Can’t Com­pare US and In­dia

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Apro­pos the Edit, ‘Time to Shed That Hos­til­ity to Aliens’ (Jan 31), this se­ri­ous mat­ter is not to be dealt with in the back­drop of Trump’s ex­hi­bi­tion of an­i­mos­ity to na­tion­als of cer­tain coun­tries be­long­ing to a re­li­gious group treat­ing all of them as ter­ror­ists. In­dia and Amer­i­can should not be com­pared here. Amer­ica was a land in­hab­ited largely by mi­grants from sev­eral coun­tries af­ter Colum­bus landed there cen­turies ago. Aliens came to In­dia as in­vaders when the lo­cals were al­ready set­tled well un­der es­tab­lished rulers. Amer­ica pro­gressed to a na­tion of to­day’s stand­ing with the con­tri­bu­tion of the mi­grants.

Brand­ing of coun­tries, in­stead of sys­tem­atic iden­ti­fy­ing of in­di­vid­u­als, would cre­ate schisms and hos­til­i­ties detri­men­tal to global peace and feel­ing of to­geth­er­ness of na­tions. As for In­dia, it is al­ready an over­pop­u­lated coun­try and a coun­try grown from within largely. Its pol­icy to­wards mi­grants would have to be tuned to its needs and af­ford­abil­ity but not in the im­me­di­ate con­text of the hap­pen­ings in the USA only.

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