INDIAN Americans Appreciate President Trump For Condemning Hate Crime

March 4th, 2017 | by Sukumar Roy

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COMMENTING on President Trump’s maiden Address to the US Congress, USINPAC says he has struck a more hopeful tone while outlining his vision for America. In a broad ranging speech President Trump spoke on reforming the economy, immigration, law and order, education and health care. Indians at home and Indian Americans anxiously awaiting condemnation of last week’s hate fuelled shooting incident, in Kansas, that claimed the life of an Indian Engineer, had to settle for a perfunctory statement lumping it with the rise of threats and vandalism of Jewish centres. President Triumph says his government will encourage merit based immigration policy so that his country benefits from such highly skilled people to enrich various walks of life.

“Recent threats targeting Jewish community centres and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms,” Trump said .

Srinivas Kuchibhotla, a 32-year-old Indian engineer working for Olathe-based Garmin Ltd, was killed and Alok Madasani, his colleague critically injured when Adam W. Purinton, a Navy veteran, opened fire at them at a bar in Olathe, Kansas state, on Wednesday night. Purinton yelled “get out of my country” and “terrorist” before shooting them. A third person, Ian Grillot, who tried to intervene was also shot but survived. The shooting triggered outrage and soul searching, with voices questioning President Trump’s ‘America first’ policy that seems to have unleashed a wave of xenophobia and intolerance. The FBI is investigating whether the Kansas shooting was a hate crime.

Indians, enthused by President Trump’s closeness with Indian American groups, had welcomed his election victory. India is now cautiously monitoring Trump’s policies, namely, restrictions on H1B visas, which anchors India’s $ 150 billion IT industry that employs hundreds of thousands of skilled engineers like Kuchibhotla and Madasani. Indian American lawmakers had expressed grief, with Illinois Congressman Krishnamurthy saying ‘This shooting was a brutal, racial attack on two men and on the fundamental values of our nation.’ Senator Kamala Harris from California tweeted ‘We can’t let hatred win.” Sanjay Puri, as a panellist on India’s TV NewsX’s emphasized, “USINPAC is extending help to the families of the victims and is working with the Department of Justice and the FBI in designating the Kansas shooting as a racially motivated hate crime.”

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