Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has come under racist attacks for his plan to roll-back Obama-era regulation of Internet called “net neutrality”, and a lot of it from fellow Indian-Americans who have unleashed a string of barbs tied to his Indian origins.
Similar tweets by others called Pai the type of Indian who calls “chai … chai tea”, who “thinks Lassi is a dog (from Lassie the female star dog of a novel and a TV series)”, who says “Naan bread”, and whose favorite Amitabh Bachchan movie is the Great Gatsby (in which the Bollywood superstar had a short role)”.
“Net neutrality”, as enforced by an introductory law passed in 2015 by the Federal Communications Commission under the Obama administration, prevents internet service providers (ISPs) from slowing down, blocking or speeding up net connection; every website enjoys equal access and speed.
Undoing it, critics argue, will allow ISPs to regulate net access, speed things up for those who pay and slow down those who don’t.
Pais hasn’t spoken about the attack from his community, but he did address those that came from net neutrality activists who showed up outside his home in Virginia state.
Dear @AjitPaiFCC, I apologize for my tweets questioning your "Brown-ness." You are not a disappointment to Indian Americans...but to all Americans. You can eat a pakora while destroying #NetNeutrality. You can wear a kurta while catering to corporate interests. #AjitPaiSucks— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) December 3, 2017