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VP of India’s Congress party Rahul Gandhi speaks at UC Berkeley

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Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi spoke at UC Berkeley on Sept. 11. (Diya TV file photo)

BERKELEY, Calif. (Diya TV) — Indian Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi spoke to UC Berkeley students at the sold-out “India at 70: Reflections on the Path Forward” event at the University’s Chevron Auditorium on Sept. 11.

Speaking on his vision for India and where the country is headed, the 47-year-old was welcomed at the San Francisco International airport by Overseas Congress chairman Sam Pitroda and President of Indian National Overseas Congress U.S. Shudh Singh.

The event, organized by the university’s Institute for South Asia Studies and Institute of International Studies, saw Ghandi offer his reflections on contemporary India and the path forward for the world’s largest democracy. He follows in the footsteps of his great grandfather, Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, who delivered a historic speech at Berkeley in 1949.

Gandhi started his remarks by addressing 9/11 and paying homage to those who lost their lives on that day then began addressing a wide variety of topics.

“Everybody knows that something has gone very wrong in the system. And the right-wing politicians are saying go there and pick up the fish. And people are sort of looking at the simple answers. They are looking at the simple answers but, you are not going to get results from these simple answers. And this is one of the reasons I have come here. This is a tremendous institution but this institution believes in a liberal ideology, it believes in discussions, it believes in listening to people, it believes in conversations. And, you have a tremendous history and I respect that history.”

“India is a massive country. It is also one of the world’s most complex countries. Every time you think you have understood India, she will reveal something new to you. In fact, I would venture to say anyone who thinks he understands India is a fool … The idea of nonviolence or ahimsa, as we call it in India, is what allows this huge mass of people to rise up together. Uniting India’s religion, castes and languages would simply be impossible without it. It is this idea that Mahatma Gandhi fashioned into a powerful but beautiful political weapon.”

Gandhi went on his approximately 15-minute address, quoting the likes of Cesar Chavez, tackling several issues including healthcare, technology, reducing poverty and sustained economic growth and job creation. Though focusing mostly on positive things looking forward, he did tackle things that are not going well.

“I have given you the positives. But before I end, I need to tell you what can go dangerously wrong. Our strength so far has been that we have done all this peacefully. What can destroy our momentum is the opposite energy. Hatred, anger and violence and the politics of polarization which has raised its ugly head in India today. Violence

and hatred distract people from the task at hand … The politics of hate divides and polarizes India making millions of people feel that they have no future in their own country. In today’s connected world, this is extremely dangerous. It isolates people and makes them vulnerable to radical ideas.”

Gandhi travels to Los Angeles next and is expected to speak in New York on September 20.

Gandhi, who has often been critical of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was met with a protest at the University organized by Sikhs For Justice.

You can watch the complete speech here.

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Indian Amb. Sandhu greets USIBC in Washington

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — New Indian ambassador to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu held court with business leaders involved with the U.S.-India Business Council and gave a preview of what to expect when President Trump meets with Prime Minister Modi later this month in India.

The annual Harvard India Conference takes place this weekend and Diya TV is a proud media partner for this event that will host a slew of well known Indian tycoons, political figures and folks working on social change.

With this large student-run India-focused conference taking place this weekend, the host city of Cambridge, Massachusetts became the second town in America to pass a resolution asking India to repeal the recently enacted Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and stop the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC).

And with the college baseball season about to start, we will take you back to what some say is the greatest performance in college baseball history. Indian American student athlete Kumar Rocker at just 19 years old, pitched a 19 strikeout no hitter to save Vanderbilt’s season on their way to winning the 2019 College World Series. Rocker is now a sophomore and is considered one of baseball’s top pitching prospects.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Accused Mumbai terror ‘mastermind’ gets 5 year sentence

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Diya TV)  — A Pakistani court sentenced the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, one of the regions most notorious militant groups, Hafiz Saeed, to five and a half years’ prison in a case related to terrorism financing.

Saeed also stands accused of being the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed more than 160 people, a charge he denies. 

Saeed faces six additional anti-terrorism charges. 

His conviction comes days before Pakistan faces a possible blacklisting by the International Community for harboring terrorism and criminal financing that could isolate Pakistan’s economy from the international banking system.

The Indian Consulate in San Francisco & TiE Silicon Valley welcomed a delegation from the Indian State of Chhattisgarh, led by their Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. We go in depth with the Chief Minister about why he felt it was important to tell Indian Americans about investment opportunities in his State and how it compares with other Indian states looking for the same support.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Sri Srinivasan becomes Chief Judge of D.C. Circuit Court

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Judge Sri Srinivasan is now the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which is regarded as the second most powerful court in America outside of the Supreme Court. He replaces Merrick Garland, who at 65 years old by rule, can no longer hold that position. The 52 year old Srinivasan becomes the first Asian American ever to serve as chief judge for a circuit court in the United States.

Manga Anantatmula (“Aa-nanta-moola”) announced she is running for Congress as a Republican, vying for the 11th Congressional District in Virginia, a seat that’s long been a Democratic stronghold. Anantatmula (“Aa-nanta-moola”) is a federal government defense contractor, who is known for battling discrimination of Indian Americans by Ivy League schools, claiming 25% more Indian American students were admitted in 2019 as a result of her efforts.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in New Delhi won a resounding 62 out of 70 seats in local Legislative Assembly elections, securing another term in office for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kerjriwal. While the BJP won eight seats, five more than the last election in 2015, the AAP win is seen as a rejection by many analysts of Prime Minister Modi’s policies in the city where he resides. The Congress Party, which ruled Delhi government from 1998 to 2013, failed to win even one seat.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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