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Has America become
a police state?
What has become of America? Have we become indis- tinguishable from the likes of North Korea, Iran,
China or Syria?
These things are happening all too frequently, and innocent people are unnecessarily dying. The dangerous trend is
that the severity of these incidents is not decreasing, but they
are exponentially increasing. It happened on Staten Island in
New York, where an African-American male was killed. It
happened again in Ferguson, Missouri, and an African-American teenager lay dead on the street. In neither of these
cases, were the offending police officers even indicted by the
grand jury, let alone convicted.
And now it has happened again in Madison, Alabama, a
town neighboring the high-tech metropolis of Huntsville. A
grandfather, legally visiting his US citizen son, who did nothing other than take a stroll in the sub-division where his son
and his family own their home, was attacked by at least three
police officers in broad daylight, leaving the elderly visitor
His only ‘crime’ was that he did not speak English!
Since when is it against American law to walk on public
roads or sidewalks? Since when is it illegal for anyone who
looks other than Caucasian to walk on public streets?
The human rights and ‘due process’ that America pretends
to champion are being tossed by the wayside.
In the Madison incident, what happened to the gentleman’s
right to remain silent? I have not heard his Miranda Rights
having been read to him on the video that I watched on CBS
and You Tube!
How about his civil rights, and the violation thereof?
Where does the federal government stand on this issue?
George P Kurien Chattanooga, Tennessee
An open letter to
ear Sonia Gandhi,
Congress blood runs in my veins.
My grandfather, mother and her
siblings were Congress party members
who went to jail on many occasions
during the freedom movement.
My mother was elected the first
woman member of the Indian
Parliament from Rajasthan in 1952.
She wore only khadi with nationalistic
pride until her death in 1999.
You, madam, have to take the responsibility for singlehandedly destroying
the Congress party that the vast majority of patriotic Indians and I were very
Under your leadership, no Congress
party candidates won in the recent
Delhi elections. Even in the Lok Sabha
there are only 44 Congress party members – not enough for it to be recognized as the official Opposition Party!
Under the leadership of prime minister P V Narasimha Rao, finance minister Manmohan Singh pulled India out
from the brink of economic disaster
with his brilliant reforms. This eventually led to India ‘shining’ in the following decade.
‘“Mr. Guru” was how US President
Barack Obama greeted Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh during the
Copenhagen Climate Summit, which
showed the degree of respect he has for
the Indian leader,’ – The Economic
Times, May 9, 2010.
You made this wise scholar the laugh-
ing stock of the world.
If you care for the Congress party as
much as I do, please resign.
There may just be another Narendra
Modi lurking in the wings to take the
Congress party back to its glory days.
(This person is certainly not Rahul or
And India may just return back to a
real, viable, healthy two party system.
Vikram Bhargava Nesconset, New York
Delhi defeat, the
BJP needs Bharatiya Janata Party fans should not be disappointed with the Delhi
election results because in the long run
the BJP’s stunning defeat will prove to
be very good for the party and indeed
for the future of India.
What is even more significant is that
this defeat comes after Prime Minister
Narendra Modi’s personal campaigning and President Barack Obama’s historic visit.
Sometimes shock therapy is necessary because otherwise success breeds
arrogance. In the last few months BJP
leaders had begun to show some signs
of arrogance and overconfidence. It
bothered many people when Modi publicly addressed our President as Barack
when President Obama addressed him
as Prime Minister Modi, not Narendra.
It even puzzled many supporters
when they heard about Modi’s super-
expensive suit monogrammed with
‘Narendra Damodardas Modi’ in gold-
en stripes. This did not sit well with the
simple man and ‘prime servant’ image
he has been working so hard to create.
Stripes of ‘Jai Hind’ would have been
Arvind Kejriwal had made two
attempts in the past to meet with Modi
but the meetings were not granted.
Hope Mr Modi finds time to attend
Kejriwal’s inauguration. Not doing so
will be viewed as another sign of arrogance by many. In many of his speeches
Modi gives credit to Mahatma Gandhi,
Sardar Patel and Swami Vivekananda,
but he never mentions Pandit Nehru,
which is strange.
We may not agree with everything
Nehru did, but we can’t ignore the fact
that he fought for independence of
India all his life, for which he deserves
some credit. All leaders make some
mistakes, and Modi will have his share
of mistakes too.
Prime Minister Modi made a great
speech in New York but nothing seems
to have changed yet in consulate operations. Diaspora Indians have to deal
with the same nightmares as before
trying to get a visa, or Overseas Citizen
of India card or even a Permanent
Account Number card from India.
India and NRIs have great hopes from
the new leadership.
Ramesh Sakaria New Jersey