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Gunning For Injustice

Gunning For Injustice

January 16, 2012

Bang! Bang! Another Indian student dead.

There was a series of killings in Australia in 2010 - Nitin Garg, Baljinder Singh. There was the killing of Abhijit Mahato in North Carolina and that of Mahesh Subramanian in Kentucky. Now there’s the latest Bidve killing. If one were to draw parallels between these tales, the obvious conclusions will be drawn - the victims were Indian students, young and hopeful, looking to brighten their prospects by studying abroad. You don’t have to be on CSI to see that. Then there’s the way they were killed - all shot, unnecessarily, without having provoked their assailants. Shot without hesitation for having had the misfortune of being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Maybe this isn’t a thought that seems entirely rational, but I have often tried to see if from any angle of reasoning I can possibly understand, why a person would choose to end the life of another. Not from a philosophical or moral standpoint, just out of plain simple, unadulterated curiosity. A hostage is taken for leverage and shot to eliminate witnesses, a rapist is killed in self-defense, policemen lose comrades in the cross-fire of an encounter, in war soldiers go on and they don’t always comeback. Killing for protecting oneself I understand, killing because you don’t like the fact that someone is in your way, or the fact that he is naturally tan is wrong, we all know that. It’s unacceptable, we know that too, yet it continues to happen.

Anuj Bidve
was shot in cold blood in front of his friends, and his family found out about his death from his Facebook account (Anuj Bidve is now RIP). What does that tell you? He was shot, and nothing has been done about it. This trend is becoming dangerously common. “Indian student shot...” when entered into a search engine returns far too many results, and even more disturbingly new articles are added to the category on a frequent basis. It’s becoming nearly as commonplace as suicide bombs.

The implications have to be considered. Inter-country relations deteriorate as the lack of diligent investigation on the part of local law enforcers is viewed as callousness by their Indian counterparts. Trust is lost, and aspiring students start to look at studying abroad as a trade-off between a better education and their lives. Families cite these killings as reasons not to leave the safety of the homeland for “greener pastures”. Being realistic I’m not saying racism can be completely eliminated, God knows Martin Luther King Jr and Gandhi did the best they could, but humans are quirky and rather irrational. The gun licensing schemes in the countries needs a complete overhaul - teenagers should not have guns(we are quite stupid, impulsive and violent as a rule). In most of these cases, the assailant is a local teenager much younger than the victim. They leap out of the shadows, guns literally blazing, shooting down another human without realizing just how much that loss will cost other people. At the very least racist tendencies need to be reined in, and must not culminate in bloodshed or body bags. As insensitive as that sounds, I’m fairly certain that a mother would prefer to be able to hear her child on the other end of the phone than have to find out that he has passed away from a wall post on Facebook.

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  • Vivek Iyer
    Vivek Iyer
    22.01.12 10:14 PM
    True. But on one front, I disagree - India may be economically moving forward, but key elements like Infrastructure and cleanliness would still push me out to foreign lands. Its the simple things that we can't get right here.

    On the other hand, I see you're from Nigeria; glad to come across an African-Indian :) Do check out my (first) post on The NRI about Africa, and hope you'd also agree with it's under-rated awesomeness :D
  • rajpriya
    22.01.12 12:19 PM
    "Not that many people consider moving to a different country a necessity anymore"

    I thought some one said Indian men were making marriage proposals to get Green Cards?
  • Vidhya Iyer
    Vidhya Iyer
    22.01.12 11:36 AM
    That's the whole brain drain thing, it's a completely different issue, but personally I think the trend is changing for the better on that front. Not that many people consider moving to a different country a necessity anymore
  • Vivek Iyer
    Vivek Iyer
    19.01.12 09:58 PM
    Nice article!

    A personal view, I attribute the violence to continuous and skewed prosperity of the Indian race globally. Be it Africa, Americas, Europe or perhaps even Mars?! Indians turn out successful everywhere. Sadly, that just doesn't happen where it really should. India.
  • Vidhya Iyer
    Vidhya Iyer
    18.01.12 10:45 PM
    @mmtb: Thanks

    @sandy: like I said, humans are irrational
  • sandy
    18.01.12 12:33 PM
    that was one reason why when we were relocating i was dead against australia. Honetly cant understand ozzie superiority complex considering that they were a civilisation who never conquered any other
  • Mr. Money To Burn
    Mr. Money To Burn
    17.01.12 09:06 PM
    You presented some very insightful points, like:

    - humans are quirky and rather irrational

    - teenagers should not have guns (as opposed to the popular 'teenagers should have guns' rule)

    and other such.

    Good article. Look forward to more from you. I was going to drop this comment on my Facebook wall, but I didn't want to be insensitive. :)
  • Deepak
    16.01.12 01:39 PM
    Killers and psychos are omnipresent..
    even in India some foreign tourists are raped and dumped !

    why should we Indians go there and study ? It is their interest to pursue what they like..
    Everywhere they are beating Indians,, from oz to England..
    We can't stop it but we can reduce it...
    well collected points...
  • Roy
    16.01.12 10:54 AM
    I wish I could find them and all the limbs of these killers. They deserve nothing less and killing them will be too easy punishment for them.

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