"Coolie" was a derogatory term applied by the British to some Asian peoples. In 1947, for instance, Dr Edward Morgan was derided for providing health care to Indians, whom his fellow Britons called "coolies".
Coolies? What hole did you crawl out of? I'll have you know some of my best mates are from round here. My cousin Janice is married to a Sikh.Donna Noble didn't take kindly to the word when she heard it used by British Major Daker to describe the local population of Calcutta. (PROSE: Ghosts of India)