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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, A Hidden Poet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, A Hidden Poet

By Raj Shah, Managing Editor, Desh-Videsh History was made at Rashtrapati Bhawan on the evening of May 26, 2014, as Narendra Modi took oath as the Prime Minister of India after a historic mandate from the people of India. In Narendra Modi, the people of India see a dynamic, decisive and development-oriented leader who has emerged as a ray of …

Sa Ni Dha Pa Live – Sur Sangam in Your Living Room: A new music series that aims to brighten your day!

By Raj Shah, Managing Editor, Desh-Videsh In less than two weeks, Desh Videsh Media Group and Florida Fine arts came together to create a music series to alleviate some of anxiety and stress caused by the COVID-19 shutdown. Sa Ni Dha Pa Live – Sur Sangam in Your Living room, a web-based music series, is a true community project, and …

Desh-Videsh Live

Since 1993, Desh-Videsh Media Group has always pledged to serve our growing community. With our mission in mind and in collaboration with businesses and leaders from our community, we are excited to bring you our newest project – Desh-Videsh Live. Desh-Videsh Live presents viewers with a series of informative videos and webinars that you can watch from the comfort of …

Sa Ni Dha Pa Live – Sur Sangam in Your Living Room: A new music series that aims to brighten your day!

By Raj Shah, Managing Editor, Desh-Videsh Carnatic Edition Janani Nagaraj, Violin and Vocal Semi-Classical/Ghazal Janani Nagaraj, Sophomore, has been classically trained in violin, vocal and dance since the age of 5. She has been learning violin from Shri. Sanjay Chandran. For her first three years of Carnatic vocal, she was trained by her mother Smt. Priya Nagaraj. From the age of …

Sa Ni Dha Pa Live – Sur Sangam in Your Living Room: A new music series that aims to brighten your day!

By Raj Shah, Managing Editor, Desh-Videsh The COVID-19 pandemic has created a time of unprecedented uncertainty and anxiety for many. The lockdown has caused many of us to feel isolated and at a loss for ways to spend the time. To alleviate some of these pressures, Desh-Videsh Media Group and Florida Fine Arts have come together and launched a community …

Top 10 Indian Poets

Honoring India’s First Poets

From Vedic Sanskrit poems in the ancient Vedas crafted over 10,000 years ago to Hindi and English verses by Indian poets in modern times, poetry has found a special spot in the literary world. India has been the birthplace of some of the most versatile and talented poets and writers. Be it ancient poet Ved Vyas, Nobel prize winner Rabindranath …

Get to Know: Sanjay Chandran

Get to Know: Sanjay Chandran

It was my pleasure to interview Sanjay Chandran, who is modest, soft spoken, and exceptionally talented in music as well as in his professional career.  He is among eleven young alumni who received the Penn State Alumni Association’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2006. Chandran is currently the chief executive Allianz Medical, Inc. He is also currently serving as a member …

Padma Awards 2020

As India celebrated its 71st Republic Day on January 26, 2020, with the usual ceremony, splendid display and glory, the country also honored Indians who have made excellent contributions in a variety of fields and made the nation proud. It is that time of the year, when India’s Republic Day celebration is accompanied by the much-awaited announcement of the names …

Gandhi and Global Nonviolence

Gandhi and Global Nonviolence

Compiled by Doug McGetchin, Associate Professor of History, Florida Atlantic University In the 2019 summer session at Florida Atlantic University, the class “Gandhi and Global Nonviolence” explored the life and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi under the direction of history professor Doug McGetchin. Gandhi’s life, especially his leadership in the Indian independence movement, was the main focus of the course, but …

Legendary Singer Lata Mangeshkar Turns 90

On September 28, India’s veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar turned 90. The singer, who is known as India’s Nightingale, was showered with wishes, love and blessings from all over the world. Fondly known as Didi, Lata Mangeshkar has sung not only in Hindi, but also in over 36 regional Indian languages. She has been awarded with the Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, …

Bollywood Superstar Amitabh Bachchan Honored with Dadasaheb Phalke Award

He is Bollywood’s true Shahenshah. Acclaimed French director Francois Truffaut has called him a “one-man industry.” The Government of India awarded him with the Padma Shri (1984), Padma Bhushan (2001), and Padma Vibhushan (2015). The Government of France awarded him with its highest civilian honor, Knight of the Legion of Honor. He has been awarded multiple honorary doctorate degrees by …

