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Young Indian-Americans launch #VoteAgainstHate to stop Trump

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — A new campaign, titled #VoteAgainstHate, has been organized and launched by a group friends who brought together South Asian actors and artists—including writer Nisha Ganatra (of Transparent and Better Things), Sonal Shah (Scrubs), D’Lo (comedian and writer), and Utkarsh Ambudkar (The Mindy Project).

It was launched Thursday with the hopes of aiming to persuade their parents and elders to not vote for Donald Trump on Election Day.

Some 65 percent of Indian Americans are Democrats or lean toward voting Democrat, according to the PEW Research Center, and another recent poll found that 78% of Indian Americans either have an unfavorable view of Trump or didn’t know anything about him. However, Trump’s recent appearance at an event hosted by the Republican Hindu Coalition, and a Trump campaign ad released this week targeting Hindu Americans suggest he’s still pursuing at least a small part of the Indian American community.

The #VoteAgainstHate campaign calls on all Indian Americans to reject Trump, even if they don’t support Hillary Clinton.

Vijay Chattha, an entrepreneur by trade, is the executive producer of the campaign. He called on family and friends to work on the project after having multiple conversations with older relatives who said they’d be voting for Trump because they’d always voted Republican.

“This is just something that really motivated me and some other friends of mine, we kind of all came together to do this,” he said.

Chattha is most worried about the possible impact of trickle-down racism if the billionaire real estate mogul is elected president, he said. That to me is the most scary part of the rhetoric and the type of people that he is emboldening through this campaign,” he said.

“I think it feels like there’s more and more of these racial divides that come up like whether it’s how kids are talking in school about people of other backgrounds, whether they’re Latino or Muslim.

“We just saw a school in Windsor California—northern California, Sonoma County, I think it’s a Spanish emerging school, there was graffiti put on it a few days ago that said, ‘Build the wall higher’ on the wall of their school. This to me is trickle down racism and I feel that if he gets elected and you look at the number of hate crimes reported in America I feel like we’re going to see a multiplier effect on that.”

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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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