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  • Indian-Americans Pay A Price For Running Convenience Stores (Diaspora Feature)

    08/31/2014 8:55:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Silicon India News ^ | August 31, 2014
    Back in 2006, Joe Biden, then a Senate candidate ran into trouble for a remark that "you cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent." Gaffe-prone Biden got away by explaining that it wasn't a racial slur but "was meant as a compliment" for the "vibrant Indian-American community" making "a significant contribution to the national economy as well." A spin or not, Biden who went on become vice president in 2008, was speaking a home truth as according to the Asian-American Convenience Store Owners Association its 50,000 members own over 80,000 convenience...
  • Neel Kashkari Takes California Republican Governors Race

    06/04/2014 4:23:14 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 33 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | June 4, 2014 | Dignitas News Team
    Neel Kashkari provides Republicans with an excellent opportunity to take the Governors mansion. In California's Tuesday elections, Republican Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari outlasted a stiff challenge from Tim Donnelly to head into a November showdown against incumbent Jerry Brown. In other notable races, former NFL player Damon Dunn fell just short in his bid for the Long Beach Mayor's office, while contraception cover-girl Sandra Fluke appears to be heading a second place finish the 26th District State Assembly race, which will qualify her for Novembers general election. With nearly 99% of all precincts reporting, Kashkari held an apparently insurmountable...
  • Obama nominates 36-year-old Indian-American physician to be US surgeon general

    11/15/2013 7:04:41 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 41 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 11/15/2013 | Chidnand Rajghatta
    WASHINGTON: US President Obama on Thursday nominated Indian-American physician Vivek Murthy, who is only 36, to be surgeon general of the United States. The position, if confirmed by the Senate as required, will make Murthy the leading spokesperson on matters of public health in the US and the operational head of the 6500-strong US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, one of the seven uniformed services of the United States that includes army, navy, air force and marines.
  • Diwali 2013: Hindu Festival Of Lights Celebrated All Over The World

    11/02/2013 3:06:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    International Business Times ^ | November 02 2013 | Nadine DeNinno
    Diwali, the spectacular Hindu festival of lights known all over the world, will be celebrated on Sunday, Nov. 3. The five-day event begins on Sunday with traditional holiday staples like candles and oil lamps, called "diyas." Diwali, a contraction of the word "Deepavali" -- meaning row of lights in Sanskrit -- is often celebrated with food, dancing, parties and, of course, colorful lights hanging everywhere. Many HIndus celebrate with prayer to Sita and Rama, the goddess and god of wealth and prosperity. The festival symbolizes the victory of light over dark, good over evil and knowledge over darkness, and honors...
  • Why Miss America could never have been Miss India

    09/17/2013 6:59:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 127 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/16/2013 | Ethel C. Fenig
    There have been many ugly tweets and other nasty comments about the new Miss America, Syracuse, NY born and aspiring cardiologist Nina Davuluri. The former Miss New York is of Indian descent; many of the negative commenters thought she was Arab and/or Muslim. Not so incidentally there were also many positive tweets and comments. Paradoxically, according to Malika Rao writing in The Huffington Post, Davuluri would never have won a similar pageant in her parents' native India because she was too...dark. Yes, even in India, skin color is important--the lighter the better. But there was an unfortunate irony to the...
  • Miss America crowns 1st winner of Indian descent; racist tweets flow

    09/16/2013 5:59:27 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 108 replies
    CNN ^ | September 16, 2013 | Leslie Bentz
    (CNN) -- No sooner had the tiara been placed atop her head than a barrage of racist tweets flooded the Internet. "If you're #Miss America you should have to be American," said one. "WHEN WILL A WHITE WOMAN WIN #MISSAMERICA? Ever??!!" screamed another. Nina Davuluri is American. She just happens to be of Indian descent. In fact, she's the first Indian-American to be crowned Miss America. But the tweets that followed the 2014 pageant in Atlantic City on Sunday night didn't focus on how it's the second consecutive year that a Miss New York has taken the crown, or about...
  • Miss New York wins Miss America pageant