Dance and Yoga Enlighten in New Book by Shovana Narayan and Anita Dua

Dance and Yoga Enlighten in New Book by Shovana Narayan and Anita Dua

Shovana Narayan and Anita Dua, co-authors of Illuminating Indian Classical Dances Through Yoga, spoke about their new book at the India International Centre in New Delhi, India. The book launch was hosted by Shyam Jaju, National Vice President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and Pavan K Varma, a former diplomat, author, and politician. Leading Kathak expert, former bureaucrat, and …

Virat Kohli’s Record 11,000 runs in ODI Cricket

Virat Kohli’s Record 11,000 runs in ODI Cricket

India’s heartthrob batsman Virat Kohli created history by scoring the fastest 11,000 ODI runs in the cricket world, beating Sachin Tendulkar’s world record of 11,000 runs in 276 innings. Kohli achieved this hit-mark in less than 11 years of his ODI debut, beating Tendulkar’s record of more than 12 years to reach the same. Kohli’s record 11,000 runs came in …

2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champions

2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champions

Rishik Gandhasri School Name: Chaboya Middle School City/State: San Jose, CA Grade: 7 Age: 13 Accomplishments: Rishik has played 3 different instruments, but his favorite one is the saxophone. He is an active participant in his school band. Sponsering Organization: Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee Bio: My favorite subjects are math, science, reading and STEAM. I love building LEGOs and …

Gandhi’s Greatest Guru of Nonviolence: His Wife Kasturba

Gandhi’s Greatest Guru of Nonviolence: His Wife Kasturba

By Doug McGetchin, Associate Professor of History, Florida Atlantic University As promised earlier this year, in honor of the 150th birth anniversary of our beloved Father of Nation and my mentor, Mahatma Gandhi ji, we will feature one article about him in every issue. Given this month is the Education issue, it is only fitting we discuss Gandhi’s greatest guru …

Indian-Americans Dominate the 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee

Indian-Americans Dominate the 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee

Do you know what the common link is for these individuals – Rohan Raja, Karthik Nemmani, Ananya Vinay, Jairam Hathwar, Gokul Venkatachalam, and Sukanya Roy? All are names of Indian-origin, but there is an even greater commonality. Each of these are young students who have won the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee competition over the years. Indian-American students have been …

Poems by Vanaja Raju

Poems by Vanaja Raju

If you are a student age 21 or younger, we want to hear from you! To submit a poem for inclusion in the next issue, please email us at editor@deshvidesh.com. – This month’s poems are by Vanaja Raju School Friends Friends make it fun for everyone to get their schoolwork done. They talk and talk and walk and walk, they …

Gandhi at 150: Symposium and Celebration in South florida

Gandhi at 150: Symposium and Celebration in South Florida Florida Atlantic University‘s Peace…

Stagecoach to Pretoria: A Workshop in Gandhi’s Method of Nonviolent Resistance

Stagecoach to Pretoria: A Workshop in Gandhi’s Method of Nonviolent Resistance By Doug McGetchin The young attorney Mahatma Gandhi’s first trip inland to Pretoria, South Africa, in 1893 by train and stagecoach was a highly symbolic journey, illustrating his resolve and the power of his methods of nonviolence. When Gandhi arrived in Durban, South Africa, he had a First Class …

Gandhi and Global Nonviolence

By Doug McGetchin, Associate Professor of History, Florida Atlantic University   International connections between India and the West (Europe and North America) have deep roots in the life and work of Gandhi, and in my career. I found South Asian thought and Gandhi through undergraduate classes at the University of Rochester some thirty years ago. “The Asian Search for Self” …

Mahatma Gandhi’s Approach to Health

By Prasad Gollanapalli Mahatma Gandhi’s approach to health is simple and natural. It is based on reason, understanding and practice. Health and wellbeing covers human body, mind and spirit. Gandhi’s approach to healthy life included disciplining the body and controlling mind. His experiments in dietetics began while he was in London. His understanding is: “Man eats not for enjoyment but …

The Muslim “Frontier Gandhi” Abdul Ghaffar Khan

The Muslim “Frontier Gandhi” Abdul Ghaffar Khan By Elizabeth Siwica, History Major, Florida Atlantic University Abdul Ghaffar Khan (1890-1988) was a Muslim nonviolent activist who sought the end of British rule in India from the 1920s until independence in 1947. He was a key ally of Mahatma Gandhi, and to many, their friendship represented Muslim and Hindu unity. The British …

