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Trumpism’s first innocent victim

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Srinivas Kuchibhotla (left) and Alok Madasani

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Indian techie shot dead, his friend badly injured in Kansas bar hate killing

By Sujit Bhar

How the social fabric in the US has changed with President Donald Trump’s vitriolic tirade against immigrants and even his fight against H1B visas for technically skilled immigrants was evident in the shooting down of an Indian techie in Olathe, Kansas on February 22 night.

Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, engineers from India, worked at a tech company called Garmin, dealing in GPS technology, and were considered “top-of-the-class types” by their boss. Their only fault was being present at the restaurant at the same time when Adam Purinton, a 51-year-old American army veteran-turned tech worker, was around, drinking and hurling racial abuses. Purinton was shouting: “Get out of my country.”

The result of the inescapable confrontation, in which the two Indians were supported by Ian Grillot, an American, was that Purinton left for his home, returned with a gun and fired on the Indians. Kuchibhotla (32) died, while Madasani and Grillot were injured. Purinton, the coward that he obviously is, fled the scene.

The situation has gotten so out of hand that there is little fear or remorse among these semi-literate cowards in American society today. Purinton fled the scene of his shooting and landed at an Applebee’s restaurant in Clinton, Missouri, about 90 miles away some hours later. There, he confessed to the bartender, who reiterated later that Purinton had told him “he had killed two Middle Eastern men” and was looking for a place to hide.

The bartender had the sense to call the police and Purinton was taken into custody. He has been charged with premeditated murder and two counts of attempted murder.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1487937838202{margin-top: 10px !important;margin-right: 10px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;margin-left: 10px !important;background-color: #e0e0e0 !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1487937879550{margin-top: 5px !important;margin-right: 5px !important;margin-bottom: 5px !important;margin-left: 5px !important;}”]The Indian victims

Srinivas Kuchibhotla: A graduate of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad; masters degree in electrical and electronic engineering, University of Texas, El Paso, 2007. First job: Software engineer at Rockwell Collins, then to Garmin International.

Alok Madasani: Graduated from Vasavi College of Engineering, Hyderabad. Masters from University of Missouri-Kansas City. Aviation program coordinator at Garmin.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The scenario has created reverberations of fear, protest and disgust. Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj has tweeted: “We will make all arrangements to transport the mortal remains of Srinivas Kuchibhotla to Hyderabad.”

Condemning the shooting, the US embassy’s Charge d’Affaires Mary Kay Carlson in New Delhi said in a statement: “The United States is a nation of immigrants and welcomes people from across the world to visit, work, study and live. US authorities will investigate thoroughly and prosecute the case, though we recognize that justice is small consolation to families in grief.”

Yes, it is small consolation. It is also a situation in the US today that is getting more and more recognition around the world: a situation where intolerance is being bred among the illiterate and semi-literate extreme right wing masses, who cannot even tell the difference between citizens of a “Middle Eastern” country and highly educated and skilled Asian people who have added hugely to American wealth.

These are possibly direct fallouts of Trump’s weird and whimsical decisions, starting from the H1B Act that has raised the minimum salary package to US $ 130,000 and done away with Masters Degree exemption, to the travel ban (which was halted by federal courts but is expected to come back as a different avatar). It also reflects Trump’s hatred for stricter gun laws and its outcomes.

The bile today starts at the President’s Oval Office, trickling down to the common man, who doesn’t know any better. This regressive attitude of the administration can result in a huge section of the super high-tech industry of the country shifting focus to more favourable climates. Already Canada has shown interest in setting up its own version of Silicon Valley and Mexico has indicated that Indian techies were welcome there.

Indian tech companies have to readjust. If they can adjust with a haircut that will bring down their foreign income from over 60 percent from the US to a lot less (possibly upping their domestic commitments, as Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani has suggested), the overall dependence on US will decrease.

If the US is bent on its isolation from the global village, the globe will have to readjust and this will not benefit the Trump administration. World commerce will not exist in a vacuum.

Apart from IT, there are hundreds of thousands of highly educated Indians in other H1B field: Pharmaceuticals, teaching, robotics, etc. These, too, will be affected.

Howsoever much the lure of lucre, it cannot override personal safety, safety of family and a level of self worth and respect that is developed through education and proper upbringing. The final say, unfortunately, does not lie with the US.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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INDIA bloc rally: Sunita Kejriwal claims Arvind Kejriwal’s meals monitored, conspiracy to kill him in jail

Addressing the INDIA bloc’s rally in Ranchi, Sunita Kejriwal lashed out at the Centre and claimed conspiracy to kill her husband

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Sunita Kejriwal, the wife of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is now arrested, said that her husband is not receiving insulin in Tihar jail because they want to kill him, on Sunday.

Speaking at the INDIA bloc rally in Ranchi, Sunita Kejriwal said that cameras were watching every bite Arvind Kejriwal took.

Arvind Kejriwal’s detention without evidence of crime, was a dictatorship, according to Sunita Kejriwal. She claimed that although Kejriwal, who is an IITian, had the option to go abroad, chose to remain in India out of love for it.

