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The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi – Part 5

The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi – Part 5

                        The story thus far…In South Africa, Gandhi saw how the Indians were treated as inferiors, only allowed to work the soil but not permitted to own land. Under the law enacted in the Orange Free State in 1888, Indians had been deprived of […]

Indian-American Adoptive Father of Sherin Mathews Sentenced to Life by Dallas Court

Indian-American Adoptive Father of Sherin Mathews Sentenced to Life by Dallas Court

DALLAS: Wesley Mathews, the Indian-American foster father accused of killing his 3-year-old daughter Sherin Mathews and dumping her body in a culvert in 2017, was sentenced to life by a Texas court judge on Wednesday, in a sensational case that attracted global attention. Mathews, 39, pleaded guilty Monday to a lesser charge of injury to […]

In Buzbee’s Houston, Diversity is More than Just a Buzzword, it’s an Opportunity

In Buzbee’s Houston,  Diversity is More than Just a Buzzword, it’s an Opportunity

BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA HOUSTON: The floor-to-ceiling glass windows of his 73rd-story office provide a spectacular and all-encompassing view of the city that he has come to love and admire. Behind the tall, Phillip Johnson designed, Gothic-spired brown skyscraper snakes the spaghetti bowl of the elevated I-45 freeway and just in front lies Jones Plaza and […]

SIMA & IAPAC Host Reception for Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

SIMA & IAPAC Host Reception for Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

HOUSTON: SIMA (Small Independent Motel Association of Houston) & IAPAC (Indo-American Political Action Committee of Greater Houston) hosted a reception for the Indo-American community of Greater Houston honoring the Mayor of Houston, Mr. Sylvester Turner. SIMA and IAPAC President Mr. Hasu Patel welcomed and introduced the Honorable Mayor Sylvester Turner. At a very well attended […]

A 6-year-old Girl from India Dies after Crossing the US-Mexico Border

A 6-year-old Girl from India Dies after Crossing the US-Mexico Border

HOUSTON: On the day she died, the little girl was thousands of miles away from the country where she was born. US Border Patrol agents found her remains this week in an area officials describe as “rugged desert wilderness,” 17 miles west of Lukeville, Arizona. In a statement Thursday, US Customs and Border Protection said […]

Justice Hegde Lauds Narendra Modi’s Win at FIS Distinguished Lecture

Justice Hegde Lauds Narendra Modi’s Win at FIS Distinguished Lecture

HOUSTON: India’s former Supreme Court Justice Santosh Hegde praised the reelection of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the recent general elections, saying it was perhaps more due to the personal popularity of Mr. Modi than necessarily the appeal of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Justice Hegde spoke at the Foundation for India Studies (FIS) Distinguished […]

US Ambassador to India Keynote at IACCGH 20th Anniversary Gala

US Ambassador to India Keynote at IACCGH 20th Anniversary Gala

  BY MANU SHAH HOUSTON: “In diplomacy, we often hear the adage that “countries have no eternal friends, only eternal interests.”  While this may generally be the case, I sincerely believe, based on my 20 years of experience working on U.S.-India relations, that the United States and India share both common interests and genuine friendship.”  U.S. Ambassador to India […]

Indologist Sees Modi’s Second Term Favorable to the Hindu Agenda

Indologist Sees Modi’s Second Term Favorable to the Hindu Agenda

HOUSTON: Indologist Dr. Koenraad Elst, who is the topmost Hindu Renaissance scholar in the world today, delivered a lecture on Saturday, June 1 in the afternoon titled ‘Hindu Agenda On Modi Time’ right after the election results came in from India at the Holiday Inn Westchase. Dr. Elst, Ph.D. is a Hindu Renaissance scholar from […]

Naushad Kermally is First Muslim to Win Sugar Land City Council Seat

Naushad Kermally is First Muslim to Win Sugar Land City Council Seat

BY POOJA SALHOTRA SUGAR LAND: With encouragement from his wife Narmin and support from his three children, Naushad Kermally decided six months ago to run for Sugar Land City Council. After an arduous journey involving dozens of volunteers, around the clock block-walking and non-stop phone banking, Kermally emerged victorious in the District 2 run-off election […]

Sri Kulkarni Campaign Kicks into High Gear with Group Meets

Sri Kulkarni Campaign Kicks into High Gear with Group Meets

BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA SUGAR LAND: It was hurriedly put together but even then about 30 people came out to meet the announced second-time candidate for Texas’ 22nd Congressional District held since 2009 by Republican Pete Olson. Sri Preston Kulkarni had made himself amply known to the Indian community during his run for office last year, […]

