An Open Letter To The German Professor Who Denied Admission To The Indian Student
Dear Dr. Annette G Beck-Sickinger,
I came across your refusal to admit an Indian male student for internship while reading today's newspaper.
While you have every right to admit the student of your choice, the reason that you have cited for rejecting his application is highly inappropriate and smacks of ignorance.
On behalf of all Indians, I am taking the liberty to write to you. I beg your indulgence.
In India, we have the highest respect for our teachers and now as I write this letter to you, I consider you as my own teacher - a teacher whom I didn't have the fortune to study under. "Mata Pita Guru Deivam". Our mother shows us our father. Our father takes us to the teacher. And it is the teacher who shows us God. In that sense, the role of a teacher is very high in any Indian's life.
I do not wish to paint this letter with figures and data, as I agree with Benjamin Disraeli in that "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics". However, just to make my point that India is not the rape capital of the world, I would like to bring to your attention the following figures.
United States of America accounts for the largest incidence of rape in the world. So, will you turn down an American male student too for the same reason? And Germany too isn't far behind in the incidence of rape, being ranked sixth.
Yes, I do agree that all is not well with India. But that is the case almost anywhere in the world.
Let me come to the point of collective moral dilemma. I am sure the Germans would have confronted this at the end of the Second World War. Unimaginable horrors and incalculable loss of life were caused by the activities of a group of people. Is the entire nation responsible for this? No. Those horrific acts were perpetrated by only a group of people.