“The recent hate-based murder of an Indian Software Professional in Kansas by a white supremacist is an urgent wake-up call to bring in the hate crime incidents to the forefront so that, the world that we are living in should not be fraught with constant fear and trauma of what might happen next”.
Based on such an emotion, media conference was hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr.Kavita Gupta wherein they undertook a bold initiative to touch upon a topic of race based hatred that is perpetuating in our (American) society today against Indians. It takes courage and the intent to initiate a dialogue that gets the community, humanity or sometimes a handful of people to act upon the jarring reality of what bothers the majority of people. Mr. H.R Shah ( CEO of TV Asia ) welcomed the discussion panelist that included Bollywood Actor Arjun Rampal, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Mr. Hirsh Singh ( Candidate for NJ Governor ), Dr. Sudheer Parikh, Ms Matthews (Attorney at law) and Mr. Viru Patel ( Woodbridge Councilman), and it was methodically moderated by Dr. Kavita Gupta !
Mr. Arjun Rampal, a Bollywood actor made a pertinent point while addressing the gathering at TV Asia, that; those who project hate should be dealt with at the seat level ; that somewhere the trust is broken by terrorism and by reacting in an aggressive manner we are just giving victory to the terrorists, and, as they want to put fear in our minds, apparently they are getting what they want”. You beat them with love, you don’t beat them with hate , concluded Mr. Rampal!
Dr. Kavita made a relevant point while questioning him that how he feels when a person like him is in a position to influence the masses and educate the general public against racism; that he is a media in himself and can reach the public to bring about awareness ! In his response Mr. Arjun Rampal came out to be the one who is actively engaged, is confident in his abilities and beliefs, consistent and secure in his empathy for the Indians living abroad.
The society that we live in should be a one that has acceptance with inclusion of hope and positivity for people of all colors. It’s takes courage, it takes an idea and it takes a strategy for a proposal to take shape, for the minds to think and for people to come together for a common cause. We can be functionally blinded by our own expertise and experience. When our rationality is bounded, we might find it easier to ignore the problem and hope it will just go away. But that seldom happens.
Thanks to Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Kavita Gupta for opening a discourse as the only way to get to the solution is by addressing the problem.
Hopefully this will open doors to numerous other healthy discussions for issues like racism and hate crimes !