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Hindu Americans in Houston Celebrate a Decade of Advocacy

Hindu Americans in Houston  Celebrate a Decade of Advocacy

HOUSTON: Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA) joined over 200 Houstonians in celebrating the Hindu American Foundation’s (HAF) tenth anniversary of advocacy on Saturday, September 21 at the India House in Houston. The only Indian-American currently serving in Congress, Congressman Bera lauded the HAF for its important advocacy efforts on behalf of the community while urging the […]

India House Hosts Nikki Haley to a Roomful of Proud Admirers

India House Hosts Nikki Haley to a Roomful of Proud Admirers

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: This was the weekend, as sure as any sign of the electioneering season, when political candidates and elected officials seem to have flocked to the Bayou City to meet with community leaders, raise funds and speak their minds at eager audiences. California Congressman Ami Bera was in town for the Hindu […]

Ami Bera Gets Upfront and Personal Over a Sunday Brunch

Ami Bera Gets Upfront and Personal Over a Sunday Brunch

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: For someone who was elected to the US Congress just eight months ago, Dr. Ami Bera is surprisingly easy going and approachable. He put the over three dozen people who came to hear him at ease with his openness on issues, charming them with his easy delivery and smile. “I am […]

IAPAC, SIMA Fundraiser for Parker Draws Out Many Motel Owners

IAPAC, SIMA Fundraiser for Parker Draws Out Many Motel Owners

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: With election season coming into the final six-week stretch, the Indo American Political Action Committee and the Small Independent Motel Owner’s Association (which includes 175 motel owners, mostly Indian, across the city) held a fundraiser for Mayor Anisse Parker who is seeking re-election to her last term. Close to 100 people […]

Annual Convention in Tampa Concludes with Narendra Modi Reaching Out to Indian Diaspora

Annual Convention in Tampa Concludes with  Narendra Modi Reaching Out to Indian Diaspora

TAMPA, FL: Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP) USA convened an annual convention in Tampa, during Friday, September 20, and Saturday, September 21,  at local India Cultural Center (ICC). Smriti Irani, BJP national Vice President inaugurated the convention on Friday and presided over the women and youth forum along with co-panelist Prodyut Bora, national executive member […]

Obama Nominates Puneet Talwar to Key State Dept. Post

Obama Nominates Puneet Talwar to Key State Dept. Post

By Indiawest United States: President Barack Obama Sept. 10 nominated Puneet Talwar to the position of assistant secretary for political-military affairs in the State Department. He currently serves as special assistant to the president and senior director for Iran, Iraq and the Gulf States on the White House National Security Staff, a post he has held […]

Only what Sonia Gandhi wants happens in House: Sushma Swaraj

Only what Sonia Gandhi wants happens in House: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi: BJP leader Sushma Swaraj announced a “total breakdown” of the relationship between her party and the government, and said the BJP will not attend any meetings called by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar or Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath. At a press conference, Ms Swaraj said that the MPs who interrupted her speech in […]

Governors Over the Years: From Stalwarts to “Courtiers”

Governors Over the Years: From Stalwarts to “Courtiers”

Those were the good old days when the governors were men and women of letters and of unimpeachable integrity. Women like Sarojini Naidu, Vijayalakshmi Pandit and Padmaja Naidu performed their gubernatorial duties with much dignity. And great men like KM Munshi, Sir HP Mody, VV Giri, Sir Girja Shankar Bajpai, Dharam Vira and Govind Narain […]

Texas State Representative Meets with Indian Consul General and IAPAC Board

Texas State Representative Meets with Indian Consul General and IAPAC Board

HOUSTON: Texas State Representative and Chairwoman of House Maritime Sub-committee Mary Ann Perez met with Consul General of India Harish Parvathaneni and Indo-American Political Action President Sujeeth Draksharam and Board Member Karun Sreerama at the India Consular office on Friday, March 1, 2013. Representative Perez presented House Resolution 371 to the Consul General recognizing February […]

Indo-Americans Make Their Presence Felt at the Texas Legislature

Indo-Americans Make Their Presence Felt at the Texas Legislature

By Jawahar Malhotra AUSTIN: It was an idea whose time had come and was long overdue and this past week, just before Valentine’s Day, a group of 13 community activist from the Bayou City and its environs took to the highway to make a day trip to the Texas House of Representatives to make the […]