    09/16/2013 1:48:49 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 15, 2013
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Nina Davuluri became the first contestant of Indian heritage and the second consecutive contestant from New York to win the Miss America pageant Sunday night.
  • US elections 2012:Indian Americans help raise millions for Romney Campaign

    10/08/2012 7:20:53 PM PDT · by Rabin · 16 replies
    Samaylive ^ | 07 Oct | not listed
    WASHINGTON: Away from the public glare, prominent Indian Americans supporting Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney are believed to have raised between USD 15-20 million for his presidential campaign... The 'Indian American Coalition' (over 200 prominent Indian Americans) established in November 2011 has produced the desired results, Indian American supporters say, "Everyone has contributed funds, bundled money or held an event that has raised a minimum USD one million,... appalled by the incendiary anti-India rhetoric coming out of the Obama campaign with numerous ads attacking India for loss of American jobs... They are unanimously supporting Mitt Romney for President because...
  • Why do Indian Americans Support Obama?

    06/02/2012 10:00:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 120 replies
    An overwhelming 85% of Indian Americans support Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election, according to a poll conducted earlier this year. The results of the study, which were published in early May, also revealed that only 67% of Indian Americans polled voted for Obama in 2008. Mr. Obama’s life story seems to resonate better than Mitt Romney’s with many Indian Americans. In the study, which was conducted by Lake Research Partners, on the question of Obama vs. Romney, the ratio was a staggering 76 to 8 in favor of Mr. Obama. Mr. Obama has shown strong support for Indian...
  • Election of black conservatives signals 'awakening'

    11/04/2010 12:24:23 PM PDT · by CitizenM · 48 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | 11/04/2010 | Chris Woodward and Russ Jones
    With South Carolina's victory of the first 'Deep South' black Republican to Congress since Reconstruction, one conservative thinks it's evident that the tea party is not racist. Ron Miller, a conservative author, columnist, veteran and tea party member, says Tim Scott's election to Congress is "an impressive victory." "I think it's a great testimony to Americans' ability to evaluate people by the content of their character, rather than the color of their skin..." ----snip. In winning the election, Scott beat out....the son of late Senator Strom Thurmond and the son of former South Carolina Governor Carroll Campbell. ----snip"...they've demonstrated their...
  • Dinesh D'Souza Named President of The King's College in NYC

    09/11/2010 9:50:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    NEW YORK - The King's College has named former White House policy analyst and best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza as the school's new president. D'Souza previously served as John M. Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and the Robert and Karen Rishwain Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Located in the Empire State Building, The King's College is a Christian liberal arts college that educates students to bring firm Christian conviction and strong moral character to positions of leadership in the institutions of government, civil society, media, law, education, business, the arts and the church. The King's College...
  • George F. Will: As GOP diversifies, South Carolina is rising

    09/09/2010 3:25:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 9, 2010 | George F. Will
    The libretto of this operatic election season, understandably promoted by Democrats and unsurprisingly sung by many in the media, is that Republicans have sown the seeds of November disappointments by nominating candidates other than those the party's supposedly wiser establishment prefers. This theory is inconvenienced by two facts: South Carolina's Nikki Haley and Tim Scott. "I am a policy girl," Haley, 38, says demurely. But she is a savvy politician who in 2004 won a state legislature seat by defeating the longest-serving incumbent. Although the state's Republican establishment opposed her nomination for governor, she won because for two years she...
  • Record Number of Indian-Americans Seeking Offi

    06/19/2010 9:22:58 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 41 replies · 505+ views
    AP Report ^ | June 19, 2010 | JESSE WASHINGTON
    Record Number of Indian-Americans Seeking Office JESSE WASHINGTON Meet Reshma, Surya, Manan, Raj, Ami, Ravi, Nimrata and Kamala — a new wave of Indian-American politicians. At least eight children of Indian immigrants are running for Congress or statewide office, the most ever. The star of this trend is Nikki Haley, born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa, who is favored to win the election for governor of South Carolina. Indian heritage is where Haley's similarity with the other candidates seems to end. She is the only Republican, the only one who has been widely mistaken for a white woman, the only one who...
  • All Her Life, Nikki Haley Was the Different One

