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North Carolina Senator Jay Chaudhuri to host summit for political engagement



Jay Chaudhuri
Jay Chaudhuri

Indian-American Senator Jay Chaudhuri (D-North Carolina) will host the Indian-American Gen Z Summit for Political Engagement at Elon University School of Law on Sept. 23.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Indian American Senator Jay Chaudhuri (D-North Carolina) will host the Indian-American Gen Z Summit for Political Engagement at Elon University School of Law on Sept. 23.

The summit is being organized to “connect young North Carolina Indian-Americans who want to engage in the political process at the state and local level.” The event registration page says #IAGENZSUMMIT “will inspire attendees to speak up and get involved with our community, explore public service as a career option through interactions with several North Carolina public servants at the event, and meet other young Indian-Americans trying to make a difference in the same way.”

Among the elected officials speaking at the event include Representative Chaz Beasley of Charlotte, Senator Gladys Robinson of Greensboro, Morrisville Mayor Pro Tem Steve Rao, Morrisville Mayor Satish Garimella and Charlotte City Council Member Dimple Ajmera.

The summit will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23 at Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Chaudhuri, the first Indian-American elected to the North Carolina General Assembly is one of the youngest members of the Senate. Areas he has focused on include equality in educational excellence for school and students, building a healthier middle class, returning the state government to the people and fostering more compassion.

According his website, he “is a progressive problem solver.” He served as senior attorney to Attorney General Roy Cooper and State Treasurer Janet Cowell. Among his goals are making education a priority again, including fighting for better teacher pay. He claims to stand up against the Tea Party and right-wing Republicans and “will lead the fight to protect a woman’s right to choose, push for stronger gun control laws, and always stand up for North Carolina children and families.”

As General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor to Cowell, Chaudhuri helped recover almost $100 million into pension and escheat funds.  Specifically, he played a key role in uncovering alleged wrongdoing that led to eight investment managers paying the pension fund back $15 million and imposing tougher ethical standards.

He also led efforts in establishing the first-ever Innovation Fund, a $230 million fund dedicated to support and invest in businesses with significant operations in North Carolina.

He recently served as Chair of the Council of Institutional Investors, an association of pension funds with combined assets of more than $3 trillion that “serves as the leading voice for effective corporate governance and strong shareholder rights.”  He also served on the Harvard Institutional Investor Advisory Board. He helped lead an investigation by all 50 Attorneys Generals that resulted in a landmark agreement with MySpace and Facebook, to better protect children from Internet predators.

He also played a key role in developing the Attorney General’s school safety kit that helps every school in North Carolina prepare for school shootings.

Among his laurels include being honored with the Marvin Award by the National Association of Attorneys General, given to an individual who furthers that association’s goals and Citizens Lawyer award from the North Carolina Bar Association, given to lawyers who provide exemplary service to their communities.

Chaudhuri graduated from Davidson College, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and North Carolina Central University School of Law with honors.

Born in Chattanooga, he is the son of immigrants.


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Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Over 200 Indian American organizations express concerns over Rep. Ro Khanna’s Pakistan caucus membership



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Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Howdy, Modi! How come Texas?



Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak in Houston

HOUSTON (Diya TV) — For world leaders, shaking hands with President Donald Trump has become a practice akin to the elaborate military drill on Wagah border. Not so much for Prime Minster Narendra Modi. The Trump-Modi camaraderie of banters, hugs, and viral hand-slapping is one more reason that the 50,000 strong crowd is excited to witness the historic ‘Howdy Modi’ community summit on September 22.

A community summit is just that: leaders of the community, politicians, corporates and all supporters of a common cause coming together to collaborate and celebrate. With the tagline ‘Shared Dreams, Bright Futures,’ the event will promote relations that go beyond the ‘America First’ and ‘Make in India’ policies that have often strained diplomatic encounters between the two countries. There couldn’t have been a better venue than Houston, Texas, for all purposes of this event

Slick for Oil

As the second largest state in the U.S., by population and GDP, Texas has significant trade relations with India. India is Houston’s 4th largest trading partner—just behind Brazil, China, and Mexico. The biggest exports from Texas are chemicals, petroleum, and coal. With constantly rising all prices, energy security is a major concern for the Prime Minister. Tellurian, natural gas company headquartered in Houston, is one of the major sponsors of the event.

Indian Diaspora’s ‘Shared Dreams’

The greater Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth areas have a thriving Indian American community with influential presence across various sectors of the economy. It is a significant voting bank for the Republican governed state to influence for the 2020 elections.

“At a time in the world where there is so much disunity, I think promoting unity between people and cultures in the world is a great thing,” says Robert Adams, a cross cultural training consultant and YouTuber (Chai & Coaching)  Over 150,000 Indian Americans live in the Houston metro area alone. Socio-cultural ties are a dominant way in which the community preserves its heritage while away from India. The cultural events preceding Modi’s address will showcase performances executed entirely by the Indian American community.

Indian Students, the ‘Bright Future’

Several Indian student associations in the US have partnered with the organizers, Texas India Forum, for the event. “The atmosphere in UT Dallas is pretty electric at this point. 6 to 8 buses will be leaving Sunday morning.” says Anirudh Ashok, a student at UT Dallas.

Regardless of political outcomes, this community summit is historic in the ways it will determine a new narrative that emerges about the world’s largest democracy on a platform offered by the world’s oldest democracy.

“Today’s youth is very aware of all the politics. My friends who were not involved in politics have started reading more and realize that Mr. Modi is doing great things for the country,” says Ashok.

Many individuals and groups have chosen to ignore or protest the event. But for those who will be a part of this momentous event, and for Trump and Modi, the show must go on, literally.

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