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Indian Americans hail election results, seek good governance

Dec 17 2013, 5:14am CST | by

Chicago, Dec 17 (IANS) Indian American groups have taken keen interest in the recent Indian state elections with a large number of them seeing the defeat of the Congress as a chance to root out the endemic corruption in the country and restore good governance.

Chicago, Dec 17 — Indian American groups have taken keen interest in the recent Indian state elections with a large number of them seeing the defeat of the Congress as a chance to root out the...

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Indian Americans hail election results, seek good governance

Dec 17 2013, 5:14am CST | by

Chicago, Dec 17 (IANS) Indian American groups have taken keen interest in the recent Indian state elections with a large number of them seeing the defeat of the Congress as a chance to root out the endemic corruption in the country and restore good governance.

Chicago, Dec 17 — Indian American groups have taken keen interest in the recent Indian state elections with a large number of them seeing the defeat of the Congress as a chance to root out the endemic corruption in the country and restore good governance.

Community meetings have been held in several cities from Chicago to New York to Washington and Houston to hail the election results, especially the BJP win and the unexpected victory of the Aam Aadmi Party. While some Indian Americans were reported to have campaigned for the BJP, many young Indian American technocrats took leave from their office jobs to campaign for Arvind Kejriwal and his party.

More than 300 supporters of the BJP and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi attended a victory celebration in Houston. Speakers at the event said the election results gave Indians a "third opportunity to turn the country around.

"The first opportunity was India's independence in 1947 and the second was the lifting of the emergency in 1977. Both these opportunities were wasted," said a local businessman Ramesh Bhutada,"This opportunity should not be lost for the third time."

Bhutada and other speakers said that poor governance, corruption and misrule had brought the country to a standstill. Real economic progress, as exemplified by Modi's home state of Gujarat is what India needs, Bhutada said to applause.

Indian Americans, Bhutada noted, had a strong stake in India's progress, even if they had left the shores of the motherland. "The next generation of Indian Americans will not feel any connection with the land of their forefathers if India remains a weak player on the world stage." He welcomed the rise of the Aam Aadmi Party which, he said, would "keep the BJP on its toes."

Speakers from the Overseas Friends of the BJP said there was a palpable sense of "hope" for the general elections due in May, 2014, while conceding that the general elections were a "very different ball game" (from the state assembly elections). Gitesh Desai, who began his political career with Jayaprakash Narayan's 'total revolution' movement in the mid-seventies, said that the BJP's win in the state elections could translate into victory in the national elections next year.

There were some digs at Rahul Gandhi, with speakers pointing out the BJP won in 16 out of the 20 constituencies that Modi campaigned in the state elections. On the other hand, the Congress, they said, lost in all the eight constituencies in which Rahul Gandhi campaigned. Other speakers took a dig at the "left leaning media in India, which is adept at planting and disseminating anti-Modi stories."

BJP supporters in the US have also launched a group Overseas Friends of Narendra Modi (OFNAMO)

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi used his Independence Day speech to address India's rape problem. (Photo: Global Panorama)What do the prime minister of India, retired National Football League punter Chris Kluwe, and superstar comedian Aziz Ansari have in common? It’s not that they’ve all walked into a bar, though Ansari could probably figure out the punch line to that joke. They’ve all spoken up for feminism this year, part of an unprecedented wa ...
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Feminism: The Men Arrive!

Nov 3 2014 9:40am CST | Source: Truthout Stories

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi used his Independence Day speech to address India's rape problem. (Photo: Global Panorama)What do the prime minister of India, retired National Football League punter Chris Kluwe, and superstar comedian Aziz Ansari have in common? It’s not that they’ve all walked into a bar, though Ansari could probably figure out the punch line to that joke. They’ve all spoken up for feminism this year, part of an unprecedented w ...
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Feminism: The Men Arrive! (Hooray! Uh-Oh!)

Nov 3 2014 7:30am CST | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com What do the prime minister of India, retired National Football League punter Chris Kluwe, and superstar comedian Aziz Ansari have in common? It’s not that they’ve all walked into a bar, though Ansari could probably figure out the punch line to that joke. They’ve all spoken up for feminism this year, part of an unprecedented wave of men actively engaging with what’s usually called “women’ ...
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New York Times Apologizes For Cartoon Slammed As ‘Blatantly Racist’

Oct 6 2014 2:29pm CDT | Source: ThinkProgress

CREDIT: NEW YORK TIMES The New York Times posted a formal apology on its Facebook page for a cartoon that portrayed India’s space program in manner that outraged many readers. The cartoon depicted a thin man dressed in traditional attire with a cow in tow knocking on the door of the “Elite Space Club” where two formally-dressed men appeared rather perturbed by his presence. Many Indians have written about the cartoon’s portrayal of ...
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Oct 2 2014 2:42pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Meeting in Washington, D.C. this week, President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made important commitments for U.S.-India partnership in fighting climate change and accelerating clean energy, echoing discussions at the timely 5th U.S.-India Energy Partnership Summit hosted by Yale University and the Indian think tank The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) across town. With India’s 300 days of sunshine per year, off-grid, distribute ...
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Oct 2 2014 10:04am CDT | Source: Truthout Stories

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Modi and the Environment

Oct 2 2014 10:04am CDT | Source: Truthout Stories

As India's NDA government led by Narendra Modi settles into the corridors of power in New Delhi, its policy directions are becoming clear. The initial trends are not very encouraging for environmentalists. Proactive decision-making is normal for new regimes and not unique to the NDA. Many thousands of hectares of forestland were cleared for development projects - mainly mining - in the last three decades.Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India at the US Capitol, September 30, 2014. (Phot ...
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