To Honour Indian Techie, Kansas Dedicates March 16 As Indian-American Appreciation Day

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2:30 pm 17 Mar, 2017


Nearly a month after Indian Techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla became a victim of hate crime in the US, the state of Kansas has declared March 16 as ‘Indian-American Appreciation Day’.

 

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Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead by a 51-year-old US Navy veteran Adam Purinton on February 22, was shot at a bar in Olathe, Kansas after the shooter yelled  “get out of my country” at him and his friend.

While his friend Alok Madasani and an American national Ian Grillot were also injured in the attack, Kuchibhotla lost his life in the shooting.

 

Alok Madasani and Ian Grillot

Talking about the senseless act of violence, Kansas Governor, Sam Brownback on March 16 said that it  “will not divide or define” the state as “the unique contribution of Indian community has made Kansas a better place”.

He then went on to add such actions can never overshadow “our shared values and beliefs, the dignity of mankind…” and that they will continue to welcome and support the Indian community in the State of Kansas.


 

Kansas Governor, Sam Brownback.  MSNBC

The event was also attended by Madasani and Grillot who paid their respects to Kuchibhotla at the event.

The Governor also publicly apologised for the incident and thanked Grillot for his heroic efforts.

He then went on to declare, March 16, Indian American Day in the State of Kansas.

“We find peace in the Sanskrit mantra Satyamev Jayate or truth alone triumphs. With this proclamation today, I am declaring Indian American Day in the State of Kansas.” – Sam Brownback, Kansas Governor

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