    06/14/2010 6:15:04 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 46 replies · 1,446+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 13, 2010 | SHAILA DEWAN and ROBBIE BROWN
    Nikki Haley, the favorite to become the first governor of South Carolina who is neither white nor male, has always challenged established norms with her own brand of moxie. As a girl, her parents — the first Indian immigrants this small, working-class town had ever seen — entered Nikki and her sister in the Little Miss Bamberg pageant. The judges of the contest, one that crowned one black queen and one white queen, were so flummoxed that they simply disqualified Nikki and her sister, Simran — but not before Nikki, about 5, sang “This Land Is Your Land.” Ms. Haley,...
  • Spelling bee winner part of Indian-American streak

    06/05/2010 4:57:13 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 46 replies · 1,047+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 5, 2010 | Lauren Sausser
    Shantanu Srivatsa and Anamika Veeramani sat nervously, side by side on stage. Once again, an Indian-American was going to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. It was just a matter of what word and what time on Friday. Shantanu, 13, an eighth-grader from West Fargo, N.D., stepped to the microphone first and couldn't spell "ochidore." Anamika — showing the cool demeanor she kept throughout — kept her hands behind her back and rattled off the correct letters for the medical term "stromuhr." She didn't crack a smile until the trophy was presented. "It was too surreal," she said. "It was...
  • Uninvited Couple Gets Past Secret Service And Attends White House State Dinner (Photos + Video)

    11/25/2009 6:57:23 PM PST · by Talkradio03 · 34 replies · 2,488+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 11/25/09 | talkradio03
    Univited couple get through Security last night at the White House and attend the White House State Dinner, not only that, they got their picture with Vice President Joe Biden, (Video from CNN + Photo with Biden)
  • Uninvited guests crash White House dinner: report

    11/25/2009 6:27:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 68 replies · 4,407+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/25/09 | JoAnne Allen
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Secret Service is investigating how an uninvited couple was admitted to U.S. President Barack Obama's White House state dinner, penetrating layers of security and mingling with VIP guests. The couple from northern Virginia was not invited to the dinner, not included on the official guest list, and were never seated at a table in the South Lawn tent where the dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was held, The Washington Post reported, citing a White House official it did not identify. A Secret Service spokesman told the Post that no one was under any risk...
  • VIPs hunger for invite to first Obama state dinner

    11/23/2009 1:51:14 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies · 704+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 23, 2009 | Katherine Skiba
    WASHINGTON - -- What's the hottest ticket in the nation's capital? An engraved invitation to Tuesday's White House State Dinner, the first hosted by President Barack Obama. He and the first lady will honor Manmohan Singh, India's prime minister -- in a big way, and in their way. In a departure from the most traditional venue, the elegant, high-ceilinged State Dining Room, the Obamas instead will gather with a few hundred VIPs in a huge, heated tent on the South Lawn. The guest list for the black-tie gala remains a closely guarded secret, so there's heavy speculation about who may...
  • Obama Lights White House Diwali Lamp

    10/16/2009 10:55:54 PM PDT · by SupplySider · 58 replies · 2,516+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/15/09 | Aseem Shukla
    The Dow Jones reached a significant milestone yesterday, and news outlets were abuzz with excitement. Olympia Snowe's vote for the Baucus bill was plenty fodder for the 24-hour news cycles. But, for Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists in the United States, an epochal event transpired at the White House afternoon that should not slip notice. Lead me from Untruth to Truth. Lead me from darkness to light. Lead me from death to immortality. (from the Brhadaranyaka Upanishad -- I.iii.28) As the ethereal sounds of a Hindu priest's chanting of this Sanskrit prayer from ancient Hindu scripture filled the East Room,...
  • Caption Obama celebrating Diwali

    10/14/2009 4:09:50 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 23 replies · 1,937+ views
    President Barack Obama, accompanied by Hindu Priest Sri Narayanachar Digalakote, uses a candle to light an oil lamp in observation of Diwali, or the 'Festival of Lights,' a holiday celebrated across faiths in India, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. U.S. President Barack Obama smiles after signing an Executive Order restoring the White House Advisory Commission and Interagency Working Group, and observing Diwali in the East Room of the White House in Washington, October 14, 2009.
  • Johnny Can't Add

