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Kansas community mourns the murder of Indian-American Dr. Achutha Reddy

Kansas community mourns the murder of Indian-American Dr. Achutha Reddy

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57-year-old Indian-American Dr. Achutha Reddy was murdered near his psychiatric practice in Kansas,

WICHITA, Kans. (Diya TV) — As colleagues and patients learn of the murder of Indian-American Dr. Achutha Reddy, mourning is overflowing a Kansas community.

According to local media reports, the 57-year-old Reddy was a well respected psychiatrist. “He had a real passion for helping people with mental illness,” said Episcopal Social Services Executive Director Barbara Andres. Andres worked alongside Reddy for several years.

Reddy, an American Board Certified Psychiatrist for more than 20 years was a doctor for many members of the Breakthrough Club – a social and vocational program for persons with mental illness. Reddy practiced in Wichita for more than two decades, opening his own practice in 2003.

“The Medical Society is heartbroken over the loss of Dr. Reddy,” Denis Knight, president of the Medical Society of Sedgwick County said in a statement.

Patients have shared memories as well, including 37-year-old Maria Williams, a patient of Dr. Reddy’s for eight years. “We would talk about our relationship, our children, how I could deal with the PTSD of my first husband dying,” Williams said. Williams began seeing Reddy after experiencing flashbacks, stating  Reddy helped her open up about the incident. “Happy, I was happy because I had some issues I was dealing with and I needed to take care of them,” Williams said.

Andres says Reddy’s services will be greatly missed.

“He had a good size clinic so those patients are going to have to be shifted into other practices and that’s going to take some time and people are going to be nervous and they’re grieving the loss of their doctor,” Andres said. “My guess is some people will fall through the cracks and that’s our biggest concern. That’s why we are really working together.”

Andres says mental health workers – case managers, employment people, support people, “have a lot of work to do along with the psychiatry to work together to get people served … Now it’s filling the gap and helping people grieve and helping people go forward and remembering the good words that Dr. Reddy gave them and remembering they need to focus on wellness and they need to focus on their mental health.”

Reddy was a psychiatrist at Holistic Psychiatric Services in Wichita. According to the clinic’s website, Holistic Psychiatric Services’ mission is to “provide patients with quality holistic mental health care with competence, compassion and integrity.”

A 21-year-old client of Reddy, Umar Rashid Dutt of Wichita, is accused of stabbing Reddy multiple times in the alley behind Reddy’s office, according to the Wichita Police Department. Dutt’s bond was set to $1 million.

Reddy graduated from medical school in Osmania, India in 1986. He interned at St. Louis University and completed his residency at the Kansas University School of Medicine-Wichita before making it his permanent home.

Information from The Wichita Eagle contributed to this article.

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — Former Vice President Joe Biden and California Senator