TANA, Indian Associations Inspire American Dream Post-Kansas

Venkata Kondubhatla

Washington, D.C: Indian community has come together post Kansas shooting in support to one another and to voice against the tragedy that killed Srinivas Kuchibhotla and injured Alok Madasani at a bar in Olathe, Kansas. They also have praised Ian Grillot, one who took a bullet in an effort to save the Indians, as American hero. 

The Indian associations in the US have organized marches to show their support to Kuchibhotla’s family, and also to give assurance to one another in their belief for American dream. They have also voiced collectively to ask for that assurance from American government. 

Different Indian associations have taken part in their support their fellow Indian. TANA (Telugu Association of North America) and Indian Association of Kansas City have organized candle light rally, in which Madasani had participated along with many others. 

Chowdary Jampala, president of TANA, told PTI that this shooting, with its racial and anti-immigrant overtones, has caused a significant turmoil in the Indian and Telugu communities both here and back home. 

“A random act of violence by an ignorant, bigoted, intoxicated individual with an access to a firearm, and does not represent an institutional threat to either Telugus or Indians,” he said.

The Indian-American community asked the federal and state governments to take steps that enthuse a sense of security in the community, Chowdary said.

We are thankful that the ignorant bigotry does not represent America, he stated in his Facebook page. Such prejudice does not represent American values. And, we had a fine demonstration of these values in young Ian Grillot, who stood up to intervene in the face of bigotry, Chowdary stated. The complete text of what he stated can be seen here.

Indians in Kansas have taken the tragedy in their own stride. Vijay Ainaparupu, president for Indian Association at Kansas City, told Reuters that the city is “as welcoming as any other place in America.”

“Most of the Americans who have never traveled outside the U.S., they cannot identify who’s a Pakistani, who’s an Indian, who’s an Afghani and who’s a Sikh,” Ajay Sood, 50, said by phone to Reuters.

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