Ukraine war: Holding Tricolour, Indian students march to railway stations
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Ukraine war: Holding Tricolour, Indian students march to railway stations

March 2, 2022

Efforts on to bring Naveen’s body back home; he had studied SSLC and PUC at Nanjangud

New Delhi: Naveen Shekharappa Gyana Goudar, the 22-year-old medical student from Haveri who was killed in shelling in Kharkiv, Ukraine, had studied in Nanjangud in Mysuru as his father Shekharappa was working at South Indian Paper Mill.

Yesterday, Naveen was killed in shelling when he moved out of the bunker to fetch some food, water and exchange currency. He is native of Chalageri village in Ranebennur taluk of Haveri district. His death prompted the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to demand that Russia and Ukraine take immediate steps to ensure safe passage for Indian students who are trapped in the country. While efforts are on to bring his body back to Haveri, many students and workers from India, along with a large number of people from other countries, were marching on Wednesday in Kharkiv in war-ravaged Ukraine towards the nearest railway station risking their lives holding the Indian national flag.

 Naveen completed his primary and secondary education in Nanjangud. He did his primary schooling till SSLC in Adarsha School and teachers described him as a bright student. He secured 604 marks out of 625 in SSLC and joined Unity College and secured 92.2 percent in PUC.

Naveen had taken coaching for NEET as his dream was to become a doctor. He did not get a medical seat and later joined Kharkiv National Medical University in Ukraine. Shell-shocked by his death, Naveen’s father Shekharappa said that his son fell victim to a corrupt system. “Due to the education system and casteism, he could not get a seat despite being an intelligent student. Here we have to pay a bribe of Rs. 1 crore to Rs. 2 crore to get an MBBS seat,” he said.

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Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi and Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai spoke with Naveen’s father over the phone. Bommai’s office said all efforts are on to bring the mortal remains of Naveen to India. “Talks are on with officials of the MEA in this regard,” Bommai said during his conversation with Naveen’s father.

12 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Ukraine war: Holding Tricolour, Indian students march to railway stations”

  1. Questo says:

    Sad, but going to a place like Ukraine which has been simmering with fear of conflicts with Russia , a good move?
    Only the forward community students , that means Brahmin students do not get a place in medical colleges in Karnataka, but his name sounds like a non-Brahmin, which immediately means a backward caste, and how come he did not get into a medical college. If he a mmeber of backward caste feels the system is corrupt, what about the the only forward community Brahmins, whose students are ignored despite glittering marks and credentials?
    Ukraine had more than 20000 medical students from Africa and Asia, which does mean lax admission requirements.
    Again sad, but Mysuru alone has more than 300 MDs and there is an over supply of doctors. Why a medical degree? To go to USA then?
    PM Modi was priding about India’s technological achievment of sending 2 satellites at a time, but could not get 8000 of Indians who are still caught up in Ukraine.

  2. Nandini says:

    It is a sad fact that this student had a number of issues: 1. Indian passport, which is worth nothing , when it comes to escaping Kharkiv, which was bombarded by Russian missiles. Other foreigners, who have passports that countries like Poland which is the country to escape to, allow them in without visas. No country allows Indian passport holders entries without valid visas. 2. Indians need plenty of USDs or Euros, as Indian Rupees are not even worth as toilet papers 3. PM Modi had already antagonised Ukraine, who requested him to plead with Vlad Putin on their behalf, and PM Modi simply supported by abstaining in the UN Security Council, not voting against Russia, and that meant only 3 countries abstained: China, UAE and India. This was interpreted by Ukraine, and other Western countries as direct support to Russia’s invasion like. China and UAE . India ghas thus stuck out as a sore thumb. There will be other repercussions when India approaches the EU,/USA for help, trade or even visas for Indian techies.
    The outcome of the war means, thousands of Ukraine IT techies would have left that country-Ukraine has excellent IT expertise with a superior chain of IT companies with excellent expertise. These IT techies are way superior to Indian techie coders, and hence are in great demand: They will get generous work and immigrant Vias to US and Europe, as well as to Australia. Who wants PM Modis IT techies then?’ You will see this alignment in the coming months and years.

  3. A V Prasanna says:

    Reservations, reservations and more reservations, even after 72 years of Independence. One can understand reservations for the first few years of Independence, but after 72 years it is disgusting. Very rightly voiced by my fellow observers in the above comments, that the reservations created by politicians are causing meritorious students to seek medical education abroad, even if it is costly. In what way are brahmins independent? they do not get medical seats in Govt. colleges, private colleges charges a bomb. After education, no upper caste Indians get jobs in Govt establishment. Merit? not found in Indian dictionary. It is influence and casteism. Many times one wonders what is it to be born Indian? it is loss of freedom, loss of independence. This country will not change till we are back to slavery. PM’s come and go, we continue to be a country based on casteism.

  4. Mann Ki Baat! says:

    @Prasanna
    In our days a few years ago, PUC exams under the then Mysore University-there was no Bangalore university then, was difficult, as it tested the students in full, and getting 60% was an achievement. With respect to this poor student, marks are inflated in India these days, as we see in their applications to Western universities , and when they come, they simply struggle.
    Having said the above, the only caste which has no reservation at all, is the upper caste of Brahmins, and they have to compete in just 5% of unreserved places ,along with others too, after the 95% of places are filled by backward caste students, including Muslims. Muslims want to remain perennially backward, with Gowdas too!
    I am surprised that this poor student did not get entry into any medical college in India. Ukraine has been a dangerous place since 1990s, when it became independent from Russia, as Russia did not recognise its independence. It was a place with flash points.
    Why become a doctor, when doctors like the current Mysore DC leave his profession, and becomes an IAS officer? The prospects as an IAS officer are very good, compared to a MMBS doctor, who has do MD ?MS and again there is more reservations at that level too. There are dime-a-dozen MDs and MSs even in a medium -sized city like Mysore. India churning out tens and thousands of doctors every year.
    The poor student was badly advised to go to Ukraine, when Ukraine students themselves leave their country to study in Europe and USA, fearing war anytime. Hence, Ukraine universities with plenty of places seek Indian students.

  5. Gautam says:

    @Prasanna
    Well said. The reservations were initially meant for SC/ST-the dalit categories given that they suffered for centuries.
    But Nehru had to yield to pressures CMs from states, all congress at that time, particularly from Karnataka, where excellent poets like DVG were resented, novelists like AnaKru and Tara su were despised because ,they belonged to the forward class of Brahmins.
    Kengal a Gowda, started this reservation malpractice classifying a few non-Brahmins as backward castes, then more more communities were added. This made Infosys Murthy to remark that only in India, every community wants to be backward!
    Way back in 1960s,oneof my friends’ son, was a 1st rank student in the then PUC course ,from Mysore University, taking the right combination of subjects, needed for medical college entry. He was already sinned as a Brahmin, and could only get in to Mysore Medical College,as the very last entrant. He had to fight again to get into MS course , etc.etc.,and is now a good surgeon. Many of my friends, Brahmins, simply ,do not want their sons/daughters as doctors, given the almost impossible situation of getting in to a medical college, and do not want to fork out lakhs of Rupees to get a place in a private medical college.
    No wonder,, patients from Karnataka do not trust their so called specialists, and increasing number of them go to Singapore for medical treatment.

  6. Gautam says:

    @Prasanna
    Well said. The reservations were initially meant for SC/ST-the dalit categories given that they suffered for centuries.
    But Nehru had to yield to pressures CMs from states, all congress at that time, particularly from Karnataka, where excellent poets like DVG were resented, novelists like AnaKru and Tara su were despised because ,they belonged to the forward class of Brahmins.
    Kengal a Gowda, started this reservation malpractice classifying a few non-Brahmins as backward castes, then more more communities were added. This made Infosys Murthy to remark that only in India, every community wants to be backward!
    Way back in 1960s,oneof my friends’ son, was a 1st rank student in the then PUC course ,from Mysore University, taking the right combination of subjects, needed for medical college entry. He was already sinned as a Brahmin, and could only get in to Mysore Medical College,as the very last entrant. He had to fight again to get into MS course , etc.etc.,and is now a good surgeon. Many of my friends, Brahmins, simply ,do not want their sons/daughters as doctors, given the almost impossible situation of getting in to a medical college, and do not want to fork out lakhs of Rupees to get a place in a private medical college.
    No wonder,, patients from Karnataka do not trust their so called specialists, and increasing number of them go to Singapore for medical treatment. I have financed a few of my relatives to go there.

