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




“That American Dream we had is slipping away. I can see it slipping. We were taught that if you work hard and help your neighbors, opportunity will be endless for you. I don’t think that is the case anymore.”

– Yogesh Chawla, a data scientist who was elected on April 3 to the Board of Supervisors in Dane County, Wisconsin, representing the east side of Madison and the town of Blooming Grove. (Madison365.com)  







“I thought it was a dumb idea at first. YouTube videos were cats playing piano.”

Salman Khan of Khan Academy, recipient of The San Francisco Chronicle’s Visionary of the Year Award for 2018, who began posting educational videos on YouTube more than a decade ago and now has more than 62 million registered users in nearly 200 countries. (San Francisco Chronicle)









“No one should be stuck waiting more than 10 years for a green card. … Indians are being held hostage by our broken immigration system.”

– Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor of immigration law at Cornell Law School. (New York Times)






“I had no identity in this country. I got it, and now they want to take it away from me.”

Heta Madlani, who spent two years as a mid-level staffer in the White House before returning to acting and starring in A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas of Parsippany, New Jersey, who has worked since 2015 as a case manager for the state’s 211 help line, but could lose her job if the Trump Administration carries out its plan to rescind an Obama-era program that provided employment authorization to spouses of H-1B visa holders who were waiting for green cards. (New York Times)





“We can protect the Second Amendment, and also pass common sense gun legislation—that is possible. I believe 90 percent of Americans and the majority of people in this district feel that way.”

Suneel Gupta, brother of CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, who is running for Congress from Michigan’s 11th Congressional District. (MichiganRadio.org)






“Our kids deserve a curriculum that teaches students about LGBTQ issues. Too many children face bullying because of who they are.”

– Shailaja Dixit, who was among a group of Indian and Pakistani parents who attended a recent school board meeting in Fremont, California, to demand comprehensive science- based sexual health education. (The Aerogram)

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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