Very sad incident. We should avoid USA for study and employment. -Sanjoy Pandey
Another international student, Sharath Koppu, who arrived in January in the US to begin his Master’s degree in computer science at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, has fallen victim to the USA’s endemic gun violence. The above headline was the title of an article that appeared in The Times of India on 8 July 2018. The quote, which was the first comment, sums the reaction of many, be it on a short- or long-term basis.
While this shooting apparently received minimal coverage in the US media, with the exception of Kansas City, it was all over the Indian media. (Here is a 9 July editorial from The Kansas City Star editorial board: Fatal shooting of UMKC student from India tells the world KC is dangerous.)
More young Indians will think twice before choosing the USA as an overseas study destination. The shift to Canada and other countries was already taking place and incidents like these only serve to hasten that process.
Last year, two Garmin engineers, also originally from India, were shot by angry white man yelling “Get out of my country!” One succumbed to his injuries. It doesn’t matter that the latter was a hate crime while the former a murder committed during a robbery. The end result is the same: they’re both DEAD.
Sharath Koppu’s cousin, Raghu Chowdavaram, set up a GoFundMe account that raised $50,832 in three (3) days, $25,000 of that within three (3) hours. Here’s part of what he wrote:
Sharath Koppu is an Indian Computer Engineer who came to the USA in the month of Jan 2018. Sharath is known to his family and friends as full of dreams, cheerful, energetic and athletic. In the pursuit of his dreams, he moved to USA to do his Masters. He had the same dreams like everyone else to make it BIG in the land of opportunity. He had a great sense of humor, and always made people laugh and was always eager to lend a helping hand.
Little did anybody know that life is about to take a big unfortunate turn on a fateful day of July 6th 2018.
R.I.P. Sharath Koppu