I planned to write about Imran Khan as soon as I read this Dawn article by Nadeem F. Paracha a few days ago, but changed my mind soon after.
Now I’ve changed my mind once more and have decided to write about Imran’s most recent exploit after all.
When I followed cricket (until around the age of 18) I used to be an Imran fan. Even after I lost interest in cricket, I continued to follow Imran’s career as he got involved in philanthropy, got married to Jemima Khan, entered politics and later got divorced. My admiration for Imran dwindled rapidly once he started to veer towards the religious right in politics.
Though I never thought Imran was particularly clever, I didn’t think he could be so stupid. Displaying his derision towards Africans and dark-skinned Pakistanis during a debate, Imran has for all practical purposes shot himself in his international foot. I just can’t see him travelling overseas and receiving a decent reception anywhere ever again.
However, I am not shocked by Imran’s racism per se. This is because attitudes such as those displayed by Imran are very common among Asians as I have explained in one of my previous posts. However, the elite among Asians are usually good at hiding their prejudices. Unlike Imran.