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John McCain

John McCain

I first met John McCain in 1999 when I was a graduate student. He was coming to speak on my campus and I was selected to pick him up at Logan Airport. On the 45-minute ride to Harvard Square, we talked about many issues of the day and also about India and the Indian-American community. He told me about his …

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The Change We Need

The Change We Need

As November approaches, the South Asian American community faces a critical choice in the presidential election. As we reflect on the past eight years and look ahead to the future, the choices could not be clearer. On one hand, we have John McCain, a candidate who has vowed to continue the failed policies of the Bush administration that have led …

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Gandhi Maharaj

National Gandhi Day of Service

National Gandhi Day of Service is an annual event that brings together college students of all different backgrounds to provide service to their community in the name of Mahatma Gandhi ‘s values of compassion and equality. The event was first held at the University of Michigan in 1997. After drawing hundreds of volunteers to a variety of community service projects, …

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Indian Art & Artists

Indian Art & Artists

As I dig into my earliest memories, it is difficult for me to think about the days of Navratri (nine days of worship and dance) without associating it with garba and raas. Garbas show up in weddings too. It has grown in popularity beyond the Gujarat region where it originated. Although the majority of garba songs are still sung in …

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Golden India in The Olympics: The Wait is Finally Over

Golden India in The Olympics : The Wait is Finally Over

The wait for an inordinately long 112 years is finally over. The prayers of many Indians have finally been answered. The dream of a sports-crazed nation deprived of any glorious success is ultimately cherished. Yes, the once thought to be impossible has finally taken place. India can now boast of an Olympic gold medal in an individual event – thanks …

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Garba Going Global

Garba Going Global

Famous garba song writer Avinash Vyas, famous garba singer Diwaliben Bhil, and other garba-raas lovers will have mixed feelings if they see young kids in the United States playing garba. Most of them will be pleased because these kids are keeping the flame of their age-old passion going. Some, who want to keep the originality at its core, will be …

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Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007

In a country as big and as populous as India, the citizens exhibit a multitude of talents in the arena of performing arts. However, it is always challenging to identify talent and bring it to the forefront. Whether in sports, arts and culture, or music, often the best of the artists fade away, only because they do not succeed in …

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Resurgence of the INDIAN PHOENIX!

Resurgence of the INDIAN PHOENIX!

One could easily recall the criticism, ignorance, and ha tred the team faced after the World Cup debacle. The players began to lose contracts and endorsements, and so was the game in India, which was regarded as another religion. Even the parent body BCCI took their hands off the team, withdrew the benefits extended to players, enacted a new set …

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Ellis Island Medals of Honor

Ellis Island Medals of Honor

he National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO), founded in 1984, believes in embracing the diversity of the American people. The organization strives to remind Americans of our diverse backgrounds, cultures, and heritages. Each year, NECO awards the “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” to outstanding individuals who not only contribute to society through personal and professional achievements, but also through a …

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Cricket World Cup - A Quadrennial Celebration

Cricket World Cup – A Quadrennial Celebration

Hold your breath! Fasten your seatbelts! The countdown has begun, and cricket fever has gripped the entire world. Even cricket players feel their hearts beating faster than usual as the greatest event in the cricket world is just a few days away! It is no surprise that for fans living in cricket-crazed nations on the Indian sub-continent, euphoria has hit …

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