The Year of the (Brown) Woman

The Year of the (Brown) Woman

THE RISE OF INDIAN-AMERICAN WOMEN IN PUBLIC LIFE: Pramila Jayapal, a House Representative from Seattle, Washington has been described by Nancy Pelosi as “a rising star in the Democratic caucus.” Seema Nanda recently bagged the covetous title of CEO of the Democratic National Committee. These are just two faces of a rising crop of brown women in public life. As they make their way into the U.S. political and civic space, are we looking at some serious shattering of the glass ceiling in the times to come? Mona Das, seen striking the ‘Rosie the Riveter’ pose to symbolize the strength of Indian-American women in politics, as Senator-elect from Washington state’s 47th district, said “Despite an ongoing rhetoric, there are thousands of us proving every day to the world that America believes in diversity.” Here’s what Manka Dhingra, Padma Kuppa, Raj Goyle, Gautam Raghavan, Karen Leonard,and Deepa Iyer have to say! Read more »

Books: Jane Austen in Pakistan

A CONTEMPORARY PAKISTANI RENDERING OF PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: Atlantan Soniah Kamal’s Unmarriageable is a delightful, searching novel with a postmodern and postcolonial sensibility--and rave reviews. Read more »

IndiaScope: Whither India-U.S. Relations in the New Year?

The India-U.S. relationship is at an awkward and indecisive point. Trump-Modi bear hugs and hype about their personal chemistry have faded. 2019 begins with new realities and uncertainties. Read more »

Americana: "Americana"’s Last Mile

"There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth...not going all the way, and not starting."—Buddha. This is our last mile, and it has been terrific. My Friends, it has been an Honor. Thank you! Read more »

Seeing Through the Empty Promises of Republican Sound Bites

The glamour of aligning with rich, white Americans is tempting when the GOP brands Democrats as the Party of minorities on welfare. Indians in the Republican camp don’t realize the con job. Read more »

Letters from Readers

Letters to the editor: LGBTQs can draw strength from Feroza’s story / Is white racism, insecurity responsible for Trumpism? / Teaching boys and men to behave appropriately / Prejudices & racism Read more »

Social Security Gets Its Biggest Boost in Years

Social Security will soon give seniors their largest “raise” since 2012. Not every retiree will see their benefits grow 2.8% next year, but the average beneficiary will see a difference. Read more »

What Keeps Your HR Folks Up at Night

Be aware; avoid costly employment disputes in these areas: Overtime--The Exempt vs. Nonexempt Dilemma / Misclassification of Independent Contractors / Tracking Disability and Family Medical Leave. Read more »

Health: Are Wellness Fads Stressing You Out?

ARE WELLNESS FADS STRESSING YOU OUT? Choose simplicity: a nutrient-rich, planned diet, mindful eating, and an enjoyable fitness routine are the simple secrets of wellness and weight control. Read more »

Immigration News Briefs

H-1B employer registration proposal / Allocation of H-1B cap numbers / APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES & DATES FOR FILING VISA APPLICATIONS FOR January 2019 Read more »

Hillary Clinton shakes a leg with Shah Rukh, Aamir! Beyoncé enthralls

Prewedding festivities of Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani’s daughter Isha brought newlyweds Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas there. Hillary Clinton was on stage, and Beyoncé starred on the next evening. Read more »


Nineteen-year-old Amika George of London, England, was named to Teen Vogue’s “21 Under 21 class of 2018,” for her campaign for free sanitary products for girls eligible for free school meals. Read more »

More national, regional, and local honors

A Marshall Scholar, a "40 Under 40" of the National Association of Asian Pacifics in Politics and Public Affairs, a Boy Scouts' Regional honoree, a Technology Assoc. of GA award, and more. Read more »


As the year winds down, the holidays allow us to hit pause to relax, reflect, and remember. We offer an appreciation of some individuals who died in the first eleven months of 2018. Read more »

A Unifying Force

Suman Raghunathan, Exec. Dir. of SAALT, believes that all people, including immigrants, should be treated fairly and with dignity. She tells what we can do to help in this fraught moment. Read more »

How Much Does Luck Matter in Life?

How much of a role does luck play in life? Sadhguru looks at luck or “adrishtam,” as it is known in Indian languages, and explains why luck is only for those who have no vision. Read more »






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