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An Open Letter To Any Well-Wisher

An Open Letter To Any Well-Wisher

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Published by Mangesh Nanoti
Just some thoughts at Northeastern...
Just some thoughts at Northeastern...

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Published by: Mangesh Nanoti on Nov 12, 2012
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AN OPEN LETTER TO ANY WELLWISHER
My warmest ‘namaskaar*’ to you. After Obama’s reelection, I wrote a political op-ed piece. It was just a reflection on all that was seen and heard throughout the electionseason. I have followed the American political process very closely since long, (I have been following it since the days of the campaign for Republican Nomination. FunTimes.) It was just a reflection on what I saw happening. I saw everything right fromHerman Cain’s and Gingrich’s affairs, and Santorum’s surge to Obama’s ‘You didn’t build that.’, and the debates. I saw Sandra Fluke and the Voter-Id laws. I heard the buzzthat was setting the National tone for a better part of the year. It was a fascinating juxtaposition of the thought processes of the American Electorate and the Indian one. Ifelt that it was worth deliberating and commenting upon.I shared the article on Facebook, with a few of my American friends and with myroommate. All of the people who read it, (including me) felt that I should share it withmore people. I think it was because what they felt was the message of the article was,should at least be put out there. I think it is because in this open, democratic society, the political procedure obtains strength through discussion and debate. If not debate, I think there should at least be a conversation. From my observation of how societies haveworked, I feel any member of a society, be they born in that society and grown up as adenizen, or new members who have joined them later in hopes of becoming permanentmembers of that society, should have a voice. That is why, I believe that any/everyInternational student should have a voice in the University’s forum. I know that we are just guests, not Citizens. I know we do not enjoy all the same rights that you all enjoy, asAmerican Citizens, and I respect that. But I just want a voice; A possibility of beingheard. The role of International students has been instrumental in this institution’s andCountry’s history, not just in terms of being law-abiding citizens of this society, but alsoharbingers of prosperity in terms of their service to Leading American Technicalcompanies/institutions. The International students already form a dominant part of notonly just Northeastern’s Intellectual Throughput, but also of its Cultural Zeitgeist.When I mailed that article to the Student’s newspaper ‘The Huntington News’, whichclaims to be ‘The independent student newspaper of the Northeastern University’, itresponded by saying that it only accepts undergraduate students as news correspondentsand staff. I don’t care about names or titles. What I want to know is that will thisnewspaper, which claims to be the newspaper of the students, by the students, whichappears to have such awesome democratic structure will pay serious attention to mysubmissions. Whether I need to think twice before submitting my content, thinking aboutits apparent popularity or the lack of it which is determined based upon catering to thetastes of a certain demographic. I am NOT insinuating that this is how the Huntington News works. I just have never read an article written in it by an International Graduatestudent from the College of Engineering, or CCIS for that matter. This might be because

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