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Bay Area teacher wants textbooks to teach of ‘Anti-Islamophobic & Anti-Homophobic’ Donald Trump

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — With the election now behind us, a new political controversy has erupted in the Bay Area: public schoolteachers are being offered what some have referred to as a Donald Trump lesson plan.

Supporters of the Republican President-elect say it’s a way to help students better understand the election. Opponents argue that it represents leftist propaganda, it serves better to scare students about the incoming president.

Fakhra Shah, a teacher at Mission High School in Fremont, created the plan with the ultimate goal of empowering students, she said.

“This is anti-hate,” Shah told NBC Bay Area. “This is not just anti-Trump.”

After Election Day’s stunning result, in which billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, Shah wrote a letter to the school’s teaching staff. “A racist and sexist man has become president,” she wrote in the letter. She further urged teachers to allow their students to use this optional lesson plan, that she says, will allow the students to speak their minds.

“This is an anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-Islamophobic [and] anti-homophobic philosophy,” Shah wrote in the lesson plan. “This is a philosophy about upliftment, hope and justice.”

The plan also asks teachers to console students who have fears of being deported after President-elect Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric over the course of his campaign. “We do not have to go anywhere, not Canada, not ‘back’ to any place we came from,” Shah wrote.

According to Shah, the lesson plan is about being open regarding the President-elect’s agenda. “I want to be clear that we are not brainwashing anyone,” she said adamantly. “This is about a dialogue.”

Lita Blanc of the United Educators of San Francisco has posted the lesson plan on the organization’s website. “Many people in this country have had a strong reaction to what’s happened and I think the framework that was provided is a decent framework,” Blanc said.

However, Harmeet Dhillon, who leads San Francisco’s chapter of the Republican Party, has a supreme disagreement with the lesson plan, and said, contrary to how its been broadcasted, does nothing but push an agenda.

“This is a specific anti-Trump agenda teaching students they need to be afraid for the next four years, that they are at risk,” she said.

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Exclusive: Sanders, Bloomberg camps on Indian American outreach

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AHMEDABAD, India (Diya TV)  — We have more from Las Vegas in the aftermath of the latest Democratic debate. We spoke with both the Sanders and the Bloomberg campaigns about what they plan to do to reach the Indian American community and have more analysis on whether any of the candidates moved the needle to win new support.

A number of prominent Indian Americans in government will accompany President Trump and the first lady to India next week. The delegation will visit Delhi, Agra, and Ahmedabad and likely include Rita Barnwal of the U.S. Department of Energy, Bimal Patel of the U.S. Treasury Department, Manisha Singh of the State Department, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Seema Verma of Health and Human Services and Kash Patel in the National Security Council.

There is tragic news to report out of India, where we’ve learned Ayurvedic Master Healer Dr. Pankaj Naram has died. Dr. Naram has been a mainstay on Diya TV in the daytime for many years, sharing his wisdom on how to use everyday ingredients to heal challenging ailments. Dr. Naram literally touched the lives of millions of people and we will effort to pay homage to this man whose impact will live on forever.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India becomes 5th largest economy, overtakes UK, France

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AHMEDABAD, India (Diya TV)  — India is now the world’s fifth largest economy, overtaking the UK and France in 2019, according to a report by American non-partisan think tank World Population Review. The report says India’s economic liberalization starting in the early 1990s was key to this growth. Though the report also indicates India’s real GDP growth is expected to weaken for the third straight year from 7.5 percent to 5 percent.

Billionaire entrepreneur and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be on stage at the ninth Democratic Debate in Las Vegas, qualifying for the first time after polls indicate his star is rising amongst potential Democratic primary voters after spending more than $300 million in political advertising. Diya TV will be in Las Vegas with full coverage from what will certainly be an eventful night.

Lakshmi Sridaran, who has been the interim executive director for non-profit civil rights group, SAALT, South Asian Americans Leading Together, will take on that role moving forward. SAALT also announced Simran Noor will serve as their new Board Chair.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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150,000 people expected for ‘Namaste Trump’ in Gujarat

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AHMEDABAD, India (Diya TV)  — President Trump & the first lady will get a massive welcome on his visit to Gujarat next week, where 150,000 people are expected to attend ‘Namaste Trump.’ It’s expected to be an even grander event than ‘Howdy Modi’ in Houston, where 50,000 people greeted Prime Minister Modi. A delegation of business leaders from the U.S. are also headed to India for a series of events in New Delhi.

The 17th annual India Conference at Harvard brought more than 1000 people to the Kennedy School of Government and Harvard’s Business School including a long list of luminaries in business, politics and entertainment. And only on Diya TV, we have exclusive conversations with Indian unicorn CEOs Ankiti Bose of Zilingo and Ritesh Agarwal of OYO.

Roseville Police in California say a taxi driver, Rajbir Singh, saved an elderly passenger in his cab from giving a scammer $25,000. The 92 year old told Singh she was about to withdraw the money to settle a debt with the IRS. It sounded like a scam to Singh, who asked the woman to reconsider, even detouring to a police station to help convince her not to withdraw her money. Eventually, she decided not to proceed. Roseville Police say Singh should be honored with a “great citizen award.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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