Christ. Witchhunt much? Upcoming revelations: doctors don't always like their patients; the waitstaff is being chatty because they want you to tip well; and (you might want to sit down for this one) grocery clerks don't actually want you to have a nice day. Indiscretion -- which is the worst I would call a comment on a now-public figure in one of fifty thousand threads on one of the nigh-uncountable forums on the Internet -- is a far cry from "appalling".
Posted 04/25/06 6:00 PM by cortex
We have all made some pretty ridiculous statements in our younger years but I'm sorry--this is a 19 year-old woman who knew what she was doing. I can understand dropping a line like that to friends (as a joke), but it is so clear that she didn't mean it as a joke (her voice rising? what?!). And you can't seriously be arguing that she didn't know this quote would end up in an NYT article read by hundreds of thousands of people. I do think it's unfortunate that everyone is jumping on the "bash Kaavya"/bandwagon (mostly because this says something about the Indian American community; I completely agree with your crab joke and think it's one huge reason why the Indian American demographic, relative to our wealth, has a negligable amount of political capital and media influence), but I don't really have any sympathy for her. The arrogance that she has displayed is something you simply cannot ignore. If she did in fact plagiarize, it makes all of her quotes and comments that much more reprehensible. This is and will continue to be a stain on the (South) Indian American community.
I don't know her personally, but know many who do. I would never speculate as to what kind of state of mind she was in when she wrote it/made all the comments, but based on what I've heard from friends, I'm not entirely surprised by the result.