    09/23/2009 5:05:46 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 18 replies · 1,631+ views
    Fred On Everything | July 28, 2003 | Fred Reed
    Maybe we need to wake up. The other day I went to the Web site of Bell Labs, one of the country's premier research outfits. I clicked at random on a research project, Programmable Networks for Tomorrow. The scientists working on the project were Gisli Hjalmstysson, Nikos Anerousis, Pawan Goyal, K. K. Ramakrishnan, Jennifer Rexford, Kobus Van der Merwe, and Sneha Kumar Kasera. Clicking again at random, this time on the Information Visualization Research Group, the research team turned out to be John Ellson, Emden Gansner, John Mocenigo, Stephen North, Jeffery Korn, Eleftherios Koutsofios, Bin Wei, Shankar Krishnan, and Suresh...
  • Coincidence or Providence? Exclusive: Steve Deace sees great significance in spelling bee's victory

    06/06/2009 5:40:52 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 6 replies · 832+ views
    It might have been just a coincidence, but if it was, it was an awfully eerie one. Last week, 13-year-old Kayva Shivashankar won the 2009 National Spelling Bee by spelling the word "Laodicean." That word left a lot of Americans befuddled. Typically, the vast majority of Americans that are products of our nation's collective calamity known as the government schools have no clue how to spell or define the words used at the National Spelling Bee. "Laodicean" is certainly no different. The uninformed mainstream media did its typical best to keep Americans as uninformed as they are. Most of those...
  • How to Win the Spelling Bee

    06/03/2009 5:48:17 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 26 replies · 959+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 3, 2009 | James Maguire
    I think I see a pattern here. When 13-year-old Kavya Shivashankar calmly spelled "Laodicean" this past Thursday to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee, she became the seventh Indian-American to take the title in the past 11 contests. As the Times of India boasted, at this point an Indian-American win at the Spelling Bee has "an air of inevitability." So Indian kids must have a natural advantage, right? Well actually, no. Consider the winner in 2004, David Tidmarsh, a fair-haired Midwestern boy whose ancestors never ventured anywhere near New Delhi. I spoke with David in between final rounds on the...
  • C-O-I-N-C-I-D-E-N-C-E? (Indian) Spellers United by Dreams (of becoming neurosurgeons)

    05/27/2009 6:07:58 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies · 1,093+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 26, 2009
    The reigning national spelling champion is a 14-year-old kid whose one-liners kept everyone laughing a year ago. His parents moved to the United States from central India, and he wants to be a neurosurgeon when he grows up. Last year's runner-up -- and one of this year's favorites at the Scripps National Spelling Bee -- is an all-business 13-year-old Indian-American boy from Michigan. He's also set his sights on neurosurgery. Another favorite expected to be onstage for Thursday night's nationally televised finals is a 13-year-old Kansas girl with a sweet smile and a last name that's a spelling challenge unto...
  • Obama names chief tech officer

    04/18/2009 2:15:34 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 44 replies · 884+ views
    Forbes ^ | 4/18/2009
    President Barack Obama on Saturday chose two Indian-Americans to help to streamline the federal government and cut costs. Obama named Aneesh Chopra, the Harvard-educated secretary of technology for the state of Virginia, as the federal government's first chief technology officer. Chopra, 36, will help reduce health care costs and foster cybersecurity. "In this role, Aneesh will promote technological innovation to help achieve our most urgent priorities - from creating jobs and reducing health care costs to keeping our nation secure," Obama said in his Saturday radio and Internet address. Chopra's corporate experience included working as managing director of the Advisory...
  • Nobody's Model Minority (Indo-Americans shouldn't be "actin' white"?)

