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New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone: Donald Trump trying to whip up ‘anti-Muslim fervor’

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EDISON, N.J. (Diya TV) — As Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump catered to an assembled crowd of Indian-American supporters during a New Jersey rally on Oct. 15, a group of South Asian Americans stood outside the convention center in protest of the candidate, and his rhetoric toward minority groups in the U.S.

Posted at the entrance of the convention center, protestors carried signs which read: “End Caste Apartheid,” “Dump Trump,” and “South Asians Against Trump.”

“Diversity and inclusion are the principles that our party embraces,” said New Jersey state Assemblyman Raj Mukherji to the crowd of about 50 people. Mukherji lambasted Trump for his xenophobic views and his call for a “deportation force” which would round up both Mexicans and Muslims.

Mukherji, who serves as the lone Indian American representative in the New Jersey State House, said Trump does not support visa programs for highly-skilled foreign workers. The nominee has gone on record calling the visas “very bad for business.”

Also a former U.S. Marine, Mukherji said nearly every South Asian American he has come across plans to vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in next month’s general election.

Rep. Frank Pallone, a Democrat from New Jersey, also spoke to the assembled protest crowd. “Trump spews hatred, racism, anti-Muslim rhetoric, insults to women, and says that people aren’t welcomed here,” he said. “Trump is trying to get across the idea that if you’re Hindu, you’re anti-Muslim. That is not true. He’s trying to whip up anti-Muslim fervor,” he added, and asserted that the values of Trump are not in line with American values.

The protest was organized by South Asians for Hillary, and Amit Jani, a volunteer with the organization, took a few moments to deliver remarks to the assembled crowd as well.

“We don’t think it’s right for someone from out of the state to come here and raise political issues with our faith and say they speak for over 3.4 million Indian Americans across the country, even more Muslim-Americans, and the South Asian communities as a whole,” said Jani.

Inside the halls of the convention center, Trump appeared at the rally, which was titled “Humanity United Against Terrorism,” and was organized by Chicago businessman and Trump supporter Shalabh Kumar, who has personally contributed just under $1 million to the nominee’s campaign thus far. The rally was billed as a charitable event to raise funds for Kashmiri pandits and Hindu refugees from Bangladesh. Trump spoke after performances from several Indian Bollywood artists.

Back outside, Amit Jani said several of the 8,000 attendees who were at the rally were under the impression they were simply attending a Bollywood concert, and had not expected to hear a speech from Trump. He claimed that several of those in attendance began leaving soon after Trump walked out onto the stage.

“Donald Trump does not speak for the Hindu community or the South Asian community,” he said. “He really doesn’t understand our community or our region, whereas Clinton has made the Asia Pacific region her first priority.”

Community leaders Shariq Ahmad, Sam Khan, Imtiaz Syed, Raju Patel and Sunita Viswanath – of the Coalition of Progressive Hindus – also spoke at the protest rally.

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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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