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Indian-American Harvard professor Homi K. Bhabha wins Humboldt Research Award

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Homi Bhabha speaks. Symposium on Cultural Citizenship at Paine Hall, cosponsored with the Silk Road Project. Diana Sorensen, Jacqueline Bhabha, Yo-Yo Ma, Colin Jacobsen, Cristina Pato, Homi Bhabha, and members of the Silk Road Ensemble. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer

Homi Bhabha speaks. Symposium on Cultural Citizenship at Paine Hall, cosponsored with the Silk Road Project. Diana Sorensen, Jacqueline Bhabha, Yo-Yo Ma, Colin Jacobsen, Cristina Pato, Homi Bhabha, and members of the Silk Road Ensemble. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Diya TV) — Harvard University literary and cultural theorist Homi K. Bhabha, a professor of English and director of the Mahindra Humanities Center, has won a Humboldt Research Award for his academic contributions.

The honor, awarded annually by the Germany-based Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, celebrates Bhabha’s entire body of work in humanities and recognizes his “cutting-edge achievements of the future.”

Bhabha will attend the awards ceremony in Germany, where he will deliver a speech on his work and the philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt. The ceremony will be held at the Center for Literary and Cultural Research in Berlin.

Bhabha, who holds an honorary degree from Free University of Berlin, has been described by colleagues such as Diana Sorensen, dean of Arts and Humanities and James F. Rothenberg Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature, as an academic force who has “coined many turns of phrase and concepts that have charted a way of thinking that help to address many of the concepts of our time.”

“There’s practically no essay I will read by a Latin American, French, or American critic that doesn’t engage with Homi’s ideas,” said Sorensen. “He has a way of getting at literary and broader world problems with a conceptual acuity that helps people think through similar problems.”

“He has an idea — perhaps about violence, or the public and the private — and he gets people together to think about it,” she said. “In that sense, he makes the University happen.”

Bhabha has sat on the board for the United Nations Education, Cultural, and Scientific Organization since 2007. For his work on colonized people resisting the power of the colonizer, Bhabha was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2012.

Born in Mumbai, Bhabha graduated with a B.A. from Elphinstone College at the University of Mumbai and an M.A., M.Phil., and D.Phil. in English Literature from Christ Church, Oxford University.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at 87. She was the oldest sitting member of the court. Justice Ginsburg was only the second woman named to the Supreme Court. A cultural and feminist icon, Ginsburg was appointed to the Court by President Bill Clinton, and her passing will set off a showdown in the coming weeks before the November election. In a message left this week as her health waned, Ginsburg said “my most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shortly after Ginsburg’s death was announced said the Senate will conduct a vote to replace her and President Trump is expected to put forth a nominee to fill the seat in the coming days.

An Indian American doctor filed a federal lawsuit against the Aurora, Colorado police department after one of their police officers pointed a gun at him on his own property while he was trying to park his car. The incident was captured on video. The officer, Justin Henderson, has been suspended for 40 hours without pay and will be required to attend de-escalation training. 45 year old Dr. Paramjit Parmar, who is known in Aurora for his aid to refugees, believes race affected how he was treated and said Henderson’s punishment is “terribly inadequate.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Recall efforts against Kshama Sawant moves forward

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SEATTLE (Diya TV) — The recall effort against Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant can move forward after a ruling by a King County judge. Superior Court Judge Jim Rogers said four of the six accusations against Sawant are legitimate. They include misuse of city resources, misuse of her position by letting protesters into City Hall, relinquishing her duties of office to an outside political organization and leading a protest to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s house despite her address being protected due to threats from her time as a U.S. Attorney. 

Now, the group of residents leading the recall must get about 11,000 valid signatures before the recall gets on the ballot. Sawant in response said this battle is just the latest attempt by corporate interests and Mayor Durkan to derail her efforts to reform the city and announced she will lead a grassroots campaign to fight the charges.

Meanwhile, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is facing heat as well from U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who suggested prosecutors consider filing charges against her over the mass protests this summer that led some protesters to establish a police-free zone in downtown Seattle. In a tweet, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara offered his help to Durkan pro-bono.

Indian Prime Minister Modi turned 70 years old and received birthday wishes from around the globe, including from President Trump, who called Modi “a great leader and loyal friend.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indiaspora & AAPI data survey Indian American voters

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — At a virtual event featuring the former CEO of the Democratic National Committee, Seema Nanda, Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and Republican Ohio State Representative Niraj Antani, non-profit Indiaspora teamed up with AAPI Data to reveal the growing political power of the Indian American diaspora. The joint report says 66% of Indian Americans currently favor Vice President Biden, and 28% favor President Trump. The study shows an enormous rise in political engagement from the community. There are 1.8 million Indian Americans in the U.S. who are eligible voters and both sides of the aisle recognize the need to further engage Indian Americans, who AAPI Data notes is now the largest part of the Asian American community, surpassing Chinese Americans.

Eric Trump, President Trump’s son, took part in an Indian Voices for Trump event in suburban Atlanta. It was an indoor rally with appropriate social distancing measures in place. Trump was on hand to win support from the community in a vital state that will be tightly contested this fall. Georgia, like North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan and Texas are considered in play and have growing Indian American populations.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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