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Pramila Jayapal and Raja Krishnamoorthi challenge Trump and Republican Hindu Coalition

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Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal vowed to fight President Trump’s immigration ban.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Two Indian-American lawmakers in Congress, along with two former top Obama administration diplomats, have launched a nationwide effort to oppose what they believe to be the “unlawful, unconstitutional, and un-American” executive order that was signed by President Trump last Friday.

Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Raja Krishnamoorthi, joined by former Obama administration officials and leaders of the Indian-American community are urging those across the nation to stand united and fight against the order.

They delivered their message in a conference organized by the Asian American Pacific Islander Victory Fund Tuesday. Jayapal has emerged as one of the national voices in the fight against Trump’s executive order.

“Last week’s executive orders on immigration has thrown the country to chaos,” she said. The president’s attack on the immigrant and refugee community ignores everything that’s great about America, she said.

“This is not normal and it is not constitutional. It also makes us far less safe as a country,” she said. “It undermines our place in the world as global compassionate democratic leader.”

Jayapal also lashed out at the Republican Hindu Coalition for supporting the president’s order.

“Today, a group calling itself as Republican Hindu Coalition will announce its support for un-American executive orders,” she said. “And to them I would say, shame. Shame for trying to divide the Indian-American community. As a Hindu, I can tell you that this group does not represent the much much larger Indian American community that honor our birth countries commitment to religious freedom and democracy.”

She said the coalition does not represent the populous.

“The Republican Hindu Coalition does not represent us. As Indian Americans, I can tell you, we believe deeply in pluralism, in freedom of religion, in freedom of speech and in a democratic diverse society.”

The executive order issued by Trump is “an assault on the United States constitution. It hurts economy and working families and it divides Americana and not unify them,” Krishnamoorthi, a Congressman from Illinois, said.

“I am proud to be Indian American, I am proud to be Hindu American and I am proud to be an immigrant,” he said.

Diya TV will air an exclusive interview with Shalabh “Shalli” Kumar, founder of the Republican Hindu Coalition, this weekend on “The Public Interest.”

Here’s an interview conducted with Mr. Kumar by Ravi Kapur just hours after Donald Trump was declared the winner of the Presidential Election.

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Indian Americans jump into congressional races

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The latest numbers show more Indian Americans than ever are running for Congress. In the last six years, nearly 80 candidates made it on the ballot, soaring far beyond numbers seen in past elections. Leading the wave are successful candidates from California, like Kamala Harris, who rose from a Senate seat to become vice president. Helping those numbers, Indians Americans are also one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the country.  

Nisha Ramachandran is the new Executive Director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the first Indian American to serve in this role.  Ramachandran most recently managed her own consulting business focused on AAPI advocacy. She’ll be working closely with Congresswoman Judy Chu who chairs the group to further Asian American causes and initiatives. 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the people of Telangana after the Kakatiya Rudreshwara Ramappa Temple was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The PM also urged citizens to visit the temple which was built during the rule of the Kakatiya dynasty.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Blinken begins India visit, Afghanistan top issue

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — US secretary of state Antony Blinken begins his two-day India visit on Tuesday hoping to engage the nation on issues such as the Covid-19 response, human rights, and democracy. The American troop pullout in Afghanistan will also be a key issue. India is concerned about the implications of the withdrawal and the need for sustained pressure on Pakistan over issues like terror financing.

And India’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics goes to Mirabai Chanu. She won silver in Women’s weight lifting. Chanu’s Olympic preparations were hindered by injuries and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic but she still beat the odds and is being praised back home.

Tesla may open a factory in India. But CEO Elon Musk says only if the cars receive a good response in that marketplace. The company has already been hiring talent in the country. But Musk also hinted at some downsides to opening overseas, citing India’s import duty tax is the highest in the world for a large country.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Shrina Kurani announces CA congressional campaign

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SACRAMENTO (Diya TV) — Indian American Democrat Shrina Kurani is running for Congress in California’s 42nd district and is preparing to take on 15-year Republican incumbent Ken Calvert. Kurani is a mechanical engineer and entrepreneur and says she’s running to create more sustainable jobs in her community and to take on the status quo in Washington DC.

More than 30 interfaith organizations in the U.S. are urging the State Department to sanction India and designate it as a country of “particular concern”. Their resolution claims that the Indian government is promoting policies that lead to the persecution of religious minorities, especially Muslims.
Despite growing concern over rising Covid-19 cases in Japan, the 2021 Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony got underway. India is sending its largest ever contingent to the Olympics with120 athletes competing across 85 events.  The country hopes to win medals for shooting, wrestling, boxing, archery and badminton.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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