Parents denounce Indian government’s dismal failure to help students fleeing Ukraine and denounce smear campaign against them


Incidentally, Joshi’s remarks had also drawn a strong reaction from the grieving father of Naveen Shekharappa Gyanagowdar (21), who was killed in a Russian bombardment in Kharkiv, Ukraine on Tuesday.

“Naveen was a smart student who just couldn’t afford to study medicine in India and so went to Ukraine,” his father Shekharappa Gyanagoudar was quoted as saying by NDTV from his home in Chalageri, Karnataka.

“The donation is very high for those who want to study medicine here. Smart students will go abroad to study, and they spend a lesser amount compared to Karnataka. Here a student will have to pay in crores to get a medical seat under quota,” he added, pointing out that Naveen scored 97% on his school exams.

“No talented person should be born into a poor family. There is no value for talent in our country…no value for talent,” her mother Vikayalakshmi said tearfully.

Siddappa, a relative of Naveen, reportedly said that since the family had financial constraints, Ukraine was among the most viable options before the family.

“The family didn’t want to buy a management quota seat. But all the family members pooled money to send Naveen to Ukraine so he could pursue his dream of becoming a doctor,” he said.

It should be noted that, according to official information, only about 6,000 of the approximately 20,000 Indian students stranded in Ukraine have been brought back to the country so far.

“There were approximately 20,000 students/citizens stranded in Ukraine. Of these, 4,000 were brought back to India by February 24. A further 2,000 students were brought back to India till Tuesday and efforts are underway to evacuate the remaining Indians stuck there”. Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said on Wednesday while speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an event.

By the way, on Wednesday evening, the official Twitter account of the Indian Embassy in Ukraine tweeted a second notice, asking Indian students in Kharkiv to leave the city immediately, without offering any help. The embassy itself closed on Tuesday.

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