Saturday, July 14, 2007

Gandhigiri - US Style

Update: As reported by Colors, Gandhigiri might have just worked. The article in the Businessweek.com (Dated: July 17, 2007) states, "After two weeks of protests by high-skilled immigrants over a broken promise to expedite the processing of green cards, the White House has approached immigration advocacy groups to work out a compromise. While the talks are ongoing and could still break down, the government is likely to reverse a July 2 decision to refuse more permanent residency applications, and will likely begin accepting them in the next few days."

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It's seems ironic that Indians based in US are doing Gandhigiri to get immigration to US, while "original" Gandhigiri was done by "the man" to get rid of illegal immigrants in India (a.k.a Britishers). Ah, that dreaded "greencard", which can bring greens a plenty (and no am not talking about global warming). I call it dreaded because just the name can bring fear among thousands of Indians living in a limbo in a country that fail to call them its own. They can't go home after spending so much time and effort in a country that gives them everything except the right to live without fear of getting kicked out.


Indians have been flocking American shores for more than a century. They have contributed to the country more than their "own". US on their part have made sure they get the best from the country but have been reluctant in accepting them whole-heartedly. As long as those Indians are useful to them, they are happy but as soon as they start asking for rights, like the right to live without fear, they are shown the door.

This American hypocrisy came to light recently when they first gave hope to thousands of Indians by promising to fasten the green-card application procedure by moving them into final phase of immigration process and gave them a deadline to submit the applications by July 2. But just as the deadline passed away, the promise was retracted. This is the worst thing anyone can do by giving someone hope and then snatching it back like it never existed in the first place.

Indians have protested for the first time in "Gandhigiri" style by sending flowers to director of U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. Will it work again? Who knows but for now the department is sticking to its decision. Although, US policy is baffling because it is allowing millions of illegal aliens (yes that's what US Govt. calls illegals, talk about degradation of humans) from Mexico to get immigration but is reluctant to give the same right to people who are making real difference in the country. I hope better sense will prevail and Gandhigiri will be again successful in freeing his countrymen from the fear, albeit for a different reason altogether.

22 Comments:

Blogger Reema said...

AHEM! me first!! :D

1:09 PM  
Blogger Reema said...

good post, as u brought up an important issue.. we have loads of Pakistani's there undergoing similar issues!

btw, im back too :)

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Mehak said...

I read about this sometime back in the newspaper.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Colors said...

LOL...yeah I read abt the 'protest'...we Indians sure are influenced by movies more than we'd like to admit.

10:33 PM  
Blogger Fursat said...

jayada nahi padi post;p hehe

blog updated

8:27 AM  
Blogger faith said...

Great!! yes its called gandhigiri!!

good post..

so champ is rocking.. *smiles*

11:22 PM  
Blogger Moonie said...

I heard that the gandhigiri didn't work! Well, world isn't so straight forward like Gandhiji's time. My personal opinion is that gandhigiri can work only if the person on whom you are tryin on gandhigiri has a conscience! that was true in early 1900s but not so much in the new century!!

8:46 AM  
Blogger Moonie said...

btw, rn't putting life back into your Kaarindaah??

10:59 AM  
Blogger Red Soul said...

oh and I havent read abt this sending flowers and all. And I was also in that July 2 lot, and got my medical and all done. :| feels sad to read abt such indian's state.. :|

11:04 AM  
Blogger Colors said...

Looks like Gandhigiri might just work!
http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/content/jul2007/db20070716_514499.htm?chan=top+news_top+news+index_businessweek+exclusives

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

payal says:
khub gandhigari ho rahi hai yahan :P

5:23 AM  
Blogger Moonie said...

Yes colors is right ..,
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/US_to_give_more_Green_Cards/rssarticleshow/2215001.cms&news=US%20to%20give%20more%20Green%20Cards&pubDate=Wed+Jul+18+23%3A11%3A11+IST+2007&keyword=toi_home

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Mehak said...

Ohh was here to tell you more about the article today in TOI....Moonie has already mentioned the link :)

9:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes- u have never forgotten in the 3 years that we have known each other. Thank you! Came to see whether u were still writing..i am so glad that u are still carrying on the flame. I feel the stirrings of blogging again...perhaps, I will reinstate my old blog or start all over again. Will keep you posted. Hope u are doing well. Take care-miss the old times!
GB (formerly known as Princess Au Contraire)

3:28 PM  
Blogger madhavi said...

nice post.. got here thru ur comment on rashmi's blogsite :) !

3:42 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

reema - You came here so fast ke main toh sachi main darr gaya tha...lol.

Thanks for liking it and yes this issue is important for every wannabe-immigrant.

It was so good to see you back with a bang :D

mehak - Yea, it was covered by several desi publications and tv channels incl. CNN-IBN.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

colors - I listened to it first on CNN-IBN and then read it on Business Week. Yea, we Indians are influenced by movies but in this case it seems to work. You know even "Jadoo ke jhappi" is getting popular as a way to hug people among desis.

fursat - Matlab belcul nahin padhe...lol. But I read your full post na :-(

faith - Thank You jee. If you can always smile toh I will keep rocking ;-)

12:21 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

moonie - Its seems it finally did ;) I would say Gandhiji was also not as straight forward he is made out to be.

So, are you saying that Britishers had conscience?? I don't believe so, what they had was "no choice" but to leave a mess they had created.

I haven't taken enough pictures to put it on Kaarindah but will certainly work on it. Thanks Moonie :-)

12:35 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

red soul - I think there is now good news for you then :-)

colors - Thanks for the link and update.

payal - LOL...aisa kuch nahin hain jee :D

moonie - Thanks for the link.

mehak - You all are quick and up-to-date :D

12:40 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

Princess - Aisa kabhi ho sakta hain kya, ke I forgot Princess's birthday :D You are welcome.

Thanks for checking on me, its so good to see you. Please let me know when you start your next phase of blog journey. Yea, miss the old times :-)

madhavi - Thanks Madhavi and Welcome to my blog. Yea, I saw your comment at Rash's blog too. Take care.

12:43 PM  
Blogger Marlee said...

This is so new...didnt read abt it :( thanks for the enlightenment. Apologies for the late commentary! Lazy me!

6:08 AM  
Blogger Ricky said...

marlee - Your comments are cherished anytime they come :-)

5:49 PM  

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