Meet Rahul Dubey, Who Featured in Times Heroes of 2020

American of Indian origin Rahul Dubey has become one of the most searched celebrities on the internet today. Entire world is praising him. During the recent protests in the US against racism, Rahul gave place to more than 70 people in his home. For his love for humanity, the world’s prestigious Time magazine has included Rahul Dubey in the list of ‘Heroes of 2020’.

Each year Time magazine publishes the list of those who show courage to do their duty. Time wrote about Dubey, “the man who gave people shelter in times of need.” Rahul, 46, works in the health sector. Later, he said that he did not do anything great but it was a step taken by instinctive human nature in times of crisis. He also admitted in an interaction with an Indian newspaper that he too suffered from racial discrimination in America.

He says, he is still angry about racism and class discrimination and that these problems are man-made. They can be eradicated. Raised in the suburban area of Detroit, US, Rahul is a first-generation Indian American and hails from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. His father immigrated to the US in the late 1960s and began his career in the automotive industry.

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It has been almost 20 years since Rahul visited his ancestral village home in Uttar Pradesh. After his grandparents’ demise, his contact with relatives living here has been reduced. Rahul however, keeps himself aware of the geopolitical changes happening in India. But he is not interested in Indian politics. Rahul says that trust and love of man is the biggest law of the world. Rahul has a 13-year-old son and he also wants to help people by taking inspiration from his father. He wants to become a good person who fights for his rights as well as the rights of others.

Rahul, who has been living in the US for 17 years, runs a health care innovation company. He graduated in business and international politics from the University of Michigan. After this story of his generosity and love for humanity, people from all over the world are sending messages on social media platforms praising him.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi also praised him and wrote, ‘Thank you Rahul for opening the door to your home and your heart for the weak and downtrodden.’

After the murder of African American George Floyd in the US on June 1, protesters took over the streets of Washington DC. Dubey was then at his 1,500-square-foot three-storey house on Swan Street. His house is not far from the White House. The police imposed curfew around 7 pm. He then realized that the mob was still on the road and the police had prepared to arrest them by erecting barricades. Not only this, the police was also spraying pepper spray on the protesters.

Rahul opened the door of his house, and shouted to asked the people to come in and the entire rally swung to take shelter in his three-storey house. At that time, he was alone in the house. His 13-year-old

son had gone out somewhere. There were people all around his house, who were coughing due to the effect of tear gas bullets, rubbing their eyes, moving around in an injured condition.

34-year-old Allison Lane, a bar tender who took refuge in his house, later told that Rahul was very calm and made full arrangements for the living of all people. A 16-year-old boy was also among the asylum seekers. Rahul gave him ice cream and asked him not to worry. People were sitting around in his house, even in the bathtub.

Rahul not only gave shelter to about 70 such people in his house but also made arrangements for food and drinks for them. Somehow, he even ordered pizza for them. His neighbours also helped him.

All these people were of different ages, and Rahul did not care about their colour, religion or race before helping them. One of his Indian-American neighbours in Washington DC says that Rahul is willing to lay down his life for others and has always stood up for what is right.