NRI: Indian Students Feeling Insecure in US

     NARESH RAMMOHAN, a “firstgeneration ABCD” and a student of New York’s Syracuse University, is disturbed after the murders of three Indian students in the US in the last five weeks.

     “I feel very insecure with the recent tragedies and I know my parents worry more than I do,” he said. “The Louisiana slayings in December opened my eyes. I admit that even in this day and age, people of colour, in general, may be the targets for heinous crimes.”

     Then came the death of Abhijeet Mahato, the 29-year-old PhD student at Duke University Naresh’s sense of shock reson- ates with a large number of Indian students across US campuses.

     “The Indian community at MIT is shocked to hear about the recent crimes against graduate students of Indian origin,” Aditya Undurti, president of Sangam, an Indian students’ association at MIT, said.

      At Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, the recent killings have brought back memories of last year’s bloody carnage that claimed 32 lives – two of Indians. “Abhijeet Mahato’s killing has shocked everyone in the US, especially the Indian community because we are a peace-loving community,” says Rohit Rangnekar 

      ROBBERY IS being seen as the motive behind the murder of Abhijeet Mahato, the 29-yearold Indian PhD student at Duke University. Mahato was found dead by friends on Friday when his cellphone did not respond to calls. He had been shot.

      The theft theory was buttressed by two incidents of robbery in the Duke University area on Sunday night. In both cases – one reported by a university student and the other by an employee – an African-American man, 5 feet 8 inches tall, brandished a gim and robbed them. Both incidents took place off the campus. Abhijeet’s apartment, where he was found dead, was also outside the Duke premises.

     His family has authorised a friend, a professor in Michigan University, to fly to Durham, North Carolina, to help arrange for the body to be flown to India. Two Indian embassy officials, Sanjay Sinha and Alok Pandey, went on Monday to Durham for the same purpose. Larry Moneta, the vice-president for student affairs at Duke, has been quoted as saying that “it seems to be a case of robbery”. He said there was no evidence this was a race crime.

     “Mahato had no enemies,” he said. Moneta also said there had never been any racial incidents involving Indians in Duke.

      There are about 200 Indian students and 20 faculty members of Indian origin in the university The murder of two Indian doctoral students at Lousiana State University in December is being seen as a hate crime

      “What else can I say about myself, except that I am the son of my parents, brother of my sister and brother-in-law of her husband?! And I have a cute and naughty nephew. Even that would be equally lame introduction. This webpage has not reached its final stage. I am trying to improve it as and when I got the time and idea. I have not yet found a proper subject for the page… This is how Abhiject Mahto described himself on his webpage.

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