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Re: [RC] India? - Steph Teeter

There are a LOT of foreign workers in UAE (I think 80% of the population is non-UAE, maybe more) - and many of the low level laborers are from Pakistan. I suspect that most of the 'Khan' ride entries were people who were hired by the stables as grooms, and riders. I couldn't say for sure what social/class status they represent, but an awful lot of the people that come here work at low level jobs regardless of their education/status, because even that is better than what they can currently find back home.

Steph

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Anybody else notice how many participants in the
UAE 3-day 240km race had "Khan" as the suffix to their
name?  As much as I can piece together, "Khan" (as in
"Ghenghis Khan" and latterly "The Agha Khan") is an Islamic
status-honorific used throughout the belt of territory that
includes Pakistan and the hill country that borders
Afghanistan, where You-Know-Who is believed to be
in hiding.  I wonder if the 240km "Khan" participants were
imported upper-class educated guest workers having fun
in the local races.  Or part of the leftover petty kingship,
pan-Islamic, OPEC oil billionaire Good Ole Boys Club
getting in on the latest peer status-symbol.
>>

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