I'm Indian, and I'm NOT offended. In fact, it's Toxidude's over-sensitivity that offends me!
Asok is an intern and PHB is an insensitive twit. PHB could've just as easily made that comment to Dilbert if he were assigning the task to him... and it still would've fit. He did say "DEPENDING on your religious views..."
Huh? I thought Asok was a powerless lacky because he was an intern. This is exactly the sort of thing you ask an intern to do (or else some other kind of employee you don't value). It was either going to be Asok or Ted. Ethnicity or religion never occurred to me as a motive. Some people are too easily offended.
The rest of the comments seem to be in agreement with my opinion: That Adams is using real prejudices to show something. It is not his prejudices. Also, the young intern is a very long way from his home, family and friends. Itis very clear that he is not quite mature enough to be on his own. Of course everybody needs someone, but this young thing more so. That he is Indian tells all that without many words. Toxidude clearly feels underpriviliged and may have reason for it. But it is a mistake to attack Adams humour. Dilbert shows what is really going on ina very funny way. To be able to laugh at it is healthy. The strips are far more eloquent than my explanation and so efficient!