2019 Padma Awards: Six Awardees from the United States Win India’s Highest Civilian Honor

The Padma Awards are India’s highest civilian honors and are announced every year on the eve of Republic Day. Conferred on recommendations made by a committee constituted by the Prime Minister of India, these awards are given in three categories – Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri. Instituted in 1954, the Padma Awards recognize people in various fields and …

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2019 Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awardees

On January 9, 1915, Mahatma Gandhi returned from South Africa to India. To commemorate his return, the former Prime Minister, late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, choose the same day to celebrate the first Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) in 2003. These awards mark contributions of the overseas Indian community towards the development of India. PBD events are used as an opportunity by …

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Dr. Kiran Patel: Brand Ambassador of India By Raj Shah

A cardiologist, businessman, philanthropist, loving husband, caring father, and helpful friend, Dr. Kiran Patel (fondly known as Dr. K) is all this, and much more. One of the prestigious awardees of the 2019 Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award, Dr. Patel grew up in Zambia, studied in Britain, got his medical degree in India and began his journey as a cardiologist in …

Famous Quotes by Indian Freedom Fighters

Republic Day is celebrated in the remembrance of the day when the Indian Constitution became effective on January 26, 1950. This day is not just about marching parades or singing the National Anthem, but rather one to honor the patriotic sovereignty, integrity and secularist proud of India. Every Indian, no matter where he or she lives, should think about the …

Swami Vivekananda’s historic speech

       

My India, My Love

My India, My Love By Raj Shah “Where Ganges, woods, Himalayan caves, and men dream God –I am hallowed; my body touched that sod.” These were the last words uttered by Paramahansa Yogananda during a banquet at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles with the Indian Ambassador to America on March 7, 1952. Immediately after that, he went into Maha …

Anukreethy Vas of Tamil Nadu wins FEMINA Miss India 2018

Anukreethy Vas of Tamil Nadu wins FEMINA Miss India 2018 “Who is the better teacher? Failure or success?” This was the final question asked by judges of the top five finalists in the FEMINA Miss India 2018 competition. Anukreethy Vas of Tamil Nadu, the winner of this competition replied, “I would say failure is a better teacher because when you …

Nimrit Doad, Founder of Skin Care Plush

16-Year-Old Indian American, Nimrit Doad, Founder of Skin Care Plush By Amara Leggett Nimrit Doad is 16 years old, Indian American, and the CEO of Skin Care Plush. After two years of experimenting with different products that irritated her face and made her acne worse, she was ready to try natural remedies. Beginning at the age of 13, she tried, …

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Indian- American Venkat Ranjan Wins 2018 National Geographic Bee

Second and third places also earned by Indian- American Students from New Jersey and Georgia Venkat Ranjan of San Ramon, California, a 13-year-old 8th-grader at Windemere Ranch Middle School, took top honors at the 30th annual National Geographic Bee held on May 23 at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. In addition to earning the title of National Geographic Bee …

Indian Women Power

Indian Women Power By Suresh Gajwani I have often pondered why our country is stuck in neutral gear while the world keeps galloping by us. As Indians we do so well abroad, but back home we sometimes get mired in small, petty and selfish acts. Our country has many challenges, including the deep-rooted “corruption” at every level of our government …

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India’s Progress under Prime Minister Modi

PM Modi brought in what is termed as the biggest tax reform in the country since post-independence on July 1. Goods & Services Tax is a comprehensive, multi-stage, destination-based indirect tax levied on every value addition such as the supply of goods and services. The Indian economy has witnessed ambitious growth over the last three years. According to the World …

Violin Player Sanjana Chandran

An Enchanting Evening With Violin Player Sanjana

An Enchanting Evening With Violin Player Sanjana By Sunitha Raj When I planned to attend Sanjana Chandran’s Violin Arangetram, I already knew she was a gifted young talent from South Florida. Little did I know just how enthralling the evening was going to turn out! The Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center at Nova Southeastern University was packed on …

2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor: South Asian Recipients

2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor: South Asian Recipients

2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor: South Asian Recipients Each year, the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) presents the Ellis Island Medal of Honor to native-born and naturalized US citizens who “embody the spirit of America in their celebration of patriotism, tolerance, brotherhood and diversity.” Awarded to a select group of individuals, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor acknowledges …

Minakshi De

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Minakshi De

Minakshi De, an Indian American artist, was born in Kolkata, India. Currently living in South Florida, De was one of three artists whose paintings were on display at the International Women’s Day Art Exhibition in North Miami. A celebration of women, their valor and their accomplishments through the Arts, this cultural event was inspired by Dr. Maya Angelou and began …

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Manju Kalidindi, Esq.

