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HAF to join Leadership conference on Civil & Human Rights

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obamahands-560x320WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the nation’s largest and most prominent civil and human rights coalition, officially welcomed the Hindu American Foundation as a new member on Wednesday.

The conference’s board voted to induct the Hindu American Foundation because of its work on social justice issues, particularly its ongoing Hindu 101 training for the Department of Justice, as well as its overall contributions to promoting equality and dignity throughout the country’s communities. The membership aligns HAF with a laundry list of prestigious civil and human rights organizations, including the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union, Anti-Defamation League, National Organization for Women, National Urban League, Human Rights Campaign, and the Japanese American Citizens League.

Suhag Shukla, executive director of the Hindu American Foundation, said the recognition of the conference was a pillar moment of the foundation’s existence, which was founded in 2003. The ultimate goal since the foundation’s inception has been for the fostered growth and advocacy for the rights of Hindu Americans and promoting pluralism.

“This is one of the highest honors for HAF,” Shukla said. “To be part of a coalition that has been critical in promoting equality and justice for all is a testament to the work we’ve done over the years. We’re deeply grateful to the Conference for welcoming us to the fold.”

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The Leadership Conference was created in 1950 as the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights by A. Philip Randolph; Roy Wilkins of the NAACP; and Arnold Aronson, leader of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council. The trio of visionaries believed their fierce fight for social justice could be better fought by merging the powers of their agencies into a coalition, rather than with individual efforts.

“To be a part of this venerable coalition, which has been a force in advocating for the rights of all, is truly humbling,” said HAF’s director of education, Murali Balaji. “To be a part of this coalition is a reminder of the late Whitney Young’s quote:‘We didn’t all come over on the same ship, but we’re all in the same boat.’.”

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Missing Hindu woman found mutilated in Pakistan

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The mutilated body of a Hindu woman was found in a field in southeastern Pakistan. Police say 40 year old Daya Bheel was murdered in the latest suspected attack against minorities in the Muslim-majority country. Authorities say they have arrested some suspects but have not determined a motive.

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Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Christmas crash kills Indian American toddler

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Tragic news out of Nevada. Authorities say an Indian American toddler has died in a devastating Christmas day car crash and his mother is in critical condition fighting for her life. Authorities say the accident happened on a busy Las Vegas boulevard and they were returning home from a trip in California.

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Vice President Kamala Harris has named Indian American Rajeev Badyal to a key national advisory group, responsible for strategy and recommendations to improve and maintain space policy. Badyal already works for Amazon, helping launch satellites into orbit. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Warriors host first-ever Bhangra Night

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The Golden State Warriors first-ever Bhangra Night made its debut during the Warriors-Jazz game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors say it’s a chance for the team to connect with the Bay Area’s rapidly growing South Asian community and fan base. Only Diya TV was on hand to capture the festivities. This change from the annual Bollywood night was supposed to take place in 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic.

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U.S. Border Patrol caught more than 4000 Indians illegally crossing the Mexico border in October and November. That’s more than double compared to the same time frame last year. An Indian man recently died climbing a border wall in Texas. The Biden administration is struggling to contain a surge of illegal immigration at the southern border.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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