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Mithun K, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”. These are the words etched on the Statue of Liberty. These words are now deprived of their honour, thanks to the stringent immigrant control program in the United States. What an irony…
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. Of all the lives I seeped through, the one in the “Secret Annexe” left the most indelible mark. It was the hiding place of Anne Frank, a spirited young girl whose promise was cut short by the horrors of Second World War. “The Diary of a Young Girl” is a powerful testament to the savageries of war and the human spirit. When the pages on the right side slimmed down, I was losing a loyal friend and the agony was at its zenith.
11 years ago, in US, a volunteer was going through some files related to visa-pleas during the Second World War, the worst period in the world history. Of all the countless names, one hit him real hard. It was an Otto Frank. “U.S.A. is the only country we could go to,” he wrote. “It is for the sake of the children mainly.” The application did not go through. My friend, Otto Frank’s daughter, would have been 87 years old if that application had not remained in the red tape. She would have lived to tell about the ghastly war herself if the US did something different.
Trump regime has now gone for a blanket ban on immigration from 7 countries, including the war-torn Syria. It’s the image of Aylan Kurdi that is coming to my mind. People are desperately trying to cross the Mediterranean, thinking, the grass might be greener somewhere else. So hapless that mothers are ready to travel in overcrowded boats with their children. And everywhere, they are an unwelcome lot. Europe fought among themselves. People lambasted Angela Merkel. And now, the last nail in the coffin is from the US. When the world was trying to become a global village, some are trying to build walls. Remember what the Berlin wall did? Conservatism is getting buff again. US became what it is today from the hard works of a lot of people, immigrants included. Steve Jobs’ father was a Syrian refugee. Forgetting the roots will not augur well for anyone. Let us hope that the Mogul’s (Secret service code name for Donald Trump) stances are declared unconstitutional by the courts, who should be the bulwarks against Government abuses of power. Let the walls be broken. Integrate them in the society. Help them grow and grow with them.
“I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart”. These were the words of Anne Frank. Let us be optimistic and let us pray for respect for the words written on the Statue of Liberty.