Manju Kalidindi is an immigration attorney who is deeply involved in community charities. She is the founder and principal attorney at the Law Offices of Manju Kalidindi, P.A. in Plantation, FL. Ms. Kalidindi’s drive to serve the public comes from her family. She learned quiet compassion, generosity, and the value of service from her father and grandfather, both physicians, and …

Tulsi Gabbard

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard is an American politician and the first Hindu member of the United States Congress. United States Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district since 2013, Gabbard was also a vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee until February 28, 2016, when she resigned to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Gabbard’s first name, “Tulsi” comes from …

Pramila Jayapal

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Pramila Jayapal

Pramila Jayapal was born on September 21, 1965 in Chennai, India; however, she was raised in many different countries including Singapore and Indonesia. She completed her education in US where she immigrated when she was 16 years-old. She completed her bachelor’s degree and went on to pursue MBA from Northwestern University. Jayapal is considered to be a reformist and can …

Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services nominee

Seema Verma Takes Oath on Bhagavad Gita

Seema Verma, newly appointed as US Administrator of the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, was first nominated for this position by the President Donald Trump in the year 2016. She took her oath in the presence of US Vice President Mike Pence on March 14, 2017. During the swearing in, she placed her hand on the Bhagavad Gita, considered …

Baithak Gana

Featured Artists for the 5th United Phagwah/Holi Celebration

Featured Artists for the 5th United Phagwah/Holi Celebration Prnc Charming Social Media Comedian Indo-Caribbean comedian and actor, David Stephen Francis, better known by his stage name, Prnc Charming, is no different in that regard, however, he is groundbreaking in terms of his quick popularity, outlook, cultural representation and social conscious mind state, when it comes to his creative career. http://www.indiawest.com/entertainment/global/indocaribbean-representation-found-in-comedian-prnc-charming/article_29a05dec-875e-11e6-900d-f3ae3c87dc2b.html …

Women’s History Month: Honoring Women from India

Women’s History Month: Honoring Women from India As you probably know, March is Women’s History Month. Desh Videsh Media Group is proud to honor Indian women who have faced tough challenges throughout their lives. Many have achieved the honor of being the first in their fields. Recognizing the achievements of women in all walks of life – politics, activism, education, …

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Reshma Saujani

Lawyer and politician, Reshma Saujani was born and raised in Illinois. Her Gujarati parents migrated to the United States from Uganda in the 1970s, choosing to settle and raise a family in Chicago. Saujani earned a degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She then completed her Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University in …

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Valarie Kaur

Born in Clovis, California, and raised in the United States to parents of Indian origin, Valarie Kaur grew up practicing the  Sikh faith. Kaur earned bachelor’s degrees in international relations and religion from Stanford University. She also holds a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School and a JD from Yale Law School. Kaur began her career as …

2017 Padma Awards

2017 Padma Awards

The Padma Awards, one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in various disciplines/fields of activities, such as art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. The Padma Vibhushan is awarded …

President-elect Trump Nominates another Indian American for senior cabinet position.

  President-elect Trump announced his choice of Seema Verma, Indian American and  one of the leading experts in the country on Medicare and Medicaid, to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. On November 23, 2016 President-elect Donald J. Trump nominated Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC), a leading Indian American republican, as the United States Permanent Representative …

President-elect Donald J. Trump nominated South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC), a leading Indian American republican, as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

President-elect Donald J. Trump nominated South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC), a leading Indian American republican, as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations On November 23, 2016 President-elect Donald J. Trump nominated Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC), a leading Indian American republican, as the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, a cabinet-level position in the Trump-Pence Administration. Governor Haley …

Mohammad Shakir

Mohammad Shakirwas born in Pakistan and has been a professional, peace activist, and active volunteer in South Florida for the past 47 years. Presently, he is the Executive Director of the Asian American Advisory Board in Miami Dade, founder of the NUR Center for Asian women and children in distress, and co-founder of the women’s support organization SAHARA. Previously, he …

