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Miss India America releases in theaters across three U.S. Cities

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Exclusive: Texas Congressional Candidate Sri Preston Kulkarni on bipartisanship during this contentious time

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — As part of “The Public Interest with Ravi Kapur,” House of Representative candidate Sri Preston Kulkarni sits down to talk about examples he has faced when dealing with republicans on the other side. Working with colleagues representing a different party in 2016 has given Kulkarni a positive outlook on how it can bring the United States of America back together again from a dangerous experience he faced in Iraq.

Q: Do you think that in this environment you can get along with the other side to put our country back together again?

A: Sure. When I was in Iraq for example, I actually had to sit down across the table from people who were literally paying money to try and kill me — shoot rockets at our base and plant bombs at the side of the road. I feel like if I can sit down at the table with someone who is trying to kill me, I can sit down at the table with a republican and try to work things out for people. I’ll give you a good example, after the 2016 election when things were so divisive in our country, I reached out to some republican colleagues and said, ‘Why don’t we start a group where we don’t debate things. We just sit down for meals and listen to each other once a week, and try to put ourselves in the other person’s shoes to understand their perspective rather than attacking — which is what we see everyday on TV. Out of that group, three of us have won our nominations for Congress. Two republicans and myself as a democrat. All of us have agreed that if we get to Congress next year we’ll start breaking bread in the Capitol, which I think is the model that other people should use.

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Thirdi South Asian Film Festival opens for the 16th year at the Castro theatre in San Francisco

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Thirdi 2018 Film Festival

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The 16th annual 3rd i South Asian International Film Festival begins this weekend in San Francisco, with women filmmakers, healing and dialogue as core themes.

Opening up Nov. 1 at San Francisco’s New People Cinema with “Good Guy Bad Guy,” the four-day festival will shift to the Castro Theatre the following day featuring two films — “Village Rockstars” and “Befikre” — for the price of one, before closing out the weekend at New People Cinema.

Designed to showcase the diversity among South Asians, along with cinema from Canada, Australia and the U.S., 3rd i prides itself on being representative of the local community since it was founded in San Francisco’s Mission District by Ivan Jaigirdar, Shilpa Mankikar and Camille Ramani in 2001.

“Having a critical arena to view films and to discuss it with a community creates community, creates change,” Jaigirdar told Diya TV following last year’s festival. “I think we’re part of the cycle of change.”

Additionally, 3rd i will hold a screening of “A Suitable Girl” at the Palo Alto Art Center on Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $10-$11 and can be purchased online or at each box office.

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Indiaspora Dalberg survey digs deep into Indian American giving

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Sunil Wadhwani of Wish Foundation talks to Diya TV about the need for Indian Americans to give back more than just their time and talent.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — In a day long summit held at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., non-profit Indiaspora gathered some of the biggest donors in the Indian American community. Members from the Indian American non-profit sector along with prolific philanthropists such as Sunil Wadhwani of the Wish Foundation & Deepak Raj from Pratham USA stressed on the need for giving back. Indiaspora partnered with Dalberg Advisors, to survey and examine the charitable habits and nuances within the Indian American community.

Keynoted by Swetha Totapally of Dalberg, the summit dove into this survey and its findings. One such finding was the tremendous amount of hours Indian Americans donated in terms of volunteering. However, according to the survey, in proportion to their cumulative wealth, the community as a whole is not meeting its obligation to give back adequately, given its prominence & affluence.

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