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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mayor Ravi Bhalla Meets Mayor Turner, Local Leaders, Sikh Community

Mayor Ravi Bhalla Meets Mayor Turner, Local Leaders, Sikh Community

PRESS RELEASE HOUSTON: Ravi Singh Bhalla, the Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, shared his uplifting life journey with a diverse audience of local business leaders, elected officials, and the Greater Houston Sikh community during a visit to the Bayou City this past weekend, April 20 and 21. Mayor Bhalla, a devout member of the Hoboken […]

Un-biased Analysis of India’s 2019 General Elections by Dr. Milan Vaishnav

Un-biased Analysis of India’s 2019 General Elections by Dr. Milan Vaishnav

HOUSTON: On March 30, 2019, members of Houston’s Indian community gathered at India House for a lecture on Indian politics and the upcoming general elections, organized by Foundation for India Studies. The lecture, presented by Dr. Milan Vaishnav, head of South Asian Studies at the Carnegie Institute for International Peace, Washington,D.C, and a former Houstonian, […]

Close in 2018, Sri Kulkarni to Campaign for 22nd District 2020 Race

Close in 2018, Sri Kulkarni to Campaign for 22nd District 2020 Race

BY PRAMOD KULKARNI SUGAR LAND – In 1964, George Bush Sr. ran for the US Congress in Texas District 7. Bush Sr. lost that race, but came back as the winner two years later. This historical nugget may be instructive for Sri Kulkarni, former Democratic nominee and United States Foreign Service Officer, who announced his […]

Sri Preston Kulkarni: Near Miss to Victory?

Sri Preston Kulkarni: Near Miss to Victory?

BY BHAMY V. SHENOY When Sri Preston Kulkarni decided to run last year for Texas 22nd Congressional District (Fort Bend County, Katy, Pearland, etc), many thought that he was too naive. Because it was a safe red district held once by former speaker Tom Delay and then by Pete Olson. No one thought he had […]

Sanjay Rambhadran Sworn in as Texas Lyceum President

Sanjay Rambhadran Sworn in as Texas Lyceum President

AUSTIN: Sanjay Rambhadran was sworn in as the Texas Lyceum’s 2019 President on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives at the Texas Capitol in Austin. The keynote remarks were made by Harris County Commissioner, Rodney Ellis, who is an alumnus of the Lyceum and had served 26 years as a Senator at the […]

IACCGH Power Dialogue with Rep. Pete Olson

IACCGH Power Dialogue with Rep. Pete Olson

HOUSTON: The Indo American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (IACCGH) continued its Power Dialogue series on Saturday, March 2 with the Board of Directors and select versatile group of business owners, professionals, and academicians at Aling’s Hakka with Congressman Pete Olson In his introductory remarks Executive Director Jagdip Ahluwalia explained the connection and the […]

Raj Salhotra, Son of Indian Immigrants, Announces Run for Houston City Council

Raj Salhotra, Son of Indian Immigrants, Announces Run for Houston City Council

BY POOJA SALHOTRA When I entered Chapman & Kirby on Wednesday evening, it felt like high school all over again. I didn’t recognize many people, and upon introducing myself to anyone in the room, I was met with the same reaction: wide eyes, a broad grin and immediate reverence. Similar to when I was a […]

Judge Sandill Meets YLDP Students

Judge Sandill Meets YLDP Students

By Tarini Kumar HOUSTON: On Saturday, April 7, the students of YLDP met with Honorable Judge Ravi Kumar Sandill at the Harris County Courthouse.  Judge Sandill is the only person of South Asian decent to hold a high-ranking public office in the state of Texas. Judge Sandill was born in Canada to immigrant parents from […]

Candidate Sri Kulkarni Shares His Platform at Rao’s Fundraiser

Candidate Sri Kulkarni Shares His Platform at Rao’s Fundraiser

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: Ever since he announced his candidacy for the District 22 Congressional seat, this Democratic contender, Sri Preston Kulkarni, has stolen the hearts and minds of many of the desi community. Not only is he a product of growing up in a tough Alief neighborhood, and later went to the University of […]

Sri Kulkarni Files for the Democratic Party Nomination, District 22 Seat, Which Covers Sugar Land, Pearland and Parts of Katy

Sri Kulkarni Files for the Democratic Party Nomination, District 22 Seat, Which Covers Sugar Land, Pearland and Parts of Katy

By Manu Shah HOUSTON: For the past year, Srinivas Preston Kulkarni, a diplomat in the US Foreign Service, was experiencing a nagging sense of unease. The rising anti-immigrant sentiment and the veiled justification of the white supremacy rally by the President troubled him, but the tipping point was the Republican Party’s support of Alabama’s Roy […]

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