Issues after Indian techie’s murder

S Sudhakar Reddy

Trumpism is at its height spewing racist venom! Already a newly married young Indian engineer had fallen victim while his colleague, also a personal friend, has been hospitalised gravely injured. The entire world including Americans and his US colleague who knew the victim were shocked at the sudden turn of events and extended full support to the victim’s family. However, the White House, the seat of US power and headquarters of Trumpism, is yet to react and condemn the racist killing.
The racist murder at Kansas City of United States of America, killing instantaneously a bright young engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla and injuring his friend Alok Madasani has shocked all Indians. Killings of innocent children in schools, killing of people in hotels and at functions are a routine mad affair in the US. But this is something different and worse. The US military veteran white racist Adam Purinton shouted at the victims ‘Get out of my country’. That shocked Indians more.
The original immigrants killed millions of real Americans who are known as Red Indians. Now their number is small and negligible. Later in the beginning of 20th century Chinese were banned from immigration with a law adopted in the US Congress. United States is a big country which needs many more people, skilled and unskilled for its development. It can accommodate many times more than its 26 crore present population.
Brain Drain: US companies engaged many scientists, doctors, engineers from developing countries. They study in their countries, with parents and government money become qualified but cannot find proper employment, go to the US and work for lesser pay than the US citizens. USA benefited with them, without investing on educating them. The immigrants send back some money to their families. Hence it is beneficial to their kith and kin and their country.
Donald Trump represents the most conservative, semi-racist sections of the US citizens. All those who voted for him cannot be blamed as racists. There are a large number of white young people who are unemployed and voted for him in the hope that they will get employment with Donald Trump’s ‘America first’. This is like the slogan of ‘Sons of soil’ to get job reference than outsiders, in some states of India. Shiva Sena has become popular with that slogan.
We cannot demand that the US citizens should be deprived of their justified job opportunities, to help Indians or Asians. There can be laws which should prefer locals before foreigners are allowed to take up such jobs. But the profit-oriented corporate and business houses will search for workers who will accept less pay so that they can get bigger margin. It is the law of capitalism.
Instead of finding more civilized and better arrangements for more employment of natives, Donald Trump resorted to racist slogans and actions, which is easier to catch the imagination of disgruntled people. He was supported by Hindutva groups in USA and the BJP RSS were also in that company, for the sole reason he is anti-Muslim. They are forgetting that he is anti-black, anti-Jew, anti-Asian also.
As one gentlemen pointed out, if this type of murder takes place in India or Pakistan it will be termed as a terrorist act but if it happens in the US it will be described as an isolated act of an insane man.
White House was quick to dismiss as ‘absurd any link between the killing of Indian in Kansas and rhetoric on undocumented immigrants. But till today Donald Trump has refused to condemn the gruesome racist murder which is expected from a President.
Now Hindutva groups are in pain to cover up Donald Trump. The US Hindutva group’s leader, tried to cover up the murder saying that the killer mistook him as Arabic and hence killed. So, all Hindus should wear ‘tilak’ on their forehead to identify their religious identity.
The murderer Purinton never said that he mistook him as an Arab, or as a Muslim. But the RSS gangs want us to believe that only Muslims are the target of US racism, without condemning racism. It is not only foolish but dangerous.
Racists killed black people who are Christians, people who belong to their own religions. They attacked Mexicans, Puerto Ricans who are from the American continent. They killed native Americans to occupy their lands. Racism should be seen as racism.
Union minister Venkaiah Naidu is appealing to the US government and its President to take action against such incidents but very cleverly avoids mentioning the basic point of racism directly injected into the people’s minds by Donald Trump. It looks that Hindutva groups are hell bent upon supporting Donald Trump for his anti-Muslim hatred, even though his policies will throw out three lakh Indians and turn into risk for lakhs of Indian families in the United States.
Donald Trump and his Republican Party are against any control on arms supply to citizens of USA as the arms manufacturers are in league with them. Barack Obama’s attempt to ban free supply of arms to people was resisted by American Congress controlled by Republican Party.
The demand of the widow of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, Sunayana Dumala, that Trump owes an explanation on the murder of her husband and President should speak out are justified. If the President speaks out, condemns the killing it will be not only a solace to the family of the victim but gives a hope to millions of immigrants about their security.
All US citizens are not racist. Not even the majority of white Americans. This racism can be fought by white Americans, blacks, immigrant Americans from all continents and all those who are for human brotherhood. Let the martyrdom of Srinivas Kuchibhotla be a call of awakening to all secular and democratic Indians. Let us fight Trump in the US and his shadow in India. (The writer is the General Secretary of the Communist Party of India/IPA)

Sunday, 5 March, 2017