During her address she said, Arvind Kejriwal and Hemant Soren have been arrested. They have been arrested without having been found guilty. It’s a dictatorship here, she added. Mrs Kejriwal also questioned that what is her husband’s fault? Is it providing good education, health facilities? Patriotism is in his blood, she said.

Being an IITan, he had the option to go to abraod, but he chooses to prioritize his country. He took leave from the IRS to perform public duty. He has risked his life to save others, she remarked.

Sunita Kejriwal claimed Arvind Kejriwal merely wants to serve the country and has no thirst for power. She also referred to her husband as a lion and expressed concern over the nation’s jail population.

In an attempt to establish grounds for medical bail, the Enforcement Directorate has asserted that Arvind Kejriwal has been consuming sugar in tea, aloo-poori, and mangoes to raise his blood sugar levels.

In a Delhi court, Kejriwal’s lawyer denied the ED’s accusation, claiming he wouldn’t risk paralysis in exchange for release. He asserted that Kejriwal was not provided with insulin while incarcerated. Furthermore, he added that out of the 48 meals Kejriwal had received from home, he had only had mangoes three times. He claimed that he only ever had aloo poori for Navratri prasad.

At the Ulgulan Nyay Rally  in Ranchi, AAP leader Sanjay Singh said that when Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks about corruption, it seems as Osama Bin Laden and Gabbar Singh are advocating for nonviolence.

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Amit Shah to conduct roadshow in Assam’s Silchar today

Union home minister Amit Shah will be campaign is expected to start at 4:30 pm today

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As part of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) campaign for the Lok Sabha Election, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be holding a mega roadshow in Silchar, Assam today, April 21.

According to Silchar Member of Parliament (MP) Rajdeep Roy, Shah would arrive at Silchar Airport in a special aircraft at 4:10 p.m. and arrive in Silchar town via helicopter. He said, they are expecting the roadshow to start around 4.30pm.

Shah will be doing campaign work for Parimal Suklabaidya, the BJP’s nominee for the Silchar Lok Sabha seat. Following the delimitation procedure in Assam last year by the Election Commission, Silchar was designated as a reserve seat for candidates from scheduled castes. Suklabaidya, a five-term member of parliament from the Cachar district, has held several portfolios under the Assam government.

In addition to accompanying Amit Shah on the roadshow on Sunday, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma predicted that Parimal will win by a margin of two to three lakh votes over the rival contenders.

Shah’s rally, will begin from the playground owned by the District Sports Association (DSA) in Silchar and culminate at the Chittaranjan Statue Point, according to Roy. Over a lakh of supporters will participate in the roughly 1.5-kilometer walk. During the roadshow, Shah is scheduled to deliver a speech, he continued.

Central security agencies and senior Assam police officers staged a mock drill in Silchar’s streets ahead of Shah’s rally. According to them, sufficient security has been set up before the home minister’s arrival.

According to party officials, bad weather has forced Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge to cancel his Sunday visit to an event in the Karimganj district of Assam.

The Congress party’s Rajat Chakraborty announced that Kharge’s visit has been canceled owing to Friday night’s thunderstorms and intense rain. The agencies suggested that we cancel the visit because of the high security measures required for his visit, he stated.

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Rohit Sharma criticises impact player rule, BCCI reacts

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India captian and Mumbai Indians star cricketer Rohit sharma criticised the impact player rule and sad that he is not a big fan of it. Now, BCCI has responded to Sharma’s comment and said that they will reevaluate the rule.

Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Arun Dhumal also acknowledged this and said  that every decision has advantages and disadvantages, he also mentioned  BCCI is prepared to review the regulation when the current IPL season concludes.

Ahead to being established in the IPL, the impact player rule was initially put into effect in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament in 2022–2023. There have been many expert comments regarding the rule that has been in place for almost two editions of the prestigious T20 tournament, with the many of players being against it.

Since this remark has been made, they will certainly analyze it and talk to everyone concerned and then the board will take calls, Dhumal said.

Every rule that is in place has a number of advantages and disadvantages. Nothing about its execution is set in stone, so after the season ends, they are open to any discussion, he continued.

Earlier, Rohit Sharma also discussed how the impact player rule is reducing the role of all-rounders in the sport.

Sharma said, he is not a big fan of Impact sub rule. All rounders will eventually be held back because cricket is ultimately played by 11 players, not 12. To make the game exciting for everyone around you, you are taking a great deal from it. During an interew the hitman said, if the audience look just at the cricketing side of things, he feels guys like Shivam Dube and Washington Sundar aren’t getting to bowl, which is not a good thing for them as a team.

He continued saying that there are 12 players, it’s interesting, and after the team or the captain sees how the game and the pitch are playing, they might turn on the impact player. You can add another bowler, giving you a total of six or seven bowlers, if the team bats effectively and don’t lose wickets. Many teams are hitting well up front, and he hardly ever sees a No 7 or No 8 coming to bat, so the team doesn’t need that additional batter, Rohit Sharma said.

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