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American Hindu Coalition: Another Hindu American organization that seeks to unify Hindus in America

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American Hindu Coalition members meet with White House political director Brian Jack. Credit: American Hindu Coalition Facebook Page

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — An organization launched by a group of influential Hindu Americans, the majority of whom are of Indian descent, aspires to emerge as a political platform for Hindus across the country regardless of their ethnic origin. In America, currently there are two prominent Hindu organization the Hindu American Foundation, rooted in advocacy and providing support to the victims of hate crime and the Republican Hindu Coalition, credited with the election and conversion of Hindu Democrats to Republicans in the 2016 election.

Now a third group seeks to unify the Hindu American community through political outreach to Democrats and Republicans. The American Hindu Coalition will not be formally inaugurated until May, but the group has launched a website and started raising funds online. The group’s leadership is comprised of Republicans, but will stress a bipartisan platform that will bring together Democrats, independents and anyone who believes in “Hindu enlightenment principles,” Shekhar Tewari, chairman of the organization, said.

“The primary aim of the AHC is to represent Hindus in America who are U.S citizens, not all of them from India. Hindu Americans are from all nationalities. Americans who have been here for five or ten generations also convert to Hinduism. We want to represent them as well,” Sue Ghosh, legal counsel for the AHC, told The Hindu.

Ghosh, an American-born Hindu, was an early and ardent supporter of President Donald Trump. She was charged by the Trump campaign with selecting delegates representing Maryland at last year’s Republican National Convention. Tewari has been an active member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS which many claim is a right-wing political element in the complex landscape of Indian politics. Tewari  is also known publicly as an early supporter of the Republican Party.

He thinks the notion of being classified as “Indian American” does not bode well with the American populous.

“For the Hindus to be part of the mainstream of American politics, they have to give up this notion of being ‘Indian’ Americans. That signals mixed loyalties. Religion is constitutionally protected in America and that can be the legitimate the basis of organization,” he said.

The AHC says the organization is not to be confused with the Republican Hindu Coalition, which carries more of a party message.

“The RHC is limited to the Republican Party. We will reach out to Democrats and independents, whoever is willing to support our platform,” said John Jaggers, Strategic Advisor of the AHC.

The organization plans to open an office in the nation’s capital and appoint full-time staff to organize events with U.S. lawmakers, executive officials and regulators. “Limited governance and strong national defense are our priority. We believe in economic nationalism and we wish to invest in America and make America strong. On the other side we support strong national defense based on the principle of peace through strength,” Ghosh said. “And Hindu values are family values, that we support.”

The AHC will advocate strong strategic relations between the U.S and India, Ghosh said.

“There is a convergence between the two countries, both in terms of threats and interests,” she said.

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Rishi Sunak joins PM race to replace Boris Johnson in U.K.

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LONDON (Diya TV) — British Indian Politician Rishi Sunak has officially joined the race to replace Boris Johnson as Prime Minister. If Sunak is elected, he would become the UK’s first Asian Prime Minister. 

Sunak, 42, started his career as a politician in 2015 as he became a member of Parliament after working for Goldman Sachs and 2 hedge funds up to that point. He officially became chancellor in February 2020. While serving the chancellor position, his response to the COVID-19 pandemic has received acclaim as he launched multiple emergency spending programs to combat the economic downfall while Britain was on lockdown. 

Sunak resigned from the Chancellor position recently due to the conflict between him and Johnson. Shortly after, he jumpstarted his campaign to be Britain’s Prime Minister and supplant Johnson. While has gotten support from Conservative lawmakers, his reputation did take a hit this year. 

During the pandemic, Sunak was caught and fined for breaking Britain’s lockdown rules which did not sit well with citizens. This could make a difference when it comes to voting for the new leader of the country. However, the general consensus is that Sunak should garner a lot of support from lawmakers and citizens alike as he looks to make history.

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Shinzo Abe dies after being shot at campaign speech in Nara

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has passed away at the age of 67 after being shot in an assassination attempt during a campaign speech in the city of Nara. The assassination took place at approximately 11:30 Japan Standard Time on July 8. Abe was reported to be in a state of “cardiopulmonary arrest” after the gunfire and he passed away due to his injuries. 

Abe was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister and throughout his time in office, he strived to improve the Japan-India relationship and he handily achieved this goal through improved security cooperation. Japan was also able to connect with and form bilateral links with the United States, Australia and India under his control. Abe’s initiative to make these strategic links ultimately deepened the respective relationships between the foreign countries for the long term. 

On the day he was fatally shot, Abe was making a speech on the behalf of a Democratic Party candidate as the upper house elections were quickly approaching. Abe was shot from behind him up to 3 times and he collapsed on the spot. He was transported to the local hospital but showed no vital signs. Thereafter, Abe passed away.

The shooter has been taken into custody, being caught in the act, and has been identified as Tetsuya Yamagami, a 41-year-old local of Nara. US Ambassador Rahm Emanuel released a statement on the shooting, stating the United States was “saddened and shocked.”

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Sharks make Mike Grier the first Black GM in NHL history

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SAN JOSE (Diya TV) — There is a changing of the guard in San Jose and one that has made NHL history.

The San Jose Sharks have formally announced Mike Grier as their new General Manager, making the 14-year NHL veteran the first African-American to hold such a position over the NHL’s lengthy history. After the resignation of former GM Doug Wilson and the relieving of previous head coach Bob Boughner and his coaching staff, wholesale changes were bound to happen. The franchise, still without a Stanley Cup, hopes to move in a new direction and regain the success they once had.

Grier is part of a family of sports executives as his father, Bobby, has worked as a director of scouting and player personnel with the NFL’s New England Patriots while his brother, Chris, is currently the GM of the Miami Dolphins. The new Sharks GM will follow in his family’s footsteps after playing professional hockey for more than a decade. 

As a member of the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks, Grier played a total of 1060 games across 14 years. After retiring in 2011, he sought out coaching roles with the Chicago Blackhawks, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers, before ultimately getting the monumental callback from the San Jose Sharks which would change NHL history. 

One of the primary tasks for Grier as a GM will be finding a new head coach for a franchise in search of stability on the bench. From there, the rebuild will be strenuous with many current Sharks players getting older with the need to infuse younger talent. The Sharks will be picking at 11th overall in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, affording Grier the opportunity to select a potential franchise cornerstone.

After being sunk in no man’s land, the Sharks decided to make a large-scale change to create a new identity and reach the goal of lifting Lord Stanley for the first time.

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