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!
PHB has no idea what Asok's beliefs are. He says "depending on your religious views". For all he knows or cares, Asok could belong to any religion or none. Toxicdude is seeing insults where there are none.
I do not understand toxidude's outburst at all. First of all, to say that Scott Adams is using Asok to insult ALL Indian Hindus is like saying that the television show M*A*S*H used Corporal Klinger to insult all Lebanese Christians. Asok is who he is--essentiallyTHE quiet, unassuming character who tries to stay out of everybody's way, tries desperately to NOT be utterly destroyed by all of the soul-destroying influences all around him, but sometimes he's just a human being who can't help himself.
Secondly, toxidude makes the preposterous assumption that the words coming from pointy-haired boss' mouth are coming from Adams'. What the hell, dude! PHB is a self-serving, insensitive moron (that is the point of who he is, ALWAYS). If you are a fan of Dilbert, you ought to know by now that every syllable that comes from his mouth is either incredibly stupid, incredibly offensive, or both.
Please note that first he tells Asok to do something that is seemingly harmless in order to give the appearance that SOMEBODY out there likes their company's products and services. At first glance, that may not be something that someone couldn't be convinced to do; however, THEN he tells him to use the occasion to attack their competitors--essentially use the review as a propaganda tool, which of course is the ONLY thing that "crossed" any "lines" in this cartoon.
Some people seem to be offended because they are looking for reasons to be offended.