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All Indian American Congress Representatives Re-elected

All Indian American Congress Representatives Re-elected

Washington DC: Even as the world awaits the results of the US presidential elections, Indian-Americans have some reason to celebrate. The “Samosa Caucus” comprising five Indian-American Democratic lawmakers—Raja Krishnamoorthi from Illinois, Ami Bera and Ro Khanna from California, Pramila Jayapal from Washington, and Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris—have had a promising run in the elections. […]

Republican Red Tide Upsets Sri Preston Kulkarni’s Bid for TX-22

Republican Red Tide Upsets Sri Preston Kulkarni’s Bid for TX-22

Houston: Sri Preston Kulkarni’s second attempt to win the TX-22 Congressional District was swept away by an unexpected Red Republican tide. Kulkarni lost to former Sherif Troy Nels by a 44.6% to 51.6%. Democrats in the local Indo-American community put their hearts and souls to help Kulkarni through multilingual phone banking, poll canvassing and literature […]

Biden-Harris Declare Victory after Surpassing Electoral College Threshhold

Biden-Harris Declare Victory after Surpassing Electoral College Threshhold

Washington DC (CNN): Joe Biden is US President-elect. winning on a message of unity and a pledge to restore the “soul of the nation” after four years of tumult under President Donald Trump. Biden rebuilt the “blue wall” of Great Lakes states where Trump had won four years earlier. He also delivered Democrats’ strongest performance […]

Who is Sri Preston Kulkarni? An Upclose and Personal Viewpoint

Who is Sri Preston Kulkarni? An Upclose and Personal Viewpoint

By Padma Srinivasan Sugar Land: One evening in early 2018, people were walking in to hear Beto O’Rourke speak at a Town Hall meeting in Sugar Land. I noticed a lone person standing outside handing out business cards telling people that he was running for Congress in Congressional District 22, Fort Bend County to unseat […]

Throughout Life, Dr. Madan Luthra Focuses on Practicing Conscientious Karma

Throughout Life, Dr. Madan Luthra Focuses on Practicing Conscientious Karma

By Manu Shah Houston: In 2017, Dr. Madan Luthra retired from a long and successful career in Biomedical Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center (UTMDACC), Houston, only to move to the frontlines of community service. He volunteers as a core lead in the Case Management division of the Family Services program of Sewa International, a […]

2020 Presidential Election: Debate on Hindu-American Issues

2020 Presidential Election: Debate on Hindu-American Issues

San Francisco:  A coalition of Hindu American organizations joined hands to conduct a first of its kind debate to discuss issues relevant to the Hindu American community in the upcoming presidential election.  On Sunday, October 18, 2020, six Hindu Americans, split evenly between the two presidential candidates, met virtually to debate topics as they related […]

Mira Nair-directed Vikram Seth’s “A Suitable Boy” to Stream on Netflix

Mira Nair-directed Vikram Seth’s “A Suitable Boy” to Stream on Netflix

Published in 1993, Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy runs for almost 1,500 pages and is deemed as one of the longest novels. Seth’s densely populated world has been adapted into a six-episode series by Mira Nair which will stream on Netflix starting October 23. And before you start watching, here’s a primer on what the […]

India Allowing Entry of OCI/PIO Holders

India Allowing Entry of OCI/PIO Holders

New Delhi: The Home Ministry on Thursday further liberalised the visa restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic by allowing entry to all foreigners except tourists. Besides, the government has also allowed all Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card holders and all other foreign nationals to visit India. Following the […]

Durga Puja at Vedanta Society of Greater Houston Streamed Online

Durga Puja at Vedanta Society of Greater Houston Streamed Online

By Sanchali Basu Houston: As the saying goes, “One has to change and keep up with the times,” Durga Puja at the Vedanta Society of Greater Houston (VSGH) also had to evolve with the times. In this unprecedented year of the COVID pandemic, only volunteers who were directly involved with the Puja were allowed inside […]

