Notes From Hairenik
This afternoon an Indian student fell from the six floor of a building—presumably a dormitory—and died shortly thereafter. Fellow students rushed to contact Emergency but they failed to show up until 45 minutes after they were called. No one from Emergency services took responsibility for failing to arrive sooner and attempt to save the kid’s life. Hundreds of Indian students then took to the streets in an organized effort and marched through central Yerevan, specifically down Abovyan Street and through Republic Square. Apparently some students had already collected near the National Assembly building, towards which the students marching along Abovyan Street were presumably heading. I stopped one student who told me what had happened. I know that the majority of students from other countries live in the university dormitories located in the Zeitun district.

The problem is in my opinion it may have little to do with the fact that the student was Indian. Apathy and a general lack of urgency are mostly to blame here. If the student was Armenian I do not think Emergency services would have responded sooner. In fact, probably much later.

Thousands of students from India as well as other countries, such as China and Iran, study at Yerevan State University and have been for years now. Tuition fees in some situations are cheaper, admissions are less competitive, and technically students are studying abroad. Yerevan with its many academic institutions provides an ideal environment for studying.

But I must say that failing to provide services on time to someone who is indeed dying is unacceptable. It doesn’t matter who the person is or where he or she is from. I deal with the Armenian “to hell with it” and “it’s not my fault” attitudes on a daily basis here and it is infuriating. In this case it is utterly revolting.

Onnik Krikorian will undoubtedly be printing photos of the protests very soon on his blog. I will post some of them here as well.

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7 Comments:
Blogger anantha said...
do we know who the student was?

Anonymous Onnik Krikorian said...
It was more than just the ambulance being late. Apparently the police prevented students from administering medical assistance (and remember that these guys are medical students) and the new Dean of their University actually physically showed them "the finger" and insulted them.

Just left a private meeting between the students, Tigran Torosian and the Indian Ambassador at college. No journalists allowed and I was actually the only one in attendance that meant me. Nanyaar will be blogging about this later at http://nanyaar.wordpress.com

I'll be posting an update and more pics later.

Anonymous Onnik Krikorian said...
sorry, "Dean" should have read "Rector" in my comment.

Blogger Christian Garbis said...
His name was Sandi Anchali, according to an A1+ news report.

See http://www.a1plus.am/en/?page=issue&id=38038

Blogger Christian Garbis said...
A1+ Plus was wrong--I should have known better than to quote them.

The student's name was Prashant Valecha, according to RFE/RL-Armenia Liberty, one of if not the most reliable news sources in Armenia.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
hey the students name is prashant anchalia and not valecha.....

Anonymous Asim Bayanwala said...
Here this I write from India, from Home town of Prashant Anchalia, A town Named Siliguri in the state of West Bengal in India.

Yesterday, I went to attend the funeral & cremation of this boy.

Think of the parents who lost their promising son and are struck by grief.

I have gone through the numerous blogs in this matter. The derogatory comments by the Aremenian Dean/Rector regarding Indians has hurt our national pride and I take this opportunity to STRONGLY PROTEST THE ACTIONS OF THE ARMENIAN AUTHORITIES FOR THEIR HIGH HANDEDNESS.

The aremenians should think that they are just a breakaway country from the earstwhile USSR and hold no place in the world economically.
Indian or foreign students studying in their Academies are contributing a valuable addition of foreign exchange.

IF SUCH INCIDENTS DO HAPPEN AGAIN AND AGAIN NO PARENT WILL BE WILLING TO SPEND HIS HARD EARNED DOLLARS IN ARMENIA. IF THIS IS THE KIND OF SERVICE THEY PROVIDE THEN LET THEM BE STARVED FOR MONEY. NO TOURIST WOULD LIKE TO VISIT ARMENIA IF THIS IS THEIR WAY.

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