SAJA has been asked if there are any South Asian victims of Bernard Madoff. We haven't come across any yet, but the release of the 162-page client list yesterday, here's our chance to find out. Please help us by going through the list - scanning it name by name, or using the search function - and by posting what you find (page numbers, too) in the comments section below, or via e-mail to saja[at]columbia.edu. Consider it an exercise in group/citizen journalism.
I'd like to point out that there is something intrinsically desi about this list: It is alphabetized by FIRST name. Just like phone books in some cities in the subcontinent used to be (and might still be).
UPDATE: The project paid off within hours - three South Asian names in the comments section (the first two names appeared within an hour). Thank you, SAJAforum readers! Keep looking, folks. And, journos/bloggers, if you quote from here, please credit SAJAforum.
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On the SAJA E-mail Discussion List, John Laxmi posted this comment:
Who asked this question and why? And, why would anyone spend the time to review the list - except for prurient reasons - and why answer this question without knowing the reason for the question? Is it a class-action lawyer
trying to assemble a list of potential clients? Even if the names have been made public, should we be exposing these folks to even more publicity?
Are there married couples in the list? Any heterosexuals in the List? People of Mongolian descent? Illegal Martians? Our curiosities know no bounds.