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Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Has Elevated the Blindian Community

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Has Elevated the Blindian Community

Washington DC: Sharda Sekaran was raised by a single Black mom. She went to mostly Black schools as a child, in mostly Black neighborhoods. Looking at her, she says, some people assume she’s Black. But her name — Sharda — always gave her away. All her life, Sekaran has searched for other “Blindians” — people […]

Bhavesh Patel Joins Dallas Federal Reserve Bank Board

Bhavesh Patel Joins Dallas Federal Reserve Bank Board

Dallas: The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas has appointed Bob Patel to its Houston Branch board of directors for a term ending Dec. 31, 2023. Patel is CEO of Houston-based LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies with over 19,500 employees globally. He joined LyondellBasell in 2010 and became CEO in 2015.  […]

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Recognizes Leaders of the Indian Diaspora

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Recognizes Leaders of the Indian Diaspora

New Delhi: Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is celebrated once in every two years to strengthen the engagement of the overseas Indian community with the Government of India and reconnect them with their roots. The 16th PBD Convention was held virtually on 9 January, 2021 in New Delhi. The theme of 16th PBD Convention 2021 is “Contributing […]

Vanita Gupta Joins Biden Administration as Associate Attorney General

Vanita Gupta Joins Biden Administration as Associate Attorney General

Washington DC: President-elect Joe Biden is planning to name civil rights activist Vanita Gupta to be the associate attorney general, according to several media reports quoting unnamed sources close to him. The reports on Wednesday also said that he will name Merrick Garland, a federal appeals court judge, as the attorney general. Gupta had served […]

TIME Magazine’s First Ever “Kid of the Year”: Gitanjali Rao

TIME Magazine’s First Ever “Kid of the Year”: Gitanjali Rao

New York: Young Indian-American scientist Gitanjali Rao, TIME magazine’s first-ever ‘Kid of the Year’, has said she is brainstorming about solutions for the effective vaccine distribution to address a pressing challenge posed by the coronavirus, and has set her sights on preventing future pandemics. In an interview with PTI, the 15-year-old inventor said she was […]

Vertical Upward Integration in Punjab’s Farming Sector

Vertical Upward Integration in Punjab’s Farming Sector

By Bhupinder Singh First and foremost I would like to tell my farmers brothers/sisters that I understand and feel their concern regarding the agricultural reform bills that have been passed by the Indian Government. We can feel your anguish and understand what is fueling the protests. We hope that the outcome of ongoing discussions with […]

Sikhs Protest New Indian Agriculture Laws Outside the Indian Consulate in Houston

Sikhs Protest New Indian Agriculture Laws Outside the Indian Consulate in Houston

By Robert Downes Houston: Demonstrators, mostly from the Sikh community, gathered to protest against several farm laws that change India’s agricultural system. Sikhs in Houston are calling on the Indian government to end new agriculture laws that they say will cripple already meager profits for farmers in the country’s Punjab region. On Monday, a few […]

Pan IIT USA’s 2020 Global Summit Features Eminent Speakers

Pan IIT USA’s  2020 Global Summit Features Eminent Speakers

Houston: PanIIT USA, a volunteer run organization, hosted its first ever virtual global summit on December 4-5, 2020 – IIT2020: with the theme “The Future is now”. This mega global summit, had an elite global audience of 17000 over the 2 days. 275+  distinguished speakers; 5 unicorn founders, 40+ Venture Capitalists, 4 CXO’s from billionaire-fortune […]

How Did Asian-American Voters Fail?

How Did Asian-American Voters Fail?

As Diwali, the Festival of Light is being celebrated by the Southeast Asian community across the US and the world, this year’s festival is particularly special, with Mrs. Kamala Harris, a daughter of an Asian immigrant, becoming the first woman vice president of America. Many Asian families justifiably feel exhilarated by her success and what […]

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 […]

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 […]

Democracy First

Democracy First

By Lakshmy Parameswaran The United States of America – the model of democracy for the world – is at the precipice of becoming an autocratic state. The validity and certainty of the 2020 presidential election hang in the balance. President Trump claims that our ballot system is rigged, that is, if he loses the election. […]

A Year Later, County Honors its Fallen Hero Dhaliwal with Tollway Dedication

A Year Later, County Honors its Fallen Hero Dhaliwal with Tollway Dedication

By Jawahar Malhotra Houston: A year after Harris County Deputy Constable Sandeep Dhaliwal was senselessly murdered at a gas station during a routine traffic stop on September 27, 2019, the County Commissioners formally unveiled signs on both sides of the 5-mile stretch of the Sam Houston Tollroad Beltway 8 from West Gulf Bank to Fairbanks […]

Houston Chronicle Endorses Sri Kulkarni

Houston Chronicle Endorses Sri Kulkarni

Changing demographics and a narrow escape in the 2018 elections helped persuade longtime Republican Congressman Pete Olson not to run for reelection in U.S. House District 22 this year. The six-term incumbent’s departure sets up a showdown that mirrors the presidential race with Sri Preston Kulkarni representing the moderate approach of Democrat Joe Biden and […]

The Indo-American Voter in 2020

The Indo-American Voter in 2020

By Safiya Ghori-Ahmad and Fatima Salman In her acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, Senator Kamala Devi Harris (D-CA) put her Indian roots on full display. She spoke movingly about her Indian mother and gave a shout out to her “chittis” or, aunts in Tamil. Just a few days later at the Republican National […]

One of Our Own’s Covid-19 Journey from Ventilator to Back Home

One of Our Own’s Covid-19 Journey from Ventilator to Back Home

By Lisa Grey Houston: In early March, Susham “Rita” Singh, then 65, took time off from selling appliances at the Galleria-area Home Depot. Her husband and her daughter — a doctor — yelled at her, warning her against flying to India for her annual visit with her mom. This new coronavirus was wreaking havoc in […]

Community Honors Deputy Dhaliwal One Year after Death

Community Honors Deputy Dhaliwal One Year after Death

Houston: A year ago, Harris County deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal was killed in the line of duty. The community he served vowed never to forget the beloved officer. Many showed up for a processional near his memorial on Sunday, where they remembered his life and honored his legacy. People from all backgrounds came to pay tribute […]

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