The hashtag #desiwallofshame had been intermittently used during the first year of Trump’s presidency. But when Deepa Iyer boosted it, it set a trend that resulted in the creation of the website shameful.desi, featuring a retinue of Indian-American appointees and supporters of Trump who have been pushing an anti-immigrant, anti-civil rights, anti-Muslim, anti-woman, anti-LGBTQ, and anti-internet agenda. The website has now become an indignant riposte by radical individuals of the diaspora to the desi pride that distends at success stories of money and power in the US.
“The aim of the website is not so much to shame as it is to make the community members aware of the harm that is being perpetuated by people like Pai,” said Iyer. “It’s about accountability.”
Pai, under whose leadership the Federal Communications Commission dropped the axe on net neutrality, is not the only contender for the undesirable title of bête noire. Others to adorn the desi hall of shame are Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, for subverting diplomacy through policies such as the Muslim ban and the declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; Raj Shah, deputy press secretary at the White House, for defending Trump’s comment on “shithole countries”; Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, for endangering affordable health care; and Shalabh Kumar, founder of the Republican Hindu Coalition, who rose to prominence after organising the opulent “Hindus for Trump” event before the 2016 election. More here.