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Muslim American DQ franchisee displays Anti-Hindu sign

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Anti Hindu Signs near the Dairy Queen on Highway 146 in Texas

Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 1.19.55 PMKEMAH Texas, (Diya TV) — A Lone Star State business owner is making national headlines for displaying his anti-Hindu sentiments at his business for the public to see. Mohammad Dar, a Muslim and owner of a Houston-area Dairy Queen restaurant franchise, says that it’s wrong for people to follow a religion – something man-made rather than a set of beliefs, or laws.

Hindu is not a religion, Hindu is an act of a person – Mohammad Dar, Dairy Queen Franchisee

Dar said in an interview with local TV station KHOU11. “They may look human but they are acting like monkeys,” said Dar. In another interview with KPRC he said that “racism is the foundation of Hinduism.”

Dar claims the signs have only been on display for about six months, however, area residents have reportedly said they’ve been up for well over a year.

Additionally, he has papered the inside of the business with anti-religion posters, one of which refers to Hinduism as “monkeyism.”

“OBEY PRESERVE IMPLEMENT CONSTITUTION OF THE U.S.A., NOT MONEKYISM OF DARK AGES.”

Mohammad Dar

Mohammad Dar

Dar said the signs aren’t coming down because of their “educational value,” and, “because only about one percent” of the 200 customers he serves daily say they find them offensive.

In a joint statement from the Hindu American Foundation’s local Chapter & the Hindus of Greater Houston said, “While Mr. Dar has a First Amendment right to say what he wants at his own place of business, we find it disappointing that he chooses to malign Hinduism and its pluralistic ethos in the manner that he does. In times like these, signs like Mr. Dar’s only serve to contribute to ignorance and mistrust, as opposed to building bridges and understanding. We hope the customers who go to his store see past his signs and reach out to Hindus in their community to learn about their beliefs.”

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Biden, Modi meet and with the Quad Leaders’ Summit

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the White House for the first in-person Quad Leaders’ Summit.  PM Modi held a bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden. PM Modi is on a three-day visit to the United States, his first official visit to the country since Biden took the office. On Thursday, Modi held separate meetings with Vice President Kamala Harris.

President Biden will also nominate Indian American Erik Ramanathan, a longtime political ally and fundraiser to serve as ambassador to Sweden. Ramanathan joins a record 70 plus Indian Americans working in the Biden administration. 

The Houston doctor fired for distributing expiring COVID-19 vaccines instead of throwing them out claims he was punished for giving “the vaccine to too many individuals with ‘Indian’ sounding names. Dr. Hasan Gokal has sued Harris County Public Health for $1 million, alleging that the agency “demonstrated a pattern of discrimination and hostility against Dr. Gokal based on his South Asian race and Pakistani national origin.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Harris, Modi meet in-person for the first time

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has officially started his U.S. tour and met face to face for the first time with Vice President Kamala Harris.  They discussed the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific region at a time when the U.S. is trying to solidify its pivot toward Asia and strengthen ties with allies to take on China’s growing influence in the region. In addition, Modi met with the Prime Minister of Australia and the heads of Adobe, Blackstone, and Qualcomm.

Electric car maker Tesla broke ground on a new production facility in California and will produce the company’s large-scale battery system called Megapack. News of the previously unannounced factory was confirmed by Lathrop Mayor Sonny Dhaliwal in a Facebook post that was deleted and re-posted. The Indian American Mayor says  “The future of green energy will be produced right here in our community.”

Sony Pictures Networks India has agreed to acquire Zee Entertainment. If the deal materializes, it will bring together two of the largest broadcasting giants in India that run large cable television networks, streaming services, music labels, and own scores of other digital assets, to better compete with companies like Netflix and Disney.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Sachin Gupta to head Timberwolves basketball operations

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SAINT PAUL (Diya TV) — The NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves have promoted Sachin Gupta to interim head of basketball operations. This is a historic move making Gupta the first person of Indian origin to run an NBA basketball organization. Gupta began his career as a special advisor with the Houston Rockets and since then has held several executive roles with other teams.

A  mega drug bust for India .Officials say they seized nearly three tonnes of heroin originating from Afghanistan worth nearly 3 billion dollars amid the chaos following last month’s takeover of the country by the Taliban. Two people have been arrested so far and the investigation is on going.

India’s Fresh Works is getting ready to launch it’s initial public offering valuing the customer relationship software company at more than 10 billion dollars. The company started off in Chennai India but is now based in California, and says it wants to compete with rival Salesforce in the US. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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