No Indian is a coolie by birth
Source: Great Soul by Joseph Lelyveld, p.9
Many of you coolies have directed your ire at us when we hurled the epithet coolie at y’all.
Your anger has been gnawing at our vitals since.
So in our search for answers, we did what a lot of sensible Indians do – look to the Father of the Nation for answers and guidance on the subject.
Here’s how Gandhi treated the term coolie:
During his South African days, Gandhi voiced his objection to the use of the term coolie to refer to Indian traders and the former indentured laborers who stand on their own feet after their contract period ended.
Lelyveld writes that Gandhi did not mind the term coolie being applied to contract laborers, i.e. the dirt-poor Indians who came to South Africa under contracts of indenture (p.9 of Great Soul).
Wonder what Gandhi would have said about the software coolies in India and U.S who toil for their American masters. After all, isn’t the H1B Visa a form of indentured contract?
Well, since SI has always used the term coolie to refer to those software programmers on H1Bs and the bozos in India toiling at lower wages (compared to Americans) isn’t it fair to say that Gandhi would have agreed with your favorite blog SI. 😉
By extending Gandhi’s logic, Green Card holders and Citizens would not be coolies.
So, the next time any of you schmucks feel the urge to insult us as coolies in retaliation, remember by the Gandhian logic we’re not coolies since we’re not under contract (H1B) and furthermore we’re traders.