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Modi is not a
This is in response to the letters titled ‘Modi does not have time’
(India Abroad, August 28) that criticized him for ‘not getting things done.’
We should not expect that in a democracy. Modi is not a king nor is this
Take his initiative to give land for
business: The opposition has stopped
him from taking the country forward
and it is Modi who is being criticized?
We get the government we deserve,
we vote for — Indians will get the government and the rule that they put in
place; there is no one to blame.
Democracy is a bottom-up society —
whether it is corruption or a lack of
movement, infrastructure — the fault
lies with the people, not the leaders.
No country in the world has ever gotten prosperous because of a leader.
My generation of Indians failed
India. We used to grow at a measly 2-3
percent and we kept quiet. Today,
things have changed — 5-6 percent
growth rate is not good enough. People
Modi is not a magician. He controls
the lower house but the upper house is
still in the opposition’s hands and they
are still playing partisan politics
We sometimes forget that India is a
very, very poor country — to lift a bil-
lion people out of poverty will take
decades, maybe a century or more. It is
wrong to expect one man to do some-
thing that no other country has ever
done in history. China is still a poor
country, and that is after advancing so
much with an authoritarian govern-
ment. Modi does not have their free-
dom to do as he pleases
So, let’s temper our expectations a bit
Vanamali Thotapalli chicago, Illinois
This is in response to the letter ‘Why Jindal is Right’ (India Abroad, September 4). In my
opinion Bobby Jindal is wrong.
He comes across more as someone who wants to
push his political career ahead by making derogatory comments about immigrants and their backgrounds. I don’t have any problems with him identifying as American. He was born here, it’s his
country, and he has a complete right to his view,
but he doesn’t have to prove his Americanness by
spiting the rest who identify themselves as Indian
Indian Americans have worked hard and contributed to growth of both India and United
States. It will always be our identity, for us, for our
children and Americans as a whole.
Jindal’s portrait to paint himself white speaks
volumes about the mentality and extent to which
he’ll go cater to mass appeal. He is just another
shady politician giving false hopes.
Siddharth Sehgal editor, Indian Periodical
‘I have as much sympathy
for illegal immigrants
as I have for burglars’
Iwas disappointed with Reshma Shamasunder’s article, ‘A critical moment for pivotal conversations about race and
immigration’ (India Abroad, September 4). The author
sounds more emotional than rational, does not discriminate
between legal and illegal immigrants, and seems to look at
the immigration issue through the lens of racism.
We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of
laws. I find it disappointing when politicians resort to vote
bank politics by coddling illegal immigrants. The definition
of ‘anchor baby’ is a child born to a noncitizen mother in a
country with birthright citizenship, especially when viewed
as providing an advantage to family members seeking to
secure residency. I fail to see why it’s considered pejorative.
What’s offensive is the illegal activity, not the terminology
that is used to describe that activity.
I believe we are a bit too concerned about political correct-
ness. We even have trouble using the term ‘illegal immi-
grants’; we are supposed to call them ‘undocumented immi-
grants.’ We need to focus on plain language that everybody
understands, and formulate humane, effective, and pragmat-
ic policies that serve the interests of this country, as well as
those of legal immigrants but not those of illegal immigrants.
I have as much sympathy for illegal immigrants as I have
for burglars, even if those illegals come from India. In fact, I
am ashamed to learn that between 2000 to 2013, the population of illegal Indian immigrants went up 306 percent. It is
unfair to offer illegal immigrants a path to citizenship or a
legal status, while folks trying to become legal immigrants
have to wait for 10-15 years before they get green cards.
I agree with Bobby Jindal’s idea of ending birthright citizenship for illegal immigrants, as hard as it may be to change
the 14th Amendment, for that would at least remove one
incentive for the illegals to come to this country.
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