The Chancellor and professor of International Christian University in Kinshasa, Congo, sent a message across for the viewers of Jan Ki Baat to see. Stephen Ntiza spoke about the history that Congo and India share because of their shared past of colonialism. In modern times, he says, when his nation was being ravaged by war and threatened by dissenting elements, the Indian Air Force played a major role. This cordial relationship that Congo shares with India is one of major reasons why many Congolese prefer to get medical treatments and even, education from India. What has happened recently is an unfortunate incident; the recent attack on a Congolese in India may increase the trust deficit between the two nations, evidentiary enough in the retaliations against Indians in Congo. Professor Ntiza says that Kinshasa is a crime-ridden city and this is truly an unfortunate incidence. It is neither countrys policy to hurt the citizens of the other. Concerned governments must rebuild the relationship peacefully and restore the trust-value embedded within that relationship.
Masunda Kitada Oliver was a French teacher at a private institute in Delhi. He was allegedly beaten to death by the three men while he was returning from a friend’s house in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj area on the night of May 20. While Olivier’s friend and other African nationals in the area who rushed to his rescue alleged that the attack on Oliver took place on racial lines, senior police officials denied the allegations and claimed that this was not an incident of hate crime. In Congo, some shops owned by Indians have been vandalized.
Are the two incidents related, is one a retaliation to the other? Racism has proven to an omnipresent force. Its recent entry in India is quite surprising considering the nations past struggle against Western white imperialism. We must weed what few sources of racism exist in India, as soon and as efficiently as possible.