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Author Basanta Kumar Mohanty

By Basanta Kumar Mohanty

The unpleasant incidents of attack that happened recently in the United States of America (USA) and New Zealand on the Indians envisage ‘Beginning of a New Era of Racism,’ threatening the world of integration and brotherhood.

The three violent attacks against Indians in the USA in the past few days and one in New Zealand expose the degradation of human moral values in the world.

The first attack on two Indian men – Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani – in a bar outside of Kansas City and the subsequent death of Kuchibhotla in the hospital points to some dangerous trend.

The shooter’s yelled view ‘Get out of my Country’ and then after attack on a 39-year-old Sikhman, Deep Rai in Kent, Washington and killing of Harish Patel, a US national of Indian origin in Lancaster  of South Carolina and the racist tirade against the Indian origin Narindervir Singh in Auckland of New Zealand  reveals the substantial  breach of International Law on protection of human life from racism and its penetration in the modern world.

The diplomatic relationship between and among countries have been failing to protect the rights of the people.

The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948 towards curbing the racial feeling from the mindset of the people and recognizing people to be treated with dignity with economic rights, social rights including education, and the rights to cultural and political participation and civil liberty.

It further states that everyone is entitled to these rights without distinction of any kind such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

In 1965, the United Nations International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, defines that racial discrimination shall mean any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin that has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life.

In 1978, UNESCO Declaration on Race and Racial Prejudice (Article-1) states “All human beings belong to a single species and are descended from a common stock. They are born equal in dignity and rights and all form an integral part of humanity.”

In 2001, the European Union explicitly banned racism. Arictle-21 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union ‘prohibits discrimination on any ground such as race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, disability, age or sexual orientation and also discrimination on the grounds of nationality’.

Despite of various National and International Laws on protection of rights and liberties of human being and to save humanism from the scourge of racism, but these are no longer able to control the racial attitude of the people of the world. The racial attitude of the people is poisoning the past, present and future relations with others. UNESCO’s mark of 21st March as the International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination and United Nations Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development Goal-10 to empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status and to ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action in this regards has no meaning in present state of hatred attack and racial feeling. It underscores the obligation of the States to give the citizens of the world the right to live and let others to live.

The United States of America should note that the Indian migrants began arriving in U.S. as early as 1820. As of 2013, more than 2, 35,000 Indian-born immigrants resided in U.S. If the same situation will persists, the life of more than two million Indian-born migrants will be at a stake. The Trump administration should take stringent action against the culprit and to stop such practice of racism before out-break to other countries of the World like an epidemic. The diplomatic relationship among the nations should be stronger and be effective. Everyone should imagine the plight of a father (father of Srinivas Kuchibhotla) who lost his son and his clarion call to the parents ‘Don’t send your kids-U.S. is not safe’ is not a good symbol for development of a healthy and prosperous society.

We must learn from the Norway, where the word ‘race’ has been removed from national laws concerning discrimination as the use of the word is considered problematic and unethical.

The Norwegian Anti-Discrimination Act bans discrimination based on ethnicity, national origin, descent and skin colour. To save the society from the fact of racism, all nations should frame draconian laws; otherwise the national integration by virtue of brotherhood will be dissolved like the salt in the water. In the end, an appeal to all ‘Restrict You from Racism and Let the Racism to Die sans a New Beginning.’

–              The author Basanta Kumar Mohanty is Court Manager, Civil Courts, Deogarh. He can be contacted 9861250401: Email: