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Neera Tanden a progressive public policy expert speaks at DNC

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Hillary Clinton advisor and CEO of the Center for American Progress, Neera Tanden

Hillary Clinton advisor and CEO of the Center for American Progress, Neera Tanden

PHILADELPHIA (Diya TV) — Indian-American Neera Tanden was officially introduced to the world of national politics on Wednesday evening as she addressed the gathering at the Democratic National Convention.

“I know firsthand that the decisions our leaders make, make all of the difference in peoples’ lives,” Tanden said during her speech. “That’s why I chose a career in public policy, and that’s why I am so very proud to support Hillary Clinton.”

A long-time supporter of the Democratic presidential nominee, Tanden currently serves as the president of the Center for American Progress, a Washington-based progressive public policy research, and advocacy organization. She was the only Indian American to receive an invitation to speak at this year’s convention.

“I am so proud to have addressed the #DemsInPhilly because I’m only where I am because of the policies of the Dem party,” Tanden tweeted after delivering the speech at the convention on Wednesday.

The 45-year-old Massachusetts native was born to Indian parents, and is expected to hold a prominent position within the Clinton administration, should she be elected. She has already played a pivotal role in the development and shaping of some key policies within the Democratic party, including in President Obama’s administration.

A Yale University graduate, Tanden previously served as the domestic policy director for Barack Obama’s campaign.

Taking on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Tanden told reporters on Wednesday, “He has been very antagonistic towards all immigrants. He does not have a very clear picture of who an American is. And I do not think that is really welcoming among the South Asian community.”

Speaking earlier in the day at a Politico conference on the election and the economy, Tanden voiced a clear opinion on one matter: “All of our policies must raise median wages for American workers … (Hillary Clinton) is going to focus her presidency on rising inequality and stagnant wages.”

Tanden also vowed to focus on the “challenges of short-term-ism in the corporate culture.”

In closing she remarked, “For Hillary, politics is about fighting for people. Not when the cameras are on, but when they are off. Not when the decisions are easy, but when they are hard.  She’s a leader we can have faith in. And she’ll be a president we can count on to always have our back.”

 

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SACRAMENTO (Diya TV) — Indian American Democrat Shrina Kurani is running for Congress in California’s 42nd district and is preparing to take on 15-year Republican incumbent Ken Calvert. Kurani is a mechanical engineer and entrepreneur and says she’s running to create more sustainable jobs in her community and to take on the status quo in Washington DC.

More than 30 interfaith organizations in the U.S. are urging the State Department to sanction India and designate it as a country of “particular concern”. Their resolution claims that the Indian government is promoting policies that lead to the persecution of religious minorities, especially Muslims.
Despite growing concern over rising Covid-19 cases in Japan, the 2021 Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony got underway. India is sending its largest ever contingent to the Olympics with120 athletes competing across 85 events.  The country hopes to win medals for shooting, wrestling, boxing, archery and badminton.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Nearly 200,000 ‘Documented Dreamers’ appeal to Congress for help

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — With no clear path to citizenship and facing deportation, younger Indian Americans who have aged out of their parents’ visas are now appealing to lawmakers for help. The Migration Policy Institute says about 190,000 kids and young adults will be in this situation once they turn 21 years old. Some of them have now formed a coalition saying it’s time to address this ongoing issue.

Electronic signature platform DocuSign appointed Indian American Shanthi Iyer as its new Chief Information Officer. Iyer spent more than 20 years at Cisco and will lead Docusign’s efforts to improve employee productivity and the customer experience.

And Indian start-up SimSim has been acquired by Youtube. The company helps small businesses connect with social media influencers and customers. The exact terms of the deal were not disclosed but insiders say the company was valued at more than $70 million.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan

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KANDAHAR (Diya TV) — Pulitzer Prize-Winning photographer Danish Siddiqui was killed while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. The 38 year old Indian national was Reuters news agency’s chief photographer in India. Siddiqui was credited for capturing some of the most powerful images during the Covid-19 pandemic.

17-year-old Indian-American Samir Banerjee clinched the junior Wimbledon singles tennis title. Celebrating Samir’s achievement, many Indians took to social media to congratulate the youngster.

Jeff Bezos blasted off into space Tuesday on his Blue Origin rocket ship. It was the company’s first flight with people on board.  Bezos is now the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft. The Amazon founder was accompanied by his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas — the youngest and oldest to ever fly in space.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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