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Mahesh Chandra Bansal, oldest Indian-American in his time

Compiled by Sindya N. Bhanoo Email Compiled by Sindya N. Bhanoo
December 2015
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December 13, 1981 - Mahesh Chandra Bansal, thought to be one of the oldest Indian Americans in the United States at the time, dies in Los Angeles.

Bansal arrived in the United States from India in 1910 with his family at the age of 20. He studied at U.C. Berkeley and Stanford University, helped the Gadar Party with its efforts to free India from British rule, and fought for citizenship rights for Indians in the United States. He was also a founding member of the Los Angeles Gurudwara.

Sindya N. Bhanoo writes the Observatory column in the Science section of The New York Times. She is also a board member of South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA). This column’s material is from SAADA. https://www.saada.org/.

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