WASHINGTON: “We are here to stay”, Indian-Americans have vowed while holding a series of meeting to express their concern over growing hate crime incidents against ethnic and religious minorities in the US.
No matter what the gunmen or the president say, this is our country we are here to stay and we will keep demanding our rightful and equal place in the quintessential nation of immigrants said,”Suman Raghunathan from the south Asian Americans leading together ( SAALT) at a town hall discussion.
Initiated by SAALT, South Asian groups are planning to organize a number of similar town halls across the country. Prominent community leaders who addressed the town hall were Arjun Sethi of the Georgetown University Law Center, Dr. Revathi Vikram of ASHA for Women, Shabab Ahmed Mirza of KhushDC, Darakshan Raja of Washington Peace Center and Kathy Doan of the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition.
People from the Jewish, Muslim, and Indian American communities gathered on the steps of Tifereth Israel Synagogue in northwest Washington and stood in solidarity against rising hate crimes in the US. “This is about having peace throughout all communities and religions and races,” said Rochelle Berman, who was present at the event. The slogan “We Stand Together Against Hate” was held high above the crowd at the top of the synagogue’s steps, reported WJLA news portal, an ABC Television affiliate. “There should be no discrimination based on race, or gender or skin color,” said a woman. This year discrimination across the country fuelled vandalism, bomb threats and murders, such as Indian American Srinivas Kuchibholta who was shot and killed during a Kansas hate crime.
“There are just a lot of challenges out there that basically unity is going to bring us all together,” said another attendant.
Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was shot dead while another Indian Alok Madasani was injured in Kansas last month in an apparent hate crime. An Indian-origin girl was racially abused on a train by an African-American man in New York on February 23. A 43-year-old Indian-origin store owner, Harnish Patel, was shot dead outside his home in Lancaster County, South Carolina earlier in March. A Sikh man, Deep Rai, an American citizen, was also fired upon in a racial attack earlier this month. Also, there has been a rise in anti-Semitic threats and vandalism across the country, which included bomb threats at 90 Jewish community centres and the desecration of cemeteries in several US states last month.
“There is an acute relationship between policies and rhetoric that criminalize Muslim, Arab, and South Asian American communities and the hate violence targeting these communities,” said Lakshmi Sridharan. “While the judiciary doggedly blocks the President’s ‘Muslim Bans’, the damage continues to be done as each week uncovers a new inventory of victims of racially motivated attacks,” she added.
“So After All this Everyone is expecting That how Donald Trump is going to solve this an Inter-religious Problem”