News of the killing of Indian national Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas has shocked India, and raised fears about the safety of foreigners and immigrants in America. The term “hate crime” is writ large [एकदम स्पष्ट] in the minds of the Indian diaspora [प्रवासी] in the U.S. and their anxious [चिंतित] families back home, even as law enforcement officials piece together the tragic events at a bar in Kansas City. That prior to the attack the shooter, U.S. military veteran Adam Purinton, reportedly asked Kuchibhotla and his co-worker and fellow Indian, Alok Madasani, whether they were residing [जहाँ रहते हैं] in the U.S. illegally hints at the possible motivation for the violent encounter. Eyewitness reports confirming that the killer yelled [चिल्लाया] , “Get out of my country,” moments before unleashing a hail of bullets on the two Indians, also injuring a white man who sought to intervene [बीच में आना] on their behalf, suggests a xenophobic [अज्ञातव्यक्तिभीत] racism [नस्लवाद]. While this may be an isolated [अलग] instance of hate crime, given the political climate in the U.S., it cannot but shine a spotlight on President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant actions. Especially after Mr. Trump’s executive order banning entry into the U.S. of travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from Syria and indefinitely putting on hold the country’s refugee asylum [शरणस्थान] programme — even if implementation of the order has been limited, so far.
Fear-mongering [डर का व्यापार] about America’s weak borders allowing the unconstrained [स्वेच्छापूर्ण] entry of “illegal aliens” into the country has a much older provenance [मूल–स्रोत]. Throughout the bruising [जोरदार] two-year election campaign that culminated [समापन हुआ] in the November presidential election, Mr. Trump’s provocative arguments about building a wall along the Mexican border and banning Muslims from entering the U.S went largely unchallenged by the Republican Party. Last week, around the same time as the attack in Kansas City, Mr. Trump tweeted about seven people shot dead in Chicago, pointing an unsubtle finger at violence in inner cities associated with African-Americans in poverty. He did not tweet on the Kansas attack. The White House was quick to dismiss as “absurd” [बेतुका\ असंगत] any link between the Kansas City shooting and the rhetoric [वक्रपटुता] on undocumented immigrants. That may well be, but the selective social media outrage of Mr. Trump on violent acts across the U.S. is disturbing. Why, for instance, did his administration not condemn [निंदा] that act of violence more explicitly [स्पष्ट रूप से]? Given Republican obstructionism on enacting common-sense gun control reforms to curb the proliferation [प्रसार] of deadly weapons, this intensifying trend of racist xenophobia may make the U.S. a far more dangerous emigration destination than it has been so far. Srinivas Kuchibhotla’s career was the stuff of the American dream. Mr. Trump’s politics risks alienating not just immigrants, but also native-born Americans from that dream.
Magical Words in the Editorial-
- anxious [चिंतित] – experiencing worry, unease, or nervousness, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
- synonyms: worried, concerned, uneasy, apprehensive, fearful.
- Example: – Residents have manyanxious moments and it is only a matter of time before there is a serious accident.
- yelled [चिल्लाया] – give a loud, sharp cry.
- synonyms: yell, shout, exclaim, scream, bawl, cry.
- intervene [बीच में आना] – come between so as to prevent or alter a result or course of events.
- synonyms: intercede, involve oneself, get involved, interpose oneself, step in, mediate, referee, interfere, intrude, meddle, interrupt.
- Example: – Then the Justice Department decides whether tointervene and litigate the suit for itself.
- xenophobic [अज्ञातव्यक्तिभीत] – having or showing an intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries.
- synonyms: ultranationalistic, ultranationalist, nationalistic, nationalist.
- racism [नस्लवाद] – किसी जाति की विशिष्टता
- synonyms: racial discrimination,racialism, racial prejudice, xenophobia, chauvinism, bigotry.
- Example: – I would argue thatracism is neither reducible to social class or gender nor wholly autonomous.
- isolated [अलग] – far away from other places, buildings, or people; remote.
- synonyms: remote,solitary, unique, stray, stranded, separated, disjunct,
- Example: – The aim was for cultural institutions to provide points of contact between anisolated elite and the public.
- asylum [शरणस्थान] – the protection granted by a nation to someone who has left their native country as a political refugee.
- synonyms: refuge,sanctuary, shelter, safety, protection, security,
- Example: – we provide asylum for those too ill to care for themselves.
- unconstrained [स्वेच्छापूर्ण] – not restricted or limited.
- synonyms: unconstrained, voluntary, volunteer, unbidden.
- Example: – This political apathy enabled the ruling elites to exercise their authority unconstrained by popular pressure.
- provenance [मूल–स्रोत] – the place of origin or earliest known history of something.
- synonyms: origin, source, place of origin, birthplace, fount, roots,
- Example: – Expert knowledge is needed to value goods, confirm theirprovenance and determine their future worth.
- culminated [समापन हुआ] – reach a climax or point of highest development.
- synonyms: come to a climax, come to a head, peak, climax, reach a pinnacle, build up to, lead up to, end with, finish with, conclude with.
- Example: The deployment phase of the project recentlyculminated in cross-cultural awareness training assisted by local rangers.
- rhetoric [वक्रपटुता] – the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, especially the use of figures of speech and other compositional techniques.
- synonyms: oratory, eloquence, command of language, way with words.
- Example: – Many parties sound the same in theirrhetoric and even look alike in their symbols.
- condemn [निंदा] – express complete disapproval of, typically in public; censure.
- synonyms: censure, sentence, declare unfit, incriminate, doom,
- Example: – She could not and would notcondemn him to her fate.
- explicitly [स्पष्ट रूप से] – stated clearly and in detail, leaving no room for confusion or doubt.
- synonyms: obvious, explicit, evident, manifest, barefaced, candid.
- Example: – It is important that scientists areexplicit about the limitations of their work.
- proliferation [प्रसार] – rapid increase in numbers.
- Synonyms: spreading, diffusion, proliferation, dissemination.
- Example: – These genes may lead to uncontrolled cell growth and tumor proliferation .
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