Jon Huntsman Honored in Houston

Jon Huntsman Honored in Houston

HOUSTON: Jon Huntsman, Jr., recipient of the 2012 Roy M. Huffington Award for Contributions to International Understanding, spoke about a changing China at the first annual Huffington Award Luncheon  on January 31 at 11:30am, at Hilton Americas – Houston. The adept politician, businessman, and diplomat, who served as the 16th Governor of Utah (2005–2009) and […]

BJP Faces Internal Turmoil as Gadkari Abdicates & Rajnath Singh Crowned

BJP Faces Internal Turmoil as Gadkari Abdicates & Rajnath Singh Crowned

  SOME unexpected and some expected developments over the last few days have left the BJP, India’s main opposition party, red faced. The reelection of Nitin Gadkari as its president for a second term tragically ended in miscarriage. No one, barring the father-son duo of Ram and Mahesh Jethmalani, had questioned, at least openly, Gadkari’s […]

With an Eye on Demographic Shifts to Asians, Ft Bend GOP Reaches Out

With an Eye on Demographic Shifts to Asians, Ft Bend GOP Reaches Out

By Jawahar Malhotra SUGAR LAND: In a belated acknowledgement of the growing strength in numbers of Asians in the county, local Republican leaders, led by Congressman Pete Olson of District 22 met with a packed room of local community members at Madras Pavilion restaurant off Highway 6 and US 59 this past Sunday, January 13. […]

Tulsi Gabbard Takes Oath on Bhagavad Gita

Tulsi Gabbard Takes Oath on Bhagavad Gita

WASHINGTON: Dr. Amerish B. ‘Ami’ Bera, 47, an Indian-American Democrat from California; and Tulsi Gabbard (31), the first Hindu ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and a Democrat from Hawaii, created history as they were sworn in as members of the 113th Congress. Bera, the son of immigrants from India, was raised in La Palma, […]

IAPAC Welcome Consul General P. Harish and Staff

IAPAC Welcome Consul General P. Harish and Staff

By Roy Joseph HOUSTON: On November 17, IAPAC  (Indo-American Political Action Committee) Board welcomed the  new Consul General, Honorable P. Harish, his wife Nandita, and his Staff for a meet and greet at the Mayuri Restaurant. Consul General P. Harish introduced his staff to IAPAC Board members and their family; he emphasized the importance of […]

A Victory Celebration for Democrats and Progressives Alike

A Victory Celebration for Democrats and Progressives Alike

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: It was billed as The Victory Celebration of President Obama but was more precisely a call to all Asians and minorities – and especially Indo-Americans – to get out in larger numbers to vote and not just write checks for campaigns. This past Sunday evening, November 18, a crowd of about […]

This Vivekananda from West Texas Ran for His Own Principles

This Vivekananda from West Texas  Ran for His Own Principles

  By Manu Shah HOUSTON: Scrolling down the list of candidates running in the recent statewide elections, one name – an recognizable famous Hindu name – jumped out of the rest: Vivekananda Wall who ran as a Libertarian for Railroad Commissioner. Curiously, it was a name that hadn’t been seen on any yard signs dotting […]

VHP Bharat President Visits Houston

VHP Bharat President Visits Houston

HOUSTON: Ashok Chowgule, VHP (Vishva Hindu Parishad) Bharat President (External) for international Hindu coordination and relationship build up visited Houston this past weekend as a part of his multi city visits across United States. During his two day visit, he met many key Hindu community leaders and activists based in Houston. He also visited prominent […]

How Texas State Rep Candidates Fared in the Election

How Texas State Rep Candidates Fared in the Election

America’s most expensive election finally comes to an end. President Barack Obama continues to occupy the White House after winning another four year term. Across the country, the results caused a wide range of emotions from dippy elation and jubilance to shock, dismay and disappointment. Months of campaigning paid off for some while others were […]

Tulsi Gabbard Wins US House Seat in Hawaii

Tulsi Gabbard Wins  US House Seat in Hawaii

HONOLULU (Bizjournals): Democrat Tulsi Gabbard won the race for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District Tuesday with an overwhelming lead over her Republican challenger. Gabbard had 168,466 votes, or 76.8 percent, while Republican Kawika Crowley had 40,697 votes, or 18.6 percent after the second release of results. She looks forward to taking her oath on the Bhagwad […]

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