HYDERABAD: While Indians were stumped by the Modi government’s sudden decision to make `500 and `1,000 notes invalid effectively from Tuesday midnight, Wednesday morning came as a jolt for many after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States of America.
Social media was filled with harsh reactions, blaming the American electorate for “making the worst mistake in the history of the country.” These reactions were largely based on comments that the newly-elected President made in the past.
“America is living through the greatest jobs theft in the history of the world. There’s never been a country that’s lost jobs like we do, so stupidly, so easy to solve,” Trump had said, in an interview.
His Islamophobic rants, mysogynistic comments, his wish to “build walls” and not letting migrants into the country, his wish to make America “great again”, the pride he takes in being rich and not filing his tax returns and many more such comments have irked people across the globe.
With thousands of students and youngsters migrating to the US from the Telugu states, panic regarding jobs and funds for education was evident.
Shruti, a software engineer in Hyderabad who aspires to go to the US for an MBA has now come to the conclusion that going to the US at this point is unsafe. “We will be spending a lot of money and there is no point when there is no security. Survival is going to be tough and the situation is quite unpredictable. This fear was there even before I took my exam, where friends did ask me, what if Trump becomes president? And now it is definite,” she said.
However, Ajay Kolla, founder and CEO of Wisdomjobs.com opines that there won’t be a significant impact on jobs for Indians, at least immediately. “While there were certain promises made by Trump during the election campaign, it remains to be evaluated as to how many will be implemented in the time to come,” he said.
Hyderabadis living in the US, however, seem to be quite happy with America’s decision. Rithwik Jallepalli, a Masters student in Buffalo, New York feels glad.
“It feels great to see a fiercely competitive and candid man lead the greatest economy in the world. As an Indian student working through college I’m glad to have someone that will choose merit than simply sympathise with minorities,” said the 24-year-old.
Deekshitha Jetta, a research student also feels the same.