FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Faces Racial Attacks from Indian Americans

Indian-Americans attack Ajit Pai’s lack “Indian-ness” over his position on net neutrality.  Oh, and death threats.

Most people aren’t happy with Ajit Pai.

The FCC Chairman set f a firestorm after introducing his proposals last week to dismantle Obama-era net neutrality rules.  Across multiple news outlets, you’ll find the following headlines:

Ajit Pai’s children have also come under fire.  Outside his home in Virginia, net neutrality activists put up a sign that read:

“They will come to know the truth.  Dad murdered Democracy in cold blood.”

Acknowledging the criticism, Pai asked people to remain neutral about the policy changes, and avoid crossing personal boundaries.

There have even been death threats hurled over the matter.  Though not at Ajit Pai (yet).

Now, the Indian-American community has reportedly launched xenophobic and racist attacks at the FCC Chairman.

Under fire from your own community.

After Pai introduced his plan, comedian Hari Kondabolu, a fellow Indian-American, attacked the FCC Chairman’s anti-‘Indian-ness.’  He wrote on Twitter,

“Ajit Pai is the type Indian guy who eats dosa with a fork.”

His statement caused other users on Twitter to join in. Users wrote that Pai called “chai…chai tea,” “thinks Lassi is a dog” and says “Naan bread.”

Guess all those are huge insults in the Indian-American crowd.  Or at least some good jabbing.

After Indian-American organization Indiaspora stepped in to defend Pai, Kondabolu doubled-down on his criticism. Posting a faux apology, he wrote,

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Faces Racial Attacks from Indian Americans

Indiaspora member and leader, Shekar Narasiman, a top Democratic strategist, rushed to Pai’s defense.  Slamming anyone who criticized Pai over his race and religion, especially Kondabolu, a statement on Indiaspora’s website reads,


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