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September 2021 -
Coming to America as a new immigrant might be only a slightly exciting experience for most of Indians. Not so when I came. Stepping out of the plane into the Atlanta airport in 1986 was a surreal experience.
July 2021 -
As much as Vividh Bharti loomed large in Indian households, we were a step ahead in the music game at our house.
June 2021 -
The unimaginable scale of human suffering that the second phase of Covid-19 is causing in India certainly makes it the gravest challenge faced by the country since its Independence.
April 2021 -
Stopping Anti-Asian Hate Crimes: To end the gut-wrenching hate and violence directed at Asian Americans, we have to address the root causes.
March 2021 -
Democracy: Precious but fragile: Autocrats are on the rise, and even the world’s largest democracies can be undermined if we are not vigilant.
February 2021 -
There are many young Indian-American girls who are now—thanks to the example set by Kamala Harris—emboldened to dream of one day becoming the president of this great nation. That’s a far cry from a couple decades back when young Indian-American kids, feeling alienated because of their names and their skin color, would not even dare to dream of belonging, let alone becoming leaders in an increasingly inclusive society.
October 2020 -
Nothing less than democracy, and our future, is at stake.
September 2020 -
For Indian-Americans, bicultural identity is an everyday reality. But while this cultural identity works to uphold our Indian traditions and values, we need to remember that when voting as American citizens for an American President, it is our moral and civic duty to vote based on which candidate will be best for America. Other considerations such as the bilateral relations between the two nations should only come in as secondary concerns.
August 2020 -
As Democrats and Republicans get ready for the final stretch of an unusual, pandemic-scarred election year, and Americans brace for an ugly campaign season, much of the world remains baffled by Trump.
July 2020 -
Systemic and structural racism continue to shackle Black lives, while police brutality against them has become epidemic. Genuine alignment with BLM, however, also requires courage to call out extremism in the movement.