    03/21/2009 6:29:08 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 6 replies · 572+ views
    The Root ^ | 16 March | Shiwani Shrivastave
    Recently Forbes ran a contentious article that slipped through the cracks without much commentary. The piece, written by Jason Richwine of the American Enterprise Institute, declared Indian Americans “The New Model Minority,” as if we were competing for the title in a pageant. Let’s clear this up once and for all. Being called a “model minority” is an unwelcome characterization that is damaging and tough to overcome. Why do you think the “old” model minorities—East Asian Americans—have struggled to shed the label since they were first saddled with it in the 1960s because of “their advanced educations and high earnings.”...
  • Lib Talker Malloy And a Racist Spoof: Jindal As Computer Tech from India

    02/27/2009 2:04:53 PM PST · by chuck_the_tv_out · 10 replies · 1,371+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | February 27, 2009 - 14:41 | Warner Todd Huston
    Our friends over at Radio Equalizer caught liberal radio talker Mike Malloy in a bit of hypocrisy. Malloy obviously thought his wife was a scream as she pretended to be Governor Bobby Jindal portraying him as an outsourced computer tech from India replete with cutsey faux Indian accent. Malloy's wife acted as if Jindal was the Simpson's character Apu, or something. Now, one cannot help but realize that if a conservative had indulged in such an outrageous parody of an ethnic politician, Mike Malloy would have eviscerated that action presenting it as a high crime. Yet, when he and his...
  • AUDIO: Left-Wing Radio Show Uses Mocking Impersonation of East Indian to Disparage Gov. Jindal

    02/26/2009 4:37:12 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies · 2,236+ views
    The Mike Malloy Show ^ | Feb. 26, 2009
    "Hello, my name is Bobby. How may I give you excellent customer service today? I hear you are having problems with hard drive. I am so very sorry this is happening to you, ma'am."
  • Chris Matthews: GOP 'Outsourced' Response to Indian-American Governor

    02/26/2009 4:39:24 AM PST · by Scanian · 50 replies · 3,441+ views
    Newsbusters.org ^ | February 25, 2009 | Mike Sargent
    “Oh, God,” why did he have to use that word? According to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, the GOP “outsourced” the Republican response to a young, successful Indian-American governor who “had nothing to do with Congress.” They had to outsource the response tonight, the Republican party. They had to outsource to someone who had nothing to do with Congress because the Republicans in Congress had nothing to do with the programs he was talking about tonight or the record he referred to. First of all, one might point out that Piyush “Bobby” Jindal was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives...
  • Obama Wants Journalist for Surgeon General[Sanjay Gupta M.D.]

    01/06/2009 11:52:26 AM PST · by BGHater · 197 replies · 4,381+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 06 Jan 2009 | Howard Kurtz
    President-elect Barack Obama has offered the job of surgeon general to Sanjay Gupta, the neurosurgeon and correspondent for CNN and CBS, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. Gupta has told administration officials that he wants the job, and the final vetting process is under way. He has asked for a few days to figure out the financial and logistical details of moving his family from Atlanta to Washington but is expected to accept the offer. When reached for comment today, Gupta did not deny the account but declined to comment. The offer followed a two-hour Chicago meeting...
  • Indian fundraiser emerges in Blagojevich probe

    12/12/2008 5:34:45 PM PST · by LA Woman3 · 13 replies · 576+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12/12/08 | ADAM GOLDMAN and RICHARD T. PIENCIAK,
    CHICAGO – A fundraiser held by Indian-American businessmen three days before Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on corruption charges emerged Friday as a potentially key event in the federal investigation into whether he tried to sell President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. Questions are being raised about last Saturday's event for Blagojevich because Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s brother, Jonathan, was among those attending. The Indian community has a long history of supporting the Jackson family's political aspirations, and the congressman has been clear about his interest in succeeding Obama. Rep. Jackson, however, flatly denied that he or his brother...
  • [Misleading title. Jindal was born in Louisiana] Golden chance for 'Indian-born' Jindal

    11/07/2008 12:26:51 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 42 replies · 2,525+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | Washington, November 06, 2008 | Pramit Pal Chaudhuri
    The Republican Party is in tatters. Over the next few years the party will have to rebuild itself and even select new faces in the coming decade. Among the top candidates for the job is the Indian-born governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal. “Jindal is going to be one of the big gainers from a full-scale Republican defeat,” said a key Indian-American political fund-raiser. The Republicans are roughly at the same stage in their history that the Democrats were at after the Ronald Reagan wave. What was notable about John McCain’s defeat was how many traditionally red states turned blue. Virginia,...
  • Obama win gives hope to Indian American politicians