ER Nurse and Executive Naushad Kermally Seeks Sugar Land City Council Position in a Runoff

ER Nurse and Executive Naushad Kermally Seeks Sugar Land City Council Position in a Runoff

BY POOJA SALHOTRA SUGAR LAND: Since settling in Sugar Land 23 years ago, Naushad Kermally has done everything he could to learn about the community, from graduating from the Sugar Land 101 program, to serving on the city’s Ethics Review Board. All the while, he’s been working a full-time as the Executive Vice President of […]

Modi Victory in India Touches Off Celebrations Across Houston

Modi Victory in India Touches Off Celebrations Across Houston

BY SARITA MEHTA HOUSTON: The elections in India were a highly anticipated event for the local supporters of the incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party who had canvassed for him through calls to Indian voters through specially arranged phonebanks. When the final results came in on Thursday, May 23 showing the […]

South Asian Kermally, Mansoor in Historic Sugar Land Runoff

South Asian Kermally, Mansoor in Historic Sugar Land Runoff

BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA SUGAR LAND: The recent elections in Fort Bend County on May 4 draw a long slate of Asian Americans contending for seats on the FBISD Board and Sugar Land City Council. Mohammed “Jazz” Aijaz lost his bid to Steve Porter for the District 1 Sugar Land Council seat while Ashish Agarwal (receiving […]

Tagore’s Shanti Niketan is Reimagined in a Bayou City Setting

Tagore’s Shanti Niketan is Reimagined in a Bayou City Setting

BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA HOUSTON: It is a testament to the persuasive power of his philosophy of life and harmonious coexistence that Rabindranath Tagore is immortalized the world over in one manner or the other. In the Bayou City, his presence has been felt since 1974 when the Tagore Society of Houston was formed around the […]

Ambassador Shringla Gets Upclose View of Indian Presence in Texas

Ambassador Shringla Gets Upclose View of Indian Presence in Texas

HOUSTON: A state visit is usually reserved for heads of state. But Indian Ambassador to the United States Harsh Vardhan Shringla received a state visit to Texas during May 20-22 thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Dr. Anupam Ray, Counsul General of India in Houston and the entire consular staff. On Tuesday, the Shringla team […]

World Will Have to Recognize India’s Democratic Strength: PM Modi

World Will Have to Recognize India’s Democratic Strength: PM Modi

NEW DELHI: Heading towards a grand finale, the BJP, on Thursday, is poised to return to become the second political party in the Indian history to come back to power, even stronger this time. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has won in six seats and is leading in another 316 seats, with the UPA coalition […]

On the Relevance of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore in the New Millenium

On the Relevance of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore in the New Millenium

HOUSTON: Each year the world celebrates Rabindranath Tagore’s birthday in the month of May, with a vigor that speaks volumes about the famous son of India and the vision that he embodied. Question that automatically arises to the common mind is why do we celebrate such a personality? Psychologist Abraham Maslow says in his extended […]

More than 2,000 People Celebrate the Tradition of Iftar in Houston

More than 2,000 People Celebrate the Tradition of Iftar in Houston

 HOUSTON: For so many years now, Houstonians of all background come together to rejoice the tradition of Iftar here in this the fourth largest metropolis of USA. This event is organized by untiring group of volunteers, who are Muslims & Non-Muslims; Women & Men; Old & Young; Professionals & Businesspersons.”These were the words of Muhammad […]

BJP Member Starts Petition to Protest Time Report Calling Modi ‘India’s Divider in Chief’

BJP Member Starts Petition to Protest Time Report Calling Modi ‘India’s Divider in Chief’

NEW DELHI: A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office-bearer has started an online petition “to protest” against a Time magazine report which calls Prime Minister Narendra Modi “India’s divider in chief”. Ashwin Johar, a doctor-turned-politician and central committee member of Overseas Friends of Bharatiya Janta Party (OFBJP), the party’s foreign cell, started the online petition on […]

Tulsi Gabbard, First Hindu Presidential Candidate, in Houston

Tulsi Gabbard, First Hindu Presidential Candidate, in Houston

By Pooja Salhotra Houston: Service before self. That’s what Americans hope for in elected officials. Yet, we often are left with self-serving politicians who fail to address the challenges most Americans face – issues like affordable healthcare, access to quality education and a fair criminal justice system. But those issues were the subject of discussion […]

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