Yes, it is clearly racist. I don't agree with the notion of arranged marriage but I do understand what cultural differences mean. NZ First MPs need to get over themselves. Just because they are too blinkered to understand that different cultures have different values does not give them the right to ride roughshod over those differences.
Apart from that, someone ought to point out to them who spends 12 hours or more a day 7 days a week operating all the dairies and liquor outlets, never mind the market gardeners, increasingly Indian, who supply our veggie stands and the expert IT people who help keep our industries going. I support our government but that does not extend to NZ First, which is a boil on the coalition that badly needs to be lanced. It is my hope, though not my expectation, that enough voters see what has been going on to give Labour and the Greens a clear majority next time around so they can finally govern without the NZ First millstone around their necks.
When does observation become racial profiling? Not the intent, but perhaps could be construed that way in a racist/not-racist binary argument.
When you are determined to put the worst possible interpretation on even the most casual observations of another, I guess you can draw any conclusion you want to. Of course I am not suggesting that all Indians fit these stereotypes, just pointing out that (Indian) immigrants fill a lot of valued roles in our society and those who only see the negative side of immigration might be well-advised to pause and consider the unintended consequences if they actually got what they wanted.