I just got an email from a foundation that supports creative arts and culture, talking about the below issue. I thought you all should know...
On May 12, 2005, Rakesh Sharma(acclaimed director) was invited to present his film "Final Solution" in New York at a screening co-organized by Columbia University and New School. As is clear from the sequence of events, the next day, Mr.Sharma was taking street shots of traffic in Manhattan, less than a block away from his hotel, when an NYPD detective accosted him. Even though Mr. Sharma answered each query, produced his identification papers and offered to put the detective in touch with his hosts in New York, he had to face hostile questioning, threats and public humiliation. The detective confiscated his passport, physically pushed him, snatched his camera and among other things said to him: "We know how to deal with you guys, asshole", clearly a racist remark.
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