Just A Thought.

I am from India. And for the better part of the first two decades of my life, I was under the impression that there was no racism here. How wrong I was!

On a fateful night in April 2012, a 24 year old overseas student from Burundi, an African country, called Yannick Ntibateganya was taking a leisurely stroll along with his friends (who weren't Indian, unsurprisingly) near the campus of the university where he was studying. Suddenly a group of brazen, boorish youths showed up and accosted them. They, of course, couldn't "stand" the fact that a "black" person was enjoying an evening out in India. An altercation began, and Yannick was unfortunately beaten up badly, and left to die. The Indian miscreants did get traced and caught, of course, but Yannick, poor fellow, has been in coma ever since. It was a painful sight to see his father, Mr Nestor Ntibateganya, who is himself a Professor of Economics in his country, sit beside his paralysed son, and looking at the camera, managing a despondent smile.

He had heard that India was a place of great learning. He wanted his son to become an educated and successful professional. His son perhaps dreamt of becoming an academician, just like his own father. With great hopes in his heart, he had sent his son to this country to pursue his dreams. Who would have thought, that Yannick would never be able to even talk to his father again? Even now, Mr Nestor asserts that India is not a racist country, and has full confidence in the people of India. He believes that his son will get justice. Well, as an Indian, first of all, I apologise to Mr Nestor and to Yannick for what has happened to the them. Second, I want to say that providing justice to Yannick is the least we, as Indians can do for the Ntibateganya family. We would fail as humans, not just Indians, if we don't.

Why is the world so "white and black"? The Ntibateganyas are humans just like the Mitchells or the Kumars. They have dreams just like any other human does. They know how to love, how to cry, how to sigh. They can be educated, or evil, just like any other 'group' of humans can be. Do the Yannicks all around the world deserve the treatment they get? To the Indians, why do you keep giving me so many reasons to be ashamed of my nationality? You hate Africans, you hate Americans, you hate Europeans (although you manage to be shameless, sycophant bootlickers to them when you want to 'impress' them), you hate lower caste people, you hate higher caste people, you hate women, and sometimes even yourselves. What do you want? I have lived amongst you for so many years now, and I fail to understand what your goals are. I constantly find cynical and hateful people around me, crabbing about something or the other. I frequently read about fratricide, matricides and patricides. I love reading the newspaper, but everyday after I have finished reading it, I always end up being sombre.

I love multiculturalism. I have so many wonderful African friends. I have interacted with a Kenyan and a Senegalese guy when I was in college, and they were such fantastic people. They would enthusiastically talk about their plans in life, their families back in Africa, and would even laugh at the racial taunts some boors would make at them. I have shaken hands with them and hugged them. I have Nigerian friends online who keep inviting me to Nigeria despite all the domestic problems they are having. So I can't stand to see these things happening in the society I live in. I am trying my best to change how you people think, but you wouldn't stop hating the Yannicks just because they are 'black'. Why don't you all just storm the hospital he is admitted in with MMGs and shoot him and his beloved father to death? At least that will put them out of their miseries, and no father from Burundi or indeed, anywhere would ever make the mistake of sending his son/daughter to India to study again. Well done, my 'brothers'!
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2 Responses Jan 20, 2013

Sadly we live in a fallen world. The Bible speaks of such and how the hearts are wicked. Jesus offered a better way upon personal choice. The "word" says "not to put confidence in men but to put trust in God". There is a battle between good and evil yet many refuse to accept God's truth which has been proven over and over. There is a better way yet many do not want to find His truth and seek eternity with Jesus. The world will not change until Jesus returns. There will be no peace until then. All have a choice and all will deal with the consequences of choice. Fear drives actions. Jesus said many times "do not fear". He also speaks of finding peace beyond understanding.

India is not alone in what you describe. The whole world needs to change, and it will if you keep raising your voice, with others, in passionate protest.