Nina Davuluri, 24, of Fayetteville, has won the Miss America 2013 title and has become the first Indian-American to win the not so important competition. After winning, Miss Davuluri said that she is happy that diversity has been recognized in the pageant and that she feels like she has “empowered” women.
“Empowered!? My foot,” screamed silicon valley housewife Nagarathna. “What she has really done is humiliated all of us Indians. How dare she parade her bikini-clad body around like that and call herself Indian? I feel like people will be looking at us, Indian women, in a dirty way wherever we go now. We are truly ashamed of this behaviour from her.”
Nagarathna was part of a small group of conservative Indian-Americans who protested in front of the Indian consulate in San Francisco this morning. The group mainly consisted of Indian origin women whose husbands worked for silicon valley technology companies. The group wanted India to disown its newest beauty queen for not upholding Indian traditions and values.
Another protester, Lakshmi, said that she was disappointed because now that Nina Davuluri was the most famous beautiful person of Indian origin in America, Americans will think that all Indians are dark. “I mean, look at her! Does she have the colour to be participating in a contest? Didn’t her parents ever put Fair and Lovely on her? Americans will think Indians are dark-skinned now and classify us alongside Obama, Martin Luther King and Muhammad Ali. How shameful is that? I’d rather be classified along with Paris Hilton and Miley Cyrus. My children have been crying since they learned of this winner, because they are being raised on strong Indian values that define beauty to be one-dimensional: white beautiful, black ugly. How am I supposed to console them?”
“Why can’t she do us good and instead win the National Spelling Bee, or something like that? Beauty contests are for low-life people, not Indians,” shouted another protestor.
The sentiment is much the same back home in India. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad staged a purification ceremony to cleanse off evil that they claim has cast its eye on India after the competition’s Indian winner. “We need to protect our Bharatiya naari. A woman is sacred in India and we don’t want our honourable women citizens to be affected by some shameless American girl claiming to be India. She is not Indian. Over.”
The lawyer for the Delhi gang-rapists was in the news again when a reporter asked for his opinion on Nina Davuluri. Mr. A.P Singh said, “This is the reason for rise of rapes in India: Indian women showing off their hot bodies! How can men resist? The only solution to India’s rape problem is make all women ugly. No more beauty, no more rape.”
Bollywood producers association denied reports that Miss Davuluri had been offered a film project already. A spokesperson said, “That report is completely baseless. Have you seen our heroines? Forget heroines ya, have you seen dancing extras from Australia and South Africa? Public asks for a heroine to be at least a little fair. Bollywood may be a gamblers paradise, but we entertain no dark horses here.”
Meanwhile, Miss Davuluri is just soaking in the excitement of winning the competition and is ignoring all the negative sentiments. “I have learned to survive. My parents had given up all hope on me after my failure to get into the National Spelling Bee. ‘How will you get into a good school like Yale or Harvard?’ they used to say and cry all the time. Now, they believe that I have a small chance in becoming a doctor from a top university. I’m a survivor,” said the happy Miss America.