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Sonal Shah Becomes the CEO of The Texas Tribune

A successful change of leadership starts with an able and accomplished individual who can assume new responsibilities with proficiency and ease. The Texas Tribune has found an ideal candidate for its new CEO in Sonal Shah, who is highly qualified and suitably experienced to excel in the post. The achievement of Indian-American Sonal Shah makes India proud and is certainly …

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Rishi Sunak: The first India-Origin Hindu Prime Minister of UK

  “All Indian lead­ers will be of low cal­i­bre and men of straw. They will have sweet tongues and silly hearts.” In 1931, Winston Churchill, late prime minister of Britain, said these words describing Indians and Indian leaders.  The evil empire of Britain ruled and looted India for decades. The tide has turned and now Britain Prime minister Rishi Sunak, …

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Gandhi: Both Inspirational and Inspired!

Currently, not only in India, but all over the world, millions of people including political leaders from hundreds of countries are getting inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. In this article, however, we will look into how Mahatma Gandhi was inspired. Gandhiji was a people person. He met hundreds of people every day. He was also a very avid reader. Therefore, it …

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7 Indian American women among Forbes ‘50 Over 50’

Crossing five decades of life does not mean becoming old; it means adding to one’s wisdom, experience, and achievements in life. Forbes “50 over 50” awards are given as a salutation to the accomplishments of 50+ women in various categories, including Lifestyle, Impact, Entrepreneurs, and Money. This year, seven Indian American women have made it to this list. They are …

Oscar-Winning Music Composer A.R. Rahman Performing in the US

A prodigy with music in his genes, A.R. Rahman is an exceptional talent who has made Indian music rich and versatile. He successfully integrated Indian classical music with Western classical music and western instruments to create tunes that were unique and never heard before. His music creates an everlasting impression on the minds of the audience — the magic that …

Sonal Shah Named to Homeland Security Advisory Council

“Working as the Deputy Assistant to the former US President Barack Obama, Sonal formed the White House’s Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.” Sonal Shah can truly be called a “Woman of Substance.” Apart from being a top-grade academician, Shah is a successful entrepreneur, innovator, and philanthropist from the core of her heart. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. …

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Impressive India and Indians

Did you know there is an unusual school in an unusual place run by an unusual teacher? Rajesh Kumar is a shopkeeper by profession but spends hours every morning teaching around 80 children from the poorest of the poor in India’s capital, New Delhi. The 43 year old visited the construction of the Delhi transit station a few years ago …

The Epitome of Compassion

The Epitome of Compassion

Vivekmurtidas Swami, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha The COVID-19 Pandemic will forever be remembered as a period of isolation, distancing, and change. Along with our longing to get back to “normal,” we hoped for peace and normalcy around the world. Unfortunately, peace continues to evade many parts of the world. Daily headlines are peppered with numerous instances of interpersonal, community-related and mass-scale …

L. Shankar: world renowned violinist and composer in South Florida

L. Shankar: world renowned violinist and composer in South Florida

By Sanjay Chandran Violinists from India are known for fiddling with their fiddles. As early as the 1930s, the legendary Carnatic (South Indian classical genre) musician T. Chowdiah had added an extra string to his violin. Over the years, it was rumored that it may have even included two more strings. However, it is debatable whether this modification enhanced Chowdiah’s …

Padma Awards 2022: Three Indian Americans to Receive the Padma Bhushan Award

The Padma Awards are one of the highest civilian awards conferred by the Government of India to persons of exceptional and extraordinary quality, honoring their distinguished contributions in their fields of expertise. The names of awardees are announced on Republic Day (January 26) each year. The awards are given by the President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in a …

An excerpt from a Republic Day speech by the Honorable Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

An excerpt from a Republic Day speech by the Honorable Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Every year, on the eve of Republic Day, the president of India delivers an annual speech which often calls for collective introspection. The speeches seek to remind Indians not only about how far the country has come since its inception, but also how far we must go in the pursuit of the core ideals that the makers of our Constitution …

Martyr’s Day (January 30): Thoughts on Mahatma Gandhi

Martyr’s Day (January 30): Thoughts on Mahatma Gandhi

Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia  Mahatma Gandhi, one of the greatest proponents of peace and nonviolence, was shot dead by a Hindu bigot on January 30, 1948. How could this have happened has been debated and explained by scholars and the courts, which pronounced death sentences on the murderer. Many, in mourning, favored the execution. But for pacifists, the decision—rather than …