  7. Shantala says:

    This is a very sad story. I feel for his parents. One cannot even imagine the intense grief they have now.
    Your PM Modi has the blood in his hands. When there were talks going on, before the fortnight of the conflict, all Western countries warned their citizens to get ready for evacuation from Ukraine, and sent planes to get them back. Modi got back less than 25%of Indians-there were nearly 80000
    Indians, nearly half of them were Indian students in Khariv, a university town. Khariv was given warning by Russia to evacuate, but given the tight budgets the Indian students have, with their PM Modi letting down badly, they had no where else to go. There will be more tragic stories like this which will come out soon.
    Pm Modi,failed also to abolish casteism that bedeviled Indian institutions and society for decades. PM Modi and his BJP ( after Congress did it for decades) have indeed elevated casteism and communalism to a new level. Just look at how this CM Basavaraj Bommai was elected. The Lingayat Seers and Yedi, the RSS Cheddi wanted a Lingayat to become the new CM. Thus arose the mustached Lingayat a former student of the Lingayat BVB engineering college emerged as the CM. Bommai was not even interested in insisting to PM Modi, that Karnataka students should be sir
    lifted from Khariv.
    What is the purpose of independence in India, and elected leaders? For them ,the boasting of ancient culture is just a political slogan.

  8. Gautam says:

    Correction: It was 1980s, and not 1960s in my post above. Apologies.

  9. Gusto says:

    Very very sad that this student became a victim of Modi’s ineptitude. What is the purpose of boasting about multiple satellites put into orbit, if he cannot lift the students from Khariv like other countries did,like Australia for example, which does not send satellites up there!!
    Khariv is almost flattened by Russian missiles. There would be more tragic stories from this university city, where most Indian students go and study.
    Modi’s government abstained in the UN General Assembly , not condemning Russia put forward by a resolution, despite America warning it to take a clear stand. Even Israel voted to condemn Russia in the , although Israel PM Bennett is a close friend of Putin. PM Modi , after this war is over will be shunned by every Western country. Why would they want Indian IT techies and work visas for them, if they can get superior quality Ukraine IT techies and students too. India will see the heat in the coming months and years.

  10. Sambu says:

    Why blame the Government. When the students went to Ukraine for getting an unrecognized medical degree on their own with the knowledge of the winds of war anytime with Russia; they were not sponsored by govt ; why they could not get out in Jan/Feb on their own. Yes, on humanitarian grounds
    the Indian govt is evacuating on emergency basis from a ful fledged war zone an extremely difficult task.
    that too with the tax payers money? Ukraine has been voting against India on many issues in UN. They have supplied billions of military hardware to Pakistan against the interest of our country. National interest is supreme for any nation. EU and US are doing lip service to Ukraine while Ukraine wants to be with them? Russia is a major military power with nuclear weapons; if Ukraine had shown white flag in the first 2 days of war , they could have saved all the devastating destruction.We need to admire the tenacity and willpower to fight a major world power, but at what cost of causing a third world war. India needs the sprint of Ukraine in handling our national issues being together.The evacuation is being dealt as an emergency by the Indian government and let us pray for the safe recovery of all from Ukraine

  11. Mann Ki Baat, Bisi Bele Baat! says:

    @Sambu
    The West will see your PM Modi as a weakling cosying up to Putin.
    Pictures of him hugging Putin is shown over and over gain in the media here.
    Your country is corrupt, reservations based on caste and bribes.
    Putin is saying India should accept the territories occupied by Chinese is Chinese.
    No Indian degree is recognised, hence tets and other scores are needed.

  12. Captain Jack Sparrow says:

    When your stupid PM Modi is boasting about his friendship with Putin, Putin is striking deals with Pakistan, exporting wheat and has agreed to laying a huge pipeline to delivery gas to Pakistan. Pakistan, China, Russia and Afghanistan are together now.
    What a fool, your Modi is! Ke lost USA and Europe and now Putin is not interested.
    Kamala Harris is very angry with Modi! Oh, Dear.

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