" has not been well received as it further exacerbates the use of stereotypical remarks. NetIP-NA hopes to engage both TIME magazine editors and Mr. Stein in a dialog with young professionals, both first and second generation South Asians, in an effort to alleviate the anger and hurt that the article has caused. "Mr. Stein's egregious article is disrespectful to Indian Americans and other South Asians and disregards the tragedy of hate crimes that underscored life in Edison in the 1980s. We hope Mr. Stein and TIME magazine's editors accept our invitation to engage in dialog with us. NetIP-NA is committed to supporting the community we call home and our members deserve an explanation," said Sundip Arora, President, NetIP North America.

The stage is ripe for a responsible and informed dialog. "It is vital that NetIP educates the community about the invaluable contributions and presence of South Asian Americans. As the third largest immigrant group in America, South Asians cannot be siloed into a specific stereotype or bias and we hope to present concrete facts corroborating this to Mr. Stein. It is a key part of our mission to support South Asians, contribute to the educational awareness of the larger community, and above all, increase appreciation for the value that South Asian Americans bring to society," said Rita Bagai, Internal Affairs chair, NetIP North America.

NetIP-NA members have described the article as being inaccurate and a misrepresentation of South Asian Americans, especially as it pertains to the economic status and educational successes of the community. The radio show will provide Mr. Stein an opportunity to set the record straight and to further educate the greater community about South Asian Americans and their versatile contributions to society. Several petitions have gained traction since the publishing of Mr. Stein's article. NetIP supports the SAALT petition which can be accessed here http://bit.ly/bDW7JW.

About The Network of Indian Professionals
The Network of Indian Professionals of North America (NetIP-NA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the overall achievement and advancement of South Asian professionals. A premier networking organization for South Asians promoting professional development, cultural awareness, community service and political awareness, NetIP-NA has the largest reach of young South Asian Professionals in North America.

Today, the organization has a reach of over 350,000 people between its radio show, subscribers, members, partners and affiliates in 24 cities across the United States and Canada. NetIP-NA is the unequivocal voice for an emerging group of South Asians, who excel in every aspect of western society, from business, to politics, to the arts. The rise of NetIP-NA and its affiliated chapters reflects a general "Coming of Age" by South Asian professionals. For more information visit www.netip.org.

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact
    Pooja Dhawan
    Brand Strategy
    NetIP North America
    pooja@netip.org