Three American-Indians in the List of Most Influential Chief Marketing Officers 2021

Three American-Indians in the List of Most Influential Chief Marketing Officers 2021

A CMO or Chief Marketing Officer is the anchor of any company because it is the CMO who describes its marketing strategies – playing a pivotal role in making people aware of the brand. Precisely, a CMO is the leader who heads the promotional aspect of a company and whose job it is to create a lasting impression in the …

Rich in Wealth and Humanity

Rich in Wealth and Humanity

India has been the pioneer nation in respecting, celebrating, and upholding the power and supremacy of women. Naari (women) have always been a source of shakti (power) in the Indian tradition. That power has been well represented by numerous Indian American women (five of whom we’ll celebrate here) throughout our history. The significant achievements and success stories of these dominant, …

Shree Saini: The Winner with a Golden Heart

‘Shree’ means ‘Goddess Lakshmi’, the embodiment of wealth and prosperity. Shree also means ‘beauty’, ‘grace’, ‘power’, ‘brilliance’, and ‘dignity’. Shree Saini, the first Indian-American to become Miss World America, stands for the qualities depicted in the name ‘Shree’. Along with all these qualities, she possesses the outstanding and indomitable spirit of a fighter who never gives up; a fighter who …

Young Indian Americans Rising to the Top

There is no doubt that Indian Americans  represent a segment of the United States population who make mammoth contributions across a variety of fields, whether in business, politics, entertainment, and many others. In a recent conversation with NASA scientists after the historic landing of the rover Perseverance on Mars, even the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden …

Women’s History Month: 15 Women Who Shaped the Indian Constitution

Last month, the world celebrated Women’s History Month by recognizing remarkable women across all fields. In India’s own history, there are 15 women who are seldom discussed, despite being the most progressive, powerful thought leaders of their time. Without the contribution of these Indian women, the Indian constitution may not have been inclusive and would have looked much different. With …

Kamala Harris Makes History as First Indian American US Vice President

Kamala Harris Makes History as First Indian American US Vice President

A culture that worships goddesses produces strong women. – Shyamala Gopalan The very sound of the word Kamala, another name for the goddess Laxmi, throned on a lotus flower, reminds us of nothing but India and Indian heritage. And Kamala Devi Harris particularly accentuated this throughout her career even in her recent election campaigns. It is always her pride to …

Gandhi’s Ideas of Nonviolence for Americans

Gandhi’s Ideas of Nonviolence for Americans

By Professor John Charles Wooding January 30, Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary, is marked as Martyr’s Day. Gandhi ji gave Indians the vision, courage and confidence that they were as good if not better than the Britishers and showed that they can defeat the greatest power of the world through non-violence and non-cooperation. In this issue we will be covering a …

Sundar Pichai: An Influential Force

Sundar Pichai: An Influential Force

Indian American Sundar Pichai, who first began his career as a materials engineer and is now the CEO of both Google, Inc. and its holding company, Alphabet Inc., earned a place on TIME magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People of 2020. Pichai was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, and grew up in Ashok Nagar, Chennai, with his family. He …

George Soros: Is He a Threat to India

George Soros: Is He a Threat to India

By Sandeep Balakrishna and Raj Shah In our own time, perhaps the greatest embodiment of this Asuric or demonic trait is the person of the 89-year-old George Soros who is commonly described as a philanthropist. We fail to understand the meaning of the word “philanthropy” when it’s applied to a wealthy person who arrogates to himself the right to destabilize …

Five Indians Make TIME’s List of 100 Most Influential People of 2020

Five Indians Make TIME’s List of 100 Most Influential People of 2020

TIME magazine released its list of 100 Most Influential People of 2020 which features pioneers, celebrities, musicians, artists, leaders and titans who have helped in their own ways to shape the world through their influence. Some of these notable figures include physician Dr. Anthony Fauci, NASA Astronaut Christinia Koch, and tennis player Naomi Osaka. Five Indians and Indian Americans also …

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 …

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Picks up Trash from Beach

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Picks up Trash from Beach

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘practice what you preach’, right? Well, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to be following it quite diligently as well, especially when it comes to his Swachh Bharat Abhiyan aka Clean India Campaign. Just before the second round of informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, PM Modi was plogging at a beach in Mamallapuram, …

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. All Photos Credit to …

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 …