HGH Seeks Apology from Emgage

HGH Seeks Apology from Emgage

To: Wa’el Alzayat, CEO of National Emgage Foundation, Inc.  Reference: Protest against Activities of Emgage in Texas District 22 We write in protest of your recent announcement of non-endorsement in the Texas Congressional District 22 race. We are unconcerned about who you choose to endorse; rather, we are shocked at the language used in describing […]

Hindu Groups Offended by Caricature of Kamala as Durga

Hindu Groups Offended by Caricature of Kamala as Durga

Houston: Hindu groups in the US have sought an apology from the niece of Senator Kamala Harris for tweeting an ‘offensive’ image, which depicted the Democratic vice presidential nominee as goddess Durga. The tweet has now been deleted by Meena Harris, 35, who is a lawyer, a children’s book author and the founder of the […]

Teen’s Covid-19 Project Wins $25K 3M Challenge

Teen’s Covid-19 Project Wins $25K 3M Challenge

Frisco, Texas: A 14-year-old Indian-American girl has won a $25,000 young scientist challenge for a discovery that could provide a potential treatment for Covid-19. Anika Chebrolu, an eighth grader from Nelson Middle School in Frisco, has won the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, regarded as the US’ premier middle school science competition, for her work using […]

HC4A’s Harish Kotecha Receives National Award

HC4A’s Harish Kotecha Receives National Award

Austin: Founder and President of Hindu Charities for America (HC4A), Mr. Harish Kotecha, has been awarded the Sandra Neese Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) for the 32nd Annual Conference. Sandra Neese Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to honor people who have tirelessly worked […]

“Evil Eye”: Where’s the Horror?

“Evil Eye”: Where’s the Horror?

“Ginny Weds Sunny”: Pallid Writing Spoils the Fun

“Ginny Weds Sunny”: Pallid Writing Spoils the Fun

Mystery Murder Story Set in Colonial Bombay

Mystery Murder Story Set in Colonial Bombay

Set in 1892, Murder in Old Bombay addresses issues prevalent at the turn of the 20th century which are very present today: discrimination against those who do not belong to our ‘in’ group, misogyny, inequality in attitudes toward women. It’s also a heart-felt appeal to the (tiny) Zoroastrian community to update our social norms–or face […]

A Zoom Tribute to Raj Syal: Iconic Leader of Houston’s Hindu Community

A Zoom Tribute to Raj Syal: Iconic Leader of Houston’s Hindu Community

By Jawahar Malhotra Houston: The response to the Zoom call to pay tributes to a local pioneer who preferred to stay in the shadows, Raj Kumar Syal, was expected to be huge and so it was opened up to as many people as possible. At its peak, 150 different callers had joined in, most with […]

UH Professor’s Covid-19 Nasal Vaccine

UH Professor’s Covid-19 Nasal Vaccine

Houston: The University of Houston has entered into an exclusive license option agreement with AuraVax Therapeutics Inc., a Houston, TX based biotech company developing novel vaccines to help patients defeat debilitating respiratory diseases such as COVID-19. Under terms of the agreement, AuraVax has the option to exclusively license a new intranasal COVID-19 vaccine technology developed […]

VFS Global: New Indian Visa Service Provider in US

VFS Global: New Indian Visa Service Provider in US

Houston: The Indian Consulate in Houston issued the following news release: 1. The existing service center of Cox & Kings Global Services (CKGS) located at  1001 Texas Avenue, Houston TX 77002 for providing outsourcing services for Visa, OCI, Renunciation, Passport and Global Entry Program (GEP) (Website: in.ckgs.us) will shut down its operations at close of […]

Early Voting Begins for the Soul of the Nation

Early Voting Begins for the Soul of the Nation

Houston: Voters in Harris County set another early-voting record Wednesday. This time for turnout on the second day of early voting. According to a tweet from the Harris County Clerk’s Office, there had been 100,000 ballots cast by about 5:20 p.m. That shattered the previous day-two-early-voting record of 73,542 set in 2016. This marks the […]