    NEW YORK: Barack Obama's historic win in the presidential election opens the gates for Indian American politicians like Louisiana Governor Bobby Jin dal to enter the White House in future, the Indian community in the United States said as they congratulated Obama. Sending congratulatory messages to the president-elect, Indian American organisations and community leaders hoped that the Obama Administration in the White House would herald a new era of relationship between India and the US. "The last few years under the Bush administration has seen the ties between US and India grow ever stronger and that culminated in reaching the...
  • Two million American Hindus ‘would not endorse any presidential candidate’

    10/26/2008 6:34:40 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 22 replies · 765+ views
    Religious Intelligence.co.uk ^ | 26th October 2008 | Judy West
    American Hindus, numbering around two million, would not endorse any single candidate for the November four presidential election, it has been reported. The Indo-American Hindu leader Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that religion was something sacred and spiritual; a tool for communication with God; ‘human response to divine Reality’; and meant for focusing the heart/mind of the devotee to some higher ideal. It should not be associated with materialistic objectives like partisan politics.
  • India will be 'top priority' in my presidency: Barack Obama

    10/23/2008 1:41:22 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 752+ views
    A stronger relationship with India and a close strategic partnership will be a "top priority" of a Barack Obama administration, says the Democratic presidential candidate. "The US should be working with India on a range of critical issues from preventing terrorism to promoting peace and stability in Asia," Senator Obama said in an exclusive interview with IANS, the first with a South Asian journalist after his nomination for the presidency by the Democratic party. "Joe Biden and I will make building a stronger relationship, including a close strategic partnership, with India a top priority." On his agenda for working with...
  • The Case Against Joe Biden

    08/24/2008 3:52:31 PM PDT · by bilhosty · 28 replies · 134+ views
    washingtonpost. ^ | 08/14/08 | Chris Cilizza
    Over the course of his presidential bid, Biden cemented his reputation as -- how to put this nicely? -- less than disciplined on the campaign trail. In the summer of 2006, as he was publicly mulling the race, Biden set off a controversy over comments he made about Indian Americans. "I've had a great relationship [with Indian Americans]," Biden said. "In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking." On the day he formally announced his candidacy,...
  • 9/11 inspires Indian man to join US army

    06/04/2008 10:48:44 PM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 12 replies · 339+ views
    Rediff ^ | June 04, 2008 | Rediff
                   Sandeep Singh               June 04, 2008 The Department of Homeland Security last week showcased an India-born soldier, one of the six foreign-born members of the military, at a special naturalisation ceremony for new citizens of the United States.Ludhiana-born Sandeep Singh, 23, a soldier in the US Army's 3rd US Infantry Continental Color Guard Team, said he had "followed his desire to serve his adopted nation after the terrorist attacks of 9/11."He was among 26 men and women from 21 countries who were administered the Oath of Allegiance by...
  • Son of Indian immigrants a rising Republican star

    03/09/2008 3:05:41 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 30 replies · 1,427+ views
    afp.google.com ^ | 03/09/08 | AFP
    NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) — Somehow, being the first Indian-American and the youngest person ever elected to govern a US state wasn't enough. Within weeks of taking office, rising Republican star Piyush "Bobby" Jindal's name was thrown into the ring as a possible vice-presidential candidate by influential conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh. And some say the 36-year-old son of Punjabi immigrants could make a great president if he plays his cards right. A cowboy boot-wearing social conservative, Jindal built his political support among Christian conservatives and middle-class whites with his promises to cut taxes, tighten government spending and impose...
  • DNC Elects Three Indian Americans to Convention Committees {Muslim}

