Srinivas Kuchibhotla’s wife Sunayana Dumala has written a blog on Tuesday after the funeral of the Indian engineer slain in the United States. In a post on Facebook, she shared the couple’s life story, their dreams, and the little things that made life beautiful before her husband was snatched away by death.
Sunayana and Srinivas had met on Orkut and known each other for six years before they got married. Like most NRIs, the couple too were fond of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan and superstar Shah Rukh Khan.
She also thanked everyone for the enormous support that was pouring in on social media and otherwise. Her employer, for example, has been very supportive and told Sunayana she can take as much time as needed to return to work. The gift of time to heal her wounds.
But return she must, and to where she asks, raising the question again: Do we belong here? She says it’s the question on every immigrant’s mind in the United States. “Is this the same country we dreamed of and is it still secure to raise our families and children here?”.
She signs off with food for thought in these divided times. “On what basis we decide a person is good or bad, and of course, it’s not based on the color of your skin. So what decides that? Many times, these issues are talked about for a few weeks and people tend to forget about them afterward, but the fight must go on towards eradicating hatred from the minds of people. So what is the government going to do to stop hate crime?” she asks, in a post that has relevance in India too, where increasingly society seems to have become polarised.
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