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Silicon Valley Life: Winning, Losing – my intimate personal take

Us and Them For months I debated, dissuaded and deliberated on the US elections. Watched in awe, how this country went through the same rhetoric that marred the political scenario in India. Here in the Silicon Valley, we cater to a certain mindset of political correctness – much so, as we come from varied countries and cultures. We try to even it out by appreciating all that is new and unfamiliar – making them a part of our new life in a new land. Most of us, who live in the Valley, studied very hard all our lives, competed with ...
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Is America ‘Great Again’?

Donald Trump the President-elect was welcomed by President Barack Obama at the White House today who said about him to be ‘unfit’ for the role and was propelled to the office by those who Senator Hillary Clinton called ‘deplorable’. History is made in America again after electing the first black President Obama in 2008. This time not for the first woman President of America but for Trump, who became President without being part of the political establishment and without ever holding any public office. And, who said democracy is the collective voice of people? America is deeply divided as it is ...
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Has Huma Abedin become a liability for Hillary Clinton?

With just few days to go before the elections, the race for the Oval Office is getting more and more tight particularly after the recent email controversy. While political pundits and pollsters may be crunching numbers to determine which of the two candidates have the road towards the magic 270 electoral votes, what is significant to understand is that the fundamental nature of the electorate has not changed. United States of America today is lot more diverse and aligns with the ideals of the Democratic Party more than ever before. One just need to look at the numbers Obama was pulling through ...
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Louise Brown walks down King Street during a Black Lives Matter march, Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. The event honored the Emanuel AME Church shooting victims. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
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US Presidential Election & Indian Americans

Indian Americans generally heavily tilt towards the Democratic party. But this election is different. Many Indians in America think differently, and I’m one of them. So, the final debate is over. Now who should Indian Americans vote for and why? Let’s start with this news of Trump tops Twitter (a formidable medium) during third debate according to an independent website thehill.com: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/301907-trump-tops-twitter-during-third-debate Media Integrity is a lifeblood of any democracy. But if we follow The Hill, it’s clear how the so-called establishment has shattered its own integrity by shielding Clintons and unleashing witch hunt against Trump: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/media/301285-media-and-trump-bias-not-even-trying-to-hide-it-anymore. Confirmation bias can be powerful. ...
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Hindu Americans lead efforts to build political coalition of African Americans, Latinos and Chinese Americans

A day after US presidential nominee Donald J. Trump said in a New York event that he loves the Hindus and India, not far from New York, in Philadelphia another group of Hindus were silently scripting together a brand new political coalition. Led by Hindu activists Satya Dosapati, Arvind Kumar, African American activist Bruce Carter, it brought together for the first time Hindu, African, Chinese, Hispanic, Korean and Jewish Americans together under the banner of the “All American Rally for Trump”  spelling a new age of minority political activism in America. Among them they already represent a substantial voting population in US. ...
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US Elections: Indian-Americans are in the running

The question is – who will make the cut? The world is shockingly absorbing the US election debates where young children cannot participate! This is one of the lowest points of presidential debates in the US history. While US election fever climbing up a peak, with the Presidential debates the most-watched and the most-talked about events, here’s a look at how the Indian Americans are trying to remain in the forefront. In general, majority of Indian-Americans are supporters of the Democratic Party. However, during this election a large number of them have moved towards the Republican Party or may not vote at ...
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Houston Indians protest dastardly attack on soldiers at Uri

Houston, Texas. Houston’s residents came together on September 23 to condemn the dastardly attack on 18 Indian soldiers by armed terrorists near Uri in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.  Indian-American protesters assembled in front of the consulate of Pakistan and denounced it for sponsoring terror globally. The protesters stood under the hot Texan sun holding placards that displayed “Pakistan – Ivy League of Terrorism” and “Pakistan stop exporting terrorists”. They also shouted slogans for freeing Balochistan from the violent occupation of Pakistan. The protesters lauded the action of Congressman Ted Poe, the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, ...
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GIBV Meets in Boston for Bharat Vikas – All-round organic growth and development of villages and slums in India.

Boston, July 31, 2016 Global Indians for Bharat Vikas (GIBV)  – a non-profit international organization headquartered in the US had its 2nd annual board meeting and a community outreach program during the weekend of July 30-31 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newton, MA.  About a dozen board members from various states of USA attended the meeting along with another dozen from different parts of US and India via webinar. The board assessed current status and mapped out future plans during this meeting.  Gaurang Vaishnav, the Executive Vice President explained the role of the NRI volunteers in helping volunteers in India ...
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Harvard Medical Symposium on Integrative Medicine and Role of Yoga and Ayurveda

Boston, June 29, 2016 A one-day Symposium on Integrative Medicine and Role of Yoga and Ayurveda was convened by multiple organizations spearheaded by the Indo-American Health Initiatives at the Gordon Hall of Harvard School of Medicine, Boston. Experts in the field of research, and integrative practice of Yoga and Ayurveda came together to deliberate on the current status, challenges and future growth of Integrative medicine. Today the entire health and wellness industry faces challenges of access, rising cost, standardization and quality control. The purpose of this symposium was to address the solutions to these key issues by bringing in the ...
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