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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
February 2021

“I am a patriot, a Republican. But this is not what America is about.”—Hemant Bhatt, founder of Indian Voices for Trump, who was among a group of Indian-Americans who attended a January 6 rally in Washington, D.C., to protest alleged election fraud, but later distanced himself from the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building. (India West)






“I can’t contain my rage at Donald Trump and Republicans who invited, incited, and fueled this terror. Our country and our democracy will have to recover from these deep wounds — and it won’t be easy.”—Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, tweeting soon after Trump supporters stormed into the Capitol Building, forcing her and other legislators to take cover.









“There is no relationship today between any two countries that is as important as the relationship between the U.S. and India. Neither of us can go it alone.”—Nisha D. Biswal, president of the U.S.-India Business Council, on the importance of maintaining close ties under the Biden Administration. (The New York Times)








“It was not at all inevitable. I think history will record that the failure to get testing right in America, and in many other places, turned what could have been a manageable health crisis into a global pandemic that has wiped out $28 trillion of economic value.”—Raj Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, which has committed $1 billion to help communities recover from the COVID pandemic. (The New York Times)





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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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