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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
March 2018




“Our values are under attack by leaders that don’t share or understand our lived experiences, and it’s going to take new ideas and louder voices to make real change.”

– Suraj Patel, 34, president of Indiana-based hospitality company Sun Group, who is challenging Rep. Carolyn Maloney in New York’s 12th congressional district’s Democratic primary. (Politico)  








“I never thought of these Bollywood superstars from my childhood as Muslims. Suddenly the BJP’s right-wing supporters were targeting them as terrorists—they’re Muslims, so they’re terrorists. That’s when I started realizing, ‘Wow, my country’s changing for the worse.”

Sadhavi Khosla, a writer and activist who was once a vocal online supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (VICE News)









“Dreamers are Americans. We are your doctors, accountants, and now lawyers. We are also your gas station attendants and the people who make your coffee and dream of becoming doctors and lawyers, but cannot because of laws that prohibit us.”

– Indian-American attorney Parthiv Patel, who made history as the first undocumented immigrant to be admitted to the New Jersey Bar Association. (India West)









“Parading grieving parents on a national stage to further your racist narrative that illegal aliens are all criminals is disgusting.”

– Tweet from Aasif Mandvi, on the appearance during President Trump’s State of the Union of parents whose teenaged daughters had been killed by the MS-13 gang, which included members who had entered the country illegally as minors.









“Please don’t do it to anybody else. Don’t hurt anybody’s feelings. Let them work and enjoy their life.”

Gurpreet “Gary” Singh, owner of a gas station in Greenup County, Kentucky, that a vandal spray-painted with swastikas, “white power,” and hateful language. (WSAZ TV)






“As responsible actors, it is our duty to not indulge in sending out incorrect messages. We should not, in any way, endorse or promote the ideology of preferring one skin tone over another.”

– Actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who reportedly turned down a Rs. 15 crore deal to endorse a fairness cream. (mid-day.com)

Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
[Comments? Contributions? Please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]

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