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South Asian community responds to attacks of Huma Abedin

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Huma Abedin, aide to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, attends the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 45th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Huma Abedin, aide to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, attends the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 45th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Rallying behind Huma Abedin, South Asians from around the country have come out in support of the Indian-American aide to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton after she was attacked by the Republican Hindu Coalition for her ethnicity and religion.

“Condemning anyone simply because of their religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation is against the pluralistic ethos of Hinduism and has no place in a democracy,” said Suhag Shukla in an interview with Indian Express.

Shukla served as the executive director of the Hindu-American Foundation, a respected group in the U.S. which is governed by a group of second generation Hindu Americans.

“This needs to be opposed by all South Asians,” said Rajwant Singh said, an highly-touted Sikh American, of the TV spot being run by the Republican Hindu Coalition, which can be viewed below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NW8sYY9EXYk

In the commercial, the Republican Hindu Coalition brands Abedin as “pro-terrorist,” and, questions her “Pakistani and Saudi background.” “The current attack on Huma and tying her emails to Hillary is a destructive and vile move of Donald Trump, who is targeting her because she is a woman, she is an immigrant and she is a Muslim,” said Kaleem Khwaja, executive director of the Association of Indian Muslims of America.

“God willing, next week Hillary will win the election to become president,” Khwaia added. “That will be the day many all over the world are waiting for. Thereafter, Huma is expected to get a good position in the Hillary White House and do well in safeguarding Hillary’s programs.”

Meanwhile, Abedin appeared alongside the Democratic nominee during a recent fundraiser in Washington D.C., her first appearance since the FBI announced last week it was re-opening the case regarding Clinton’s use of a private email server, this time to have a look at the emails Clinton allegedly exchanged with Abedin’s estranged husband, Anthony Weiner.

She was joined at the event by famed designer Diane Von Furstenberg and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

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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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