    02/01/2008 7:09:52 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 9 replies · 150+ views
    India West ^ | January 31, 2008 | RICHARD SPRINGER
    The executive committee of the Democratic National Committee has elected three Indian-Americans to the standing committees at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, convening Aug. 25-28 in Denver, Colo....Pakistan-born Iman Malik Mujahid, founder and president of Chicago-based Islamic teaching materials distributor Sound Vision Foundation, was named to the credentials committee, which coordinates selection of convention delegates and alternates. Sunita Leeds, co-chair of the Washington, D.C.-based education-oriented Enfranchisement Foundation, was named one of the three co-chairs of the rules committee...San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris and Smita Shah, ...were named to the platform committee... Mujahid is a Muslim leader, activist, film producer...
  • Indian Americans become conduit between PM, BJP

    10/29/2007 10:59:01 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 47+ views
    IANS ^ | October 28, 2007 | Devirupa Mitra
    A group of Indian American lobbyists came to New Delhi to learn more about the Indo-US nuclear deal, but ended up becoming a conduit between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). When the eight-member delegation met Manmohan Singh at his residence on Tuesday, they were not only told that the deal was still alive but the prime minister even asked them to carry a message to the BJP leaders. "He told us that as we were meeting BJP leaders, we should pass on a message. He asked us to tell them, 'Let's have an open debate...
  • Louisiana elects first nonwhite governor since Reconstruction

    10/21/2007 6:49:56 AM PDT · by avacado · 154 replies · 254+ views
    CNN Online ^ | October 21, 2007 | AP
    BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal became the nation's youngest governor and the first nonwhite to hold post in Louisiana since Reconstruction when he carried more than half the vote to defeat 11 opponents. Jindal, the Republican 36-year-old son of Indian immigrants, had 53 percent with 625,036 votes with about 92 percent of the vote tallied. It was more than enough to win Saturday's election outright and avoid a November 17 runoff. "My mom and dad came to this country in pursuit of the American dream. And guess what happened. They found the American Dream to be...
  • Hillary Clinton's Campaign Contributor Facing Tax Trouble

    09/09/2007 2:35:10 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 41 replies · 1,159+ views
    IndoLink ^ | 9/9/07 | By John Solomon and Matthew Mosk
    Sant S. Chatwal, an Indian American businessman, has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaigns, even as he battled governments on two continents to escape bankruptcy and millions of dollars in tax liens. The founder of the Bombay Palace restaurant chain, Chatwal is one of a growing number of fundraisers in the 2008 presidential campaign whose backgrounds have prompted questions about how much screening the candidates devote to their "bundlers" while they press to raise record amounts. Chatwal's case reached from his native India to New York City. The IRS pursued him for approximately...
  • Sant Chatwal courts controversy for helping Hillary (fundraiser background prompts questions)

    09/03/2007 2:38:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies · 851+ views
    New Kerala ^ | 9/03/07 | Arun Kumar
    Sant Chatwal courts controversy for helping Hillary By Arun Kumar, Washington, Sep 3 : Indian American businessman Sant Chatwal helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Hillary Clinton's campaigns even as he battled to escape bankruptcy and millions of dollars in tax liens, the Washington Post alleged Monday. The founder of the Bombay Palace restaurant chain, Chatwal is one of a growing number of fundraisers in the 2008 presidential campaign whose backgrounds have prompted questions about how much screening the candidates devote to their "bundlers" while they press to raise record amounts, the daily said. Chatwal's case reached from...
  • When Controversy Follows Cash

    09/03/2007 3:44:18 AM PDT · by Timeout · 3 replies · 649+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 3, 2007 | Solomon and Mosk
    Sant S. Chatwal, an Indian American businessman, has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaigns, even as he battled governments on two continents to escape bankruptcy and millions of dollars in tax liens.... Chatwal's case reached from his native India to New York City. The IRS pursued him for approximately $4 million...New York state placed a lien seeking more than $5 million in taxes. He forfeited a building to New York City on which he was delinquent on property taxes and was sued by federal regulators seeking to recoup millions of dollars in loans...
  • Hillary Clinton 'Truly Regrets' Gandhi Joke. Remarks Called Stereotypical, Racially Insensitive

