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Rina Shah targeted by White Supremacists

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Rina Shah, a Republican strategist and campaign spokeswoman for the conservative Independent Party candidate Evan McMullin, took a racist voicemail she received and turned it into an anti-Trump ad.

Shah received a voicemail from a man identifying himself only as Alan. In the voicemail, Alan – later identified as Alan Pryce by BuzzFeed – called Shah a “slut.”

“You frothing…piece of **Islamic dog,” said Pryce. “Vote for the pathological lying criminal…, and get out of our country. While you’re at it, go back and get f**ked by your dirt-bag Islamic terror scum friends.”

“This is not the first such phone call I’ve received,” Shah said — she’s received hundreds of such messages after declaring herself a non-supporter of Republican nominee Donald Trump. The McMullin campaign ran Pryce’s message in full, concluding: “Alan is a preview of Donald Trump’s America. We can do better.”

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Shah said she was delighted that the McMullin campaign has made Pryce’s voicemail public. “It is the worst voicemail I have ever received. It is pure hate, and clearly not just a one-off.”

“It’s been a tough year that has left me shocked, unnerved and fearing for my physical safety,” said the political strategist, adding while she does not believe Trump is behind the attacks, “the far right white supremacists have not been repudiated by him and they feel emboldened to continue.”

The message landed in her mailbox after Shah appeared on a Sept. 16 broadcast on Fox News, where she reiterated her support for McMullin, a former CIA agent with a broad knowledge of international affairs, according to his campaign. But the campaign strategist’s troubles began in April, after she appeared on Fox News and stated – as a long-time supporter of the Republican Party – she could not bring herself to vote for Trump, and would consider voting for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

You can see the appearance below:

After her April appearance, Shah began receiving e-mails and voicemails, calling her a traitor and various derogatory expletives for women, she said. A YouTube broadcast of her Fox News appearance elicited hundreds of racist comments, most prominently labeling her a Muslim.

“There is nothing out there that would indicate I am a Muslim,” said Shah, who was born in West Virginia.

Shah, founder of Washington, DC-based RiLax Strategies, a political consulting firm, was earlier denied access as a delegate to the Republican National Convention – though she had been elected as a delegate – after Breitbart News revealed that she and her husband live in Reston, Virginia, not DC.

Pryce told BuzzFeed he stood by every word of his phone call to Shah. “Clearly, she’s an anti-American supporter of a pathological lying criminal. Anyone who supports [Hillary Clinton], either actively or tacitly, is anti-American scum in my mind,” he told the website.

Prior to launching Rilax Strategies, Shah served as a senior staffer to two members of Congress. She currently serves as an advisor to VoteRunLead, and as an inaugural member of the House Republican Conference’s Indian American Advisory Council.

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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.

The Khosla family has donated nearly 2 million dollars to the Nudge Institute to help fight poverty. The philanthropists have donated millions of dollars for many other causes.

And disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-fried pleaded not guilty to eight different counts of wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy before a U.S. federal court in the Southern District of New York. U.S. prosecutors allege that under Bankman-Fried’s direction, FTX, once considered one of the largest and most-trusted cryptocurrency exchanges, transferred billions in customer assets to his trading firm, Alameda Research. If convicted of these charges, Bankman-Fried faces up to 115 years in prison.

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.

Anil Beephan is now the first Indian American Republican ever to be elected to the New York State Assembly in Albany. So far only Indian American Democrats have been elected to the state legislature. Beephan will also become the first minority to represent Dutchess County and at 29 years old, he’s the youngest GOP rep in the state legislature. He’s currently in the tech industry and has also worked as a volunteer firefighter.

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.

A federal jury in San Francisco has convicted Sivannarayana Barama of insider trading. Authorities say he used the quarterly financial performance of Palo Alto Networks before that information was released to the public and then traded in that company’s stock while that information was still confidential. Barama worked in IT for several Silicon Valley companies.

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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