Modi Yet To Condemn Racial Attack On Srinivas In Kansas
New Delhi: American President Donald Trump broke his week-long silence on the killing of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, a tech professional from Hyderabad, in a shooting incident in Kansas City last Wednesday, Feb 22. In his address to the joint session of the Congress, Trump said,’Recent threats targeting Jewish community centres and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last werk’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on politics, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.’ The Twitter-savvy president had to wait for a week to condemn the brutal hate crime against an innocent Indian. Better late than never.
But Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not yet reacted. An equally Twitter-friendly politician, Modi had time to talk about graveyards and crematoriums in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh to create a wedge between the Hindus and the Muslims, but did find time to tweet a condemnation of the ghastly murder of an Indian at Kansas City in the US. However, his foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, has been pro-active and tweeted her condolence message within hours of the incident and rushed Indian diplomats to Kansas City to be of help to the bereaved family.
But Modi did not utter a word except appealing to the visiting delegation of the Congressmen to allow meritorious people from India to work in the US without any visa hassles. In fact, India has clarified that it has not issued any kind of demarche, a diplomatic protest, to the US in the wake of the killing. Gopal Baglay, Spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs, said both the government’s are in regular touch and have been exchanging notes. The realpolitik,however, happens behind the scenes.