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Ash Khare, the Indian-American elector who stood up against Trump Critics

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Pennsylvania’s 20 electors casted their votes at the state’s House chambers.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — When Ash Khare left India for greener pastures in the United States, he departed with two bachelor’s degrees and $8 in his pocket. Today, he has 45 patents, published a multitude of papers and is a member of the electoral college voters.

Khare has become a pseudo celebrity lately after he became the face of defiance to the calls for deserting Donald Trump in the electoral college vote.

On his way home from the vote Monday, the 68-year-old immigrant from Kanpur prepared himself for two nightly rituals he’s come to dread: checking his mailbox and email. On a daily basis, Khare said he receives at least 6,000 emails regarding the election and its winner, Donald Trump. He said he’s received another 17,000 calls, and so many pieces of mail that his local post station was required to assign him a private deliveryman.

When he shared some of the letters he’s received with law enforcement, a plainclothes officer was assigned to protect him.

“What am I supposed to do with all of these?” Some of the thousands of letters Khare has received. Photo courtesy: CNN

People were writing to him from all over the country, Khare said, and the world — Germany, UK, France, Australia and, he remembered clearly, Costa Rica — urging the Republican Elector to not vote for Trump.

“One seven-year-old girl called to say she was scared of Trump,” he told CNN. “How the hell can a seven year old girl be scared of Donald Trump, you tell me.”

Another woman called to say her father survived the Holocaust and now she was scared of Donald Trump. “Lady, I told her, what do you want me to do about it,” he said.

“This is harassment,” Khare claimed, assigning blame to the Clinton campaign for using their vast resources to broadcast a message with the “dumbest, stupid ideas” to their donors in an attempt to explain why the Democratic nominee lost the election. This despite the phenomenal amount of money she spent.

But Khare, who has been a Republican for decades, wouldn’t budge on his vote. He was one of the 538 electors who voted in the electoral college, and the only Indian American among them who voted for the billionaire real estate mogul, he said. Trump won the electoral college vote by a final tally of 304-227.

Khare has recently emerged as a vocal opponent of those who were working for Trump’s defeat in the electoral college election.

“I am doing my duty,” Khare said. “I am for Mr. Trump. I am for his agenda. I am totally excited. The way he his picking his cabinet, the way he is doing his thing. I believe the greatest days of this country are yet to come. And I am glad I am alive to be able to see it.”

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FTX’s Nishad Singh got $543 million loan

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More fallout from the FTX cryptocurrency platform collapse. Court documents show its affiliate Alameda Research loaned executives like Sam Bankman Fried $1 billion and more than $500 million to Indian American Nishad Singh, FTX’s top engineer. FTX’s interim CEO says never in his career has he seen such complete failure of corporate controls and a complete absence of trustworthy financial information. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after it was unable to come up with customer funds.

Elizabeth Holmes was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison after her conviction in January for defrauding investors while running the failed blood testing start up Theranos.In her trial, Holmes alleged she was in the midst of a decade-long abusive relationship with her then-boyfriend and Theranos COO Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani. The Indian American was also found guilty for his role in this fraud and will be sentenced later.

Starting next month, India will assume the G20 presidency for a year and chair more than 200 meetings, leading the way for global economic growth. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his country’s leadership here will be inclusive, ambitious, and decisive.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Arvind Venkat & Tarik Khan win Pennsylvania State seats

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WASHINGTON D.C. (Diya TV) – Looking back at the midterm elections, Arvind Venkat and Tarik Khan made history as the first South Asian Americans elected to the Pennsylvania State Legislature. Advocacy group Indian American Impact played a major role on the ground, saying it trained and mobilized 200 volunteers to go door-to-door, to engage voters and provide info they needed to elect new leadership.

After 35 years, the Nancy Pelosi era is officially coming to an end. The speaker from San Francisco announced she’s bowing out of leadership, but will retain her House seat. The midterms cost Pelosi’s Democratic party the House and effectively ended her speakership.

Two former Indian American executives at Meta Platforms will launch a new non fungible token start up for creators. Kirthiga Reddy and Saurabh Doshi have raised more than $8 million for their new company called Virtualness. But they are facing headwinds as the FTX cryptocurrency exchange collapse is putting pressure on the entire industry.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Meet FTX insider Nishad Singh

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The controversy around failed cryptocurrency exchange FTX continues to captivate the world. Part of the scrutiny is now on the people involved, including Indian American Nishad Singh. According to new reports, this techie was part of FTX’s inner circle, which lived together and ran the cryptocurrency empire from the Bahamas. The software engineer was also reportedly aware that FTX secretly transferred customer funds worth billions of dollars to its sister firm Alameda Research. Currently, no one is facing any criminal charges. Diya TV featured Singh more than a decade ago for running ultra marathons as a 17 year old getting ready for college. 

Former President Donald Trump has officially announced he is running for president in 2024, marking his third bid for the White House. Trump had been hinting at this announcement for months, as the embattled former president faces multiple criminal and civil litigations and as his party is grappling with a worse than expected showing in the midterm elections. 

At the G20 Summit in Bali, world leaders including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Joe Biden are coming together to condemn the rising threat of nuclear weapons as Russia’s war against Ukraine continues to raise tension and anxiety around the world.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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