    08/21/2007 6:17:55 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 48 replies · 1,712+ views
    CNN.com ^ | 1/7/2004 | Staff
    Sen Hillary Rodham Clinton apologized for joking that Mahatma Gandhi used to run a gas station in St. Louis, saying it was "a lame attempt at humor." ...The director of a U.S. center devoted to Gandhi's teachings called the remarks stereotypical and racially insensitive...
  • Buzz Cola and Sprinklicious Doughnuts: A Mecca for ‘Simpsons’ Fans

    07/29/2007 4:43:05 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 10 replies · 502+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 29, 2007 | ANTHONY RAMIREZ
    Joyce Dopkeen/The New York Times D. G. Sthar, a manager of the 7-Eleven on 42nd Street, and Yuka Sugahara, 22, of Emerson, N.J., with a cutout of Apu from “The Simpsons.” In Times Square, ...visitors to 345 West 42nd Street are reveling... In “The Simpsons,”...Kwik-E-Mart is a barely disguised 7-Eleven whose Indian owner changes the expiration dates on spoiled food, worships at a shrine for the elephant god Ganesha and is under constant siege by armed robbers. Far from shrinking from the image, 7-Eleven has embraced its inner Kwik-E-Mart... Andy Chaudhari (pronounced CHOW-dree), the 7-Eleven franchise owner on 42nd...
  • Hillary to woo Indian-Americans ("wealthy entrepreneurs with ties to India")

    07/07/2007 7:09:07 PM PDT · by BornInASmallTown · 24 replies · 581+ views
    NDTV.com ^ | July 7, 2007 | Associated Press
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is wooing wealthy entrepreneurs with ties to India, seeking to tap the growing political clout of Indian-Americans in California's Silicon Valley. Clinton spoke by live video feed from New Orleans to nearly 4,000 businessmen attending the annual alumni conference of the Indian Institute of Technology. Clinton, the only Republican or Democratic presidential candidate to accept an invitation from the IIT, reiterated her call for more H-1B work visas for highly educated immigrants. It is an issue of deep concern to the Indian and Indian-American executives and engineers in the audience. But she did not...
  • Tribal arrests at US reservation

    06/30/2007 7:20:33 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 7 replies · 488+ views
    BBC.com ^ | Friday, 29 June 2007 | staff writer
    Last Updated: Friday, 29 June 2007, 14:18 GMT 15:18 UK Tribal arrests at US reservation Duane Martin was wrestled to the ground Tribal police in South Dakota have arrested three Native Americans who set up a roadblock to keep alcohol out of an Indian reservation. Oglala Sioux police told the activists that they had no authority to stop and search cars at Pine Ridge reservation. The detained organisers - including one who allegedly carried a spear - were charged with disorderly conduct. The three said they wanted to enforce a ban on alcohol on the reservation, where alcoholism is said...
  • Hindu Prayer Will Open Senate Session in July

    06/26/2007 8:18:26 AM PDT · by RDTF · 119 replies · 2,701+ views
    CNS ^ | June 26, 2007 | Nathan Burchfiel
    For what is believed to be the first time in its history, the U.S. Senate will on July 12 be opened with a Hindu prayer, the Senate Chaplain's Office confirmed Monday. For more than 200 years, the Senate has opened each workday with a prayer usually delivered by the Senate Chaplain, currently Barry Black, a Seventh Day Adventist. It is common, however, for senators to recommend religious leaders from their home states to serve as guest chaplains. Rajan Zed, a Hindu chaplain from Nevada, on will become the first Hindu to deliver the morning prayer. In a statement announcing his...
  • COLOR-BARRED STUDENT SHUT OUT BY SCHOOL'S RACE QUOTA

    06/25/2007 7:27:12 AM PDT · by Maceman · 104 replies · 3,487+ views
    NY Post ^ | Junem25, 2007 | DAN MANGAN
    June 25, 2007 -- A Brooklyn mother and father got the shock of their lives when school officials informed them their brilliant 11-year-old girl was denied admission to an elite public school - solely because she's of Indian descent. "I feel bad because I would have gotten in if I was white," Nikita Rau lamented over her failed bid to attend the Mark Twain School, IS 239, in Coney Island, a magnet school for gifted students. It turns out Mark Twain - unlike all but one other city public school - admits students according to racial quotas established in 1974...