Kutcha butcha

Kutcha butcha is a derogatory Hindi phrase that literally means “half-baked bread” or “uncooked child”. It is used to refer to bi-racial people of Indian and British ancestry. The term is meant to indicate individuals who are neither Indian nor British, and emphasize their lack of belonging to either of the two nations.

Kutcha butcha

During the period of British colonialism in India (1858-1947), English officers employed by the East India Company, married and had children with Indian women who came from established families. At that time, biracial families were accepted. However, this attitude changed as time went by and people became much less tolerant towards the progenies of biracial marriages.
The generations of Anglo-Indians began to marry each other and created their own communities. As a result, distinct group of individuals were created who spoke English exclusively, and were loyal to the British monarchy. In this way, Anglo-Indians isolated themselves from the rest of the Indians.

Because of the stigma attached to this term, many Anglo-Indians prefer to be identified as either Indians or English. Thus, such famous actresses as Merle Oberon and Vivian Leigh, and the talented ex-Beatle Pete Best chose to hide their Anglo-Indian ancestry.

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