Vijay Persad

Vijay Persad has been the Chairman of the Board and President of the Shiva Mandir for several years, where he and his family have been active leaders and volunteers since 1991. As an immigrant from Trinidad, Vijay has worked closely with the Caribbean Hindu community and is motivated by the dedication of the Shiva Mandir members to improve his own …

Somy Ali

An immigrant from Karachi, Pakistan, Somy Ali and her mom and brother came to the U.S. in 1987 to escape an unstable home and pursue higher education. She eventually moved to India to work as model and Bollywood actress, where she worked on many modeling assignments and appeared in ten feature films. After this part of her career ended, Somy …

Ramola Motwani

Ramola Motwani is the Chairwoman and CEO of Merrimac Ventures, a real estate management, investment and development company with interests around the US and India. She was born and raised in India where she received her law degree from the Government Law College in Mumbai, India. Mrs. Motwani began her business career in the US with an import/export business she …

Dr. Vinod Patel

Dr. Vinod Patel graduated from the Seth G S Medical College, University of Mumbai, India in 1970 and started his career in the US at the Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He moved to Florida and started his Fellowship at University of Miami. Dr. Patel found that his successful career and family motivated him to ensure his children …

Dr. Abhijit S. Pandya

Dr. Abhijit S. Pandya is an active supporter of the local community and an education professional with 30 years of experience in South Florida. As an Florida Atlantic Universityengineering professor and administrator, he has mentored several prominent young professionals of Indian heritage. As a clinical researcher, he has served the local community through clinical trials,and along with his clinician partners,he has …

Anurag Thakur: The Force Behind T20 Matches in the US

Anurag Thakur: The Force Behind T20 Matches in the US

Anurag Thakur, a man who adorns many hats and lives up to each of his responsibilities with utmost sincerity and honesty is the mastermind behind bringing T20 Matches to the United States. Born on October 24, 1974, Anurag Singh Thakur is a member of Lok Sabha from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh in India. He is the son of Prem Kumar …

Urjit Patel named next RBI Governor

RBI’s Deputy Governor Urjit Patel was appointed as the next Governor of the central bank after Raghuram Rajan demits office on September 4. He was first appointed as Deputy Governor for three years in January 2013 and was given an extension this January. Eminent economist, consultant and banker Urjit Patel has been appointed new Governor of the Reserve Bank of …

Pramukh Swami Maharaj Passes Away – Special Sabha Announcement

Jay Swaminarayan, The spiritual head of BAPS, celebrated for his worldwide socio-spiritual services, His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj passed away at the pilgrimage place of Sarangpur, Gujarat, at the age of 94. Pramukh Swami Maharaj was the fifth spiritual successor in the guru parampara tradition of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. For more than seven decades he travelled tirelessly, visiting over 17,000 towns …

His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj Passes Away

His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj Passes Away The creator of Akshardham and Spiritual Head of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha Mourned by Countless Devotees and Well-Wishers Worldwide Ahmedabad, 13 Aug 2016 Today, on 13 Aug 2016 at 6 p.m., H.H. Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual head of BAPS celebrated for his worldwide socio-spiritual services, passed away at Sarangpur, Gujarat, at the age …

Revathi Balakrishnan Inspires Future Indian American Teachers

Revathi Balakrishnan Inspires Future Indian American Teachers

Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year 2016, Revathi Balakrishnan, is happy to make the Indian American community proud! By Taniya Talukdar Revathi Balakrishnan is a talented and gifted specialist at Patsy Sommer Elementary in Austin, Texas. She was recently chosen as the 2016 Texas Teacher of the Year, representing 330,000 teachers at the national level. Revathi believes in rigor and …

India sets new record in space mission-Successfully Launches 20 Satellites in a Single Flight

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) just sent 20 satellites into orbit with one launch, marking the largest satellite launch in the space agency’s history. Their previous record was 10 satellites delivered with one mission, and this latest accomplishment takes them a lot closer to the delivery rates of NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency, solidifying India’s place in …

Nirankari Baba Passes Away

  Nirankari Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj met with an accident while travelling from New York to Montreal (Canada) in a car on Friday, May 13 during the early morning hours. Unfortunately, at about 5:00 am, just about 40 km from Montreal, his car met with a serious accident. His two son-in laws, Sandeep Khinda Ji and Avneet Setya Ji, …