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Parikh cuts ties with Trump

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sudhir-parikh_650x400_51458628252WASHINGTON D.C. (Diya TV) — Sudhir Parikh, an Indian-American doctor and publisher, has severed ties with the “Indian Americans for Trump 2016” group, a faction of folks who are in support of the Republican frontrunner for the 2016 presidential election.

“I allowed myself to be identified with that group,” he said in an emailed statement, “because some members of the group are friends of mine.

“I wish to clarify that I no longer belong to the group and I do not support the candidacy of Mr. Donald Trump,” he added. “For over three decades I have supported both Democrat and Republican candidates based on their individual merits and their commitment to the interests of the Indian-American community and US-India relations,” he wrote.

“I remain committed to this course,” Parikh wrote in conclusion. The founder and chairman of Parikh Worldwide Media had previously been assigned the role as chair of the fundraising and advisory committee for the group, which was formed in January of this year.

Indian Americans for Trump was a spinoff project of Seton Hall University business professor AD Amar, who played an instrumental role in the creation of the “Hindus for Trump” PAC earlier this year. Amar said Trump’s policies on illegal immigration and economy were the main reasons why other Indian Americans should support him.

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“On realizing that the agenda of Donald Trump for President 2016 is focused on reviving the American economy, rightly bringing America on the world stage, defeating terrorism and establishing peace through strength, many Indian-Americans believe that he is the best hope for America and the right candidate to be the next President,” Amar’s PAC previously said in a statement.

In a recent blog post, Hindus For Trump also listed what they call ‘evidence that USA Hindus are supporting Trump’.

“Sources estimate that there are between 1.5 million and 2.5 million Hindus living in the USA. But is there any evidence that this growing demographic is organizing to support Trump? Yes! And this support is coming from some of the most influential and widely respected names within the Hindu community,” the blog post said.

The group’s founder, Shalabh Kumar, reportedly “is close to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, [and] has relationships in the Republican Party dating back to the Reagan administration.”

Rishi Bhutada, treasurer of the Hindu American PAC, told Diya TV “Hindus are supporting all sorts of political views. As a group, I don’t think they are supporting one candidate.”

When asked about the deification of Trump in the poster by ‘Hindus for America’, Bhutada called the group “overly enthusiastic” and said “it’s probably not in good taste to cast a Presidential candidate in the same pose as a Hindu deity.”

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U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hits 600,000

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U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hits 600,000 | Diya TV News

WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — The U.S. has reached a grim milestone. More than 600,000 people have died from Covid-19 as officials race to vaccinate more people. But deaths have also been slowing for months because of an aggressive campaign to vaccinate the nation’s elderly and medically vulnerable people.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson just replaced an Indian American administrative law judge who ruled against the state health department in a significant abortion case. Last year, Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi turned aside Missouri’s effort to close the state’s last abortion provider, a Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis. Dandamudi also ruled against the state in a medical marijuana case.

And Pakistani Brit actor Riz Ahmed is forming a new coalition, pushing for more Muslim representation in media and Hollywood.  He’s partnering with several influential institutions like USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative to give out financial grants and offer mentoring.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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20 dead, many injured in Pakistan bus crash

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Diya TV) — A bus crammed with pilgrims coming back from a Muslim religious festival crashed in southwest Pakistan, killing at least 20 people and leaving dozens of others injured. Officials say the bus was overloaded and passengers were even traveling on the roof of the bus. The death toll is expected to increase. 

Police say man accused of killing four members of a Pakistani Canadian Muslim family targeted them for their Islamic faith. 20-year-old Nathaniel Veltman is facing several murder charges for allegedly running them over in his pickup truck. Investigators say there is evidence this was premeditated and motived by hate.

Vice President Kamala Harris walked in the Capital Pride Walk and Rally in Washington, D.C., over the weekend, making history as the first sitting vice president to march in a Pride event.
The Biden-Harris administration has brought LGBTQ issues to the forefront of its agenda. One of the president’s first executive orders called for an end to discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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One in two Indian Americans have encountered racism

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Study: 1 in 2 Indian Americans report facing discrimination | Diya TV News

WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — According to a new study, Fifty percent of Indian Americans say they have encountered racism in the U.S. in the past year. Discrimination against darker-skinned people is the most common form of bias encountered and the main perpetrators are non-Indians. The study also shows Indian Americans are the second largest immigrant group in the US with more than 4 million living in the country.

Judge Zahid Quraishi has been confirmed by the US Senate, becoming the first Muslim American federal judge. Quraishi, who is of Pakistani descent, was serving as a magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court of New Jersey.

Former Federal prosecutor Preet Bharara’s dinner with an author who once despised Indian food is getting a lot of likes on the internet. On twitter, Tom Nichols is finally admitting his palate is expanding and he wants more Lamb Biryani. Bharara responded on social media by saying Nichols is still getting used to the butter chicken. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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