NEW DELHI:: India has been assured that the shootings in the US are aberrations and majority in the country do not subscribe to the view. The US has also insisted that Indians are welcome in the country.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that the US government has been very positive in their approach in commending the contribution of Indians to their country and economy.
“There is a sense of regret at the unfortunate shooting commitment to prosecute the matter, support to the family of the deceased, and recognition of the qualities and contribution of Shri Srinivas (the victim of Kansas shooting) to Kansas. There is also recognition of the contribution of Indians and the assertion that they are welcome,” MEA Spokesperson Gopal Baglay told reporters while talking about the letter written by the Kansas Governor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the shooting.
Baglay added that there has been a wide ranging condemnation of such crimes within the US. “This point has also been highlighted by various prominent US dignitaries that such crimes do not represent the views of the vast majority in that country. In fact, several senior US Dignitaries have explicitly mentioned in the recent days that Indians are welcome in the US,” Baglay added.
The Spokesperson averred there have been a ‘wide-ranging’ and ‘strong recognition’ as well as respect for Indian skills and contribution of the Indian technological manpower to the US economy. “It is widely agreed that the presence of Indian technical professionals makes the US more competitive and helps its economy. You would have seen that senior US officials have stated that illegal immigration and not H1B is their priority,” Baglay said while downplaying the concerns regarding the tightening of norms for H1B visa for high skilled workers.
Baglay insisted that the government has been raising the issue of security of Indians and Persons of Indian origin in “strong terms” with the US authorities.