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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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US and India to hold military drills near the China-India border

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — The U.S. and India are preparing for mountain top drills near the Chinese border. It’s a move that’s sure to attract the attention of leaders in Beijing and comes during heightened tension between all the countries, especially after China recently launched missiles over Taiwan in a show of force. Last year’s joint high altitude exercise between the U.S. and India was in Alaska.

A top Pakistani militant who had a $3 million U.S. bounty on his head has been killed along with three others in Afghanistan. Abdul Wali, also known as Omar Khalid Khurasani, was killed in an explosion Sunday while traveling by car.

Diya TV was this year’s media sponsor at the Indiana India Business Council annual gala. This non-profit remains focused on generating economic growth, and strengthening ties between both countries. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Afghan man arrested over murders of four South Asian men in New Mexic

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Diya TV) — The Islamic community is breathing a sigh of relief after one of their own is now under arrest for the murders of four Muslim men. 51 year old Mohamed Syed is denying any involvement in the slayings and will face a judge later this week. Three of the victims are from Pakistan while the other is from Afghanistan. Authorities say Syed knew all the men but the exact motive is unclear at this time. Some outlets are reporting this could be fueled over issues in the Sunni and Shia Muslim community. 

Global outrage continues after the suicide of 30 year old Mandeep Kaur, who left India for New York, searching for a better life. Police say she ended her life after releasing a heart wrenching video, narrating details of torture at the hands of her husband who she claims abused her because she couldn’t have a son. Kaur leaves behind two young daughters. Her family in Indian is now trying to take custody of the children. 

Women’s tennis champ Serena Williams says she is preparing to wind down her stellar career. She has 23 grand slam championships. Williams implied she’s trying to play at the US Open and make it her final tournament later this month.  

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Hindu temple in New York City vandalized in suspected hate crime

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Assemblywoman Jennifer Rajkumar held a press conference to denounce a suspected hate crime targeting a Hindu temple in Queens. Authorities say three people toppled a Mahatma Gandhi statue on the property at the Shri Tulsi Mandir. The Indian American elected official says she’s trying to remind everyone that the core tenets of Hinduism are about inclusivity and mutual respect towards one another. This latest incident comes after another Gandhi statue was desecrated in Union Square and other parts of the world.

The list of Indian American executives tapped to lead tech companies continues to grow. Data protection technology developer Cohesity announced Sanjay Poonen is its new CEO. Poonen was VMware’s former Chief Operating Officer.  

The White House, Department of Justice and FBI are still not saying why former President Trump’s residence was raided. On Monday, the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, as part of an investigation into the handling of presidential documents, including classified documents that may have been brought there.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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