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

“Nonviolent, respectful protest was the essence of Gandhi’s life mission. To see the desecration of this magnificent statue only underscores the need for more people to study Gandhi’s teachings, not unilaterally erase him from the public discourse. This was a shameful act.”—Congressman Ro Khanna of California, issuing a statement after vandals toppled a Gandhi statue in Davis, California, on Jan. 26, sawing off the feet and half the head.





“I am not used to being complimented at this level for my work. I have had a lot of doubts about myself as an actor a lot of times in my life, and this kind of feedback makes me want to push myself even harder and to work on myself even more.”Adarsh Gourav, 26, who plays the lead role of Balram Halwai in the Netflix movie The White Tiger. (The Telegraph)









“I deeply regret and apologize for my language.”—Neera Tanden, nominated by President Joe Biden to lead the Office of Management and Budget, telling a Senate committee during confirmation hearings that she had deleted numerous tweets in which she had attacked Republican leaders and others.








“Where there is common pain, there can be common purpose. Take the time to reach out and understand a world view different from your own.”Nisha Anand, CEO of Dream Corps, a social justice nonprofit organization that helped launch The Reunited States, a documentary profiling Americans who are trying to bridge the political and racial divide. (India West)






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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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