Lesson for the Hindu Brigade from the Kansas Shooting – Bigotry Spares No One

“I was told that that guy very proudly went to another bar and told that he shot two Muslim guys. How did he decide that by the colour of a person? Does the colour of the person state that he is a Muslim, a Hindu or a Christian? No. So how did that guy decide that?”

The above is an excerpt from the presser of Sunayana Dumala, the widow of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, the Indian man shot dead at Kansas. I admire her courage and empathise with her delicate frame of mind.

But if this has to stop, we need to change the narrative fast, before it’s too late. God knows there are too many people out there, ready to muddy the water more. For instance, there are creeps like Tapan Ghosh, the Hindu Samiti President who suggested Hindu men should sport “Tilaks” and women “bindis”, to distinguish themselves from the others. There are talks about refraining from using languages other than English, in public.

Apart from the fact that we cannot afford to go back to the Nazi era of the Jewish badge, what Sunayana said and Tapan Ghosh suggested, begs the question- Is it fine to kill muslims? The question shouldn’t have been how the shooter decided that Srinivas was a muslim. It should have been how the shooter decided that he could kill anyone; irrespective of their nationality or religion.

The Indians in America who supported Trump had thought that being Hindus would give them some kind of an advantage as compared to the Muslims because Trump had fondly declared that he loved Hindus and would eradicate Islamic radicalism. What they forgot is if you feed bigotry, you get bigotry. Sunayana and Srinivas happened to get stuck in this hate warp.

The men can put all the tilaks they want and the women can decorate their foreheads with bindis for all the supremacist cares. Once they are done with the muslims, they are gonna come for you. Hate is like that. It cannot be satiated if you keep feeding it. It is all a matter of time, till it reaches you.

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