Hate crime againsts Indians: Rajnath says govt serious, Congress says PM Modi silent

In recent weeks, at least two Indians have been killed in incidents of hate crime in the US.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 9, 2017 2:55 pm
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Ananth Kumar, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Jitendra Singh and SS Ahluwalia, arrives for the ongoing budget session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Thursday. (Source: PTI)

The Budget session began on a stormy note Thursday with Opposition members demanding a debate on the recent hate crimes against Indians living in the United States of America.

Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, Mallikharjun Kharge blamed the Modi government for remaining silent on the attacks against Indians in US. He went on to demand Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in attendence, to issue a statement in the House on the issue.

“Why is the Modi government silent on the attacks against Indian in the US? The Prime Minister tweets on every other issue, why doesn’t he talk on this issue? Why is he silent? He should make a statement today,” he said.

In his reply, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the government has taken a serious note of the recent incidents against Indians in US. He added that the government will make a statement on the issue next week in the Parliament. “What is happening in the US is being viewed seriously by the government and a statement would be made in the Parliament next week,” he said during Question Hour. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar also said the government was very much concerned about the incidents in the US.

In recent weeks, at least two Indians have been killed in incidents of hate crime in the US. Member of Parliament from Andhra Pradesh, Jithender Reddy speaking on the same issue said: “Each attack involved a slogan. Go back to your country. The recent attack on two Indian nationals in US is a clear case of racism. America condemned it but is not taking any steps to address the issue. Another incident involving a Sikh also shows there is a sign of xenophobia. Telugu-speaking Indians living in the US are in lakhs. The families are worried about the safety of their kin in the US.”

Earlier in the morning, soon after the House observed a moment of silence over the passing away of four former members, AIADMK members trooped into the Well demanding a debate on the alleged attack by the Sri Lankan navy on Tamil Nadu fishermen. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan assured the MPs that they could raise the issues during Zero Hour.

With inputs from PTI

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    Bharat
    Mar 9, 2017 at 9:45 am
    Why is everything Modi Modi Modi? - actually if you read the facts then a lot has been done by the Indian High commission in the US and also local organisations on the ground. I do not understand why these guys want to revert everything back to Modi. Give some credit to the people doing the actual jobs in the US in reducing these attacks - however its just unfortunate that Indians run front line businesses like Gas Stations, Motels and retail Liquor Shops where they are more likely to be attacked.
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      Y
      Mar 9, 2017 at 1:52 pm
      A STATE TERRORIST RAJNATH SINGH SPEAKING OF HATE CRIMES?
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        Prateik e
        Mar 9, 2017 at 1:17 pm
        Rajnath forgets the STATE CRIME that he and his mentor Bagawat have let lose on Indian Citizens!
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          SubbuI
          Mar 9, 2017 at 12:37 pm
          SANGHIS UNDER NALAYAK NMODI PROTECTION DOING THE SAME HERE IN INDIA AGAINST MINORITIES AND DALITS.THERE IN AMERICA THE LOCALS UNDER PROTECTION OF DONALD TRUMPH DOING TO MIGRANTS INDIANS lt;br/gt;NOW MODI IS GETTING ATASTE OF OWN MADICINE ie HATRED AND DEVISIVE ELECTION CAMPAIGN
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            Anand Drivedi
            Mar 9, 2017 at 1:10 pm
            Dirty Indians are the main cause of this problem. Indians go to United States and start dirtying the streets, they defecate and urinate on the pavements, throw garbage in the street, spit on walls, and have a horrible body odor because of the food they eat. Further, they play loud Hindi, Telegu, Tamil music and disturb the neighbors. They also rape and molest women at the first opportunity. Most Indian men in the United States are pedophiles.
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              Anand Drivedi
              Mar 9, 2017 at 4:22 pm
              Dirty Indians are the main cause of this problem. Indians go to United States and start dirtying the streets, they defecate and urinate on the pavements, throw garbage in the street, chew paan and spit on walls, and have a horrible body odor because they don't have bath. Further, they play loud Hindi, Telegu, Tamil music and disturb the neighbors. They also rape and molest women at the first opportunity. Most Indian men in the United States are pedophiles. More so, most Indians going to the United States are uncivilized blackies from South India. Even in India, people hate the Blackies from South India.
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                Anand Drivedi
                Mar 9, 2017 at 1:11 pm
                Most Indians in America are blackies from South India. Even in India people hate them. Ask why.
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                  Anuradha Kalhan
                  Mar 9, 2017 at 9:54 am
                  Tragic! What can the Indian right wing government say now?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Friends of 'Hindoos' and some 'Hindoos' themselves were very excited about the Trump call against Muslims . There were some temple ceremonies and mutual love declared in the run up to the elections last year. Now the side effects of right wing hysteria are on display and some sadly innocent victims too.
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