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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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.