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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
April 2023
QUOTA of QUOTES “This was a win centuries in the making and it was really the fruition of many years of organizing in Seattle across racial and gender and worker lines. It’s also proof that the South Asian community wants to heal from caste.” —Thenmozhi Soundararajan, executive director of the Dalit advocacy organization Equality Labs, on Seattle becoming the first U.S. city to pass a law prohibiting caste discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and other arenas. (CNN)









“This means that you believe in merit, that you get ahead in this country, not on the color of your skin, but on the content of your character and your contributions.”—Republican presidential candidate and biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, telling attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C., that he will get rid of affirmative action if he’s elected president.







“I want the marginalized community to be able to say, ‘We have our own media, we report on all kinds of stories and we raise issues that haven’t been raised until today.’”— Dalit journalist Meena Kotwal, founder of The Mooknayak, an online news outlet that covers marginalized groups in India. (The New York Times)








“There are a lot of political pundits who want to talk about this race. I can tell you some things I know are facts. The polls that you see today, will not be the polls you see a year from now. They will be different.”—Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley, expressing optimism that she will catch up with front-runners Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis before next year’s primaries. (KMTV, Nebraska)





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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

[Comments? Contributions? We would love to hear from you about Chai Time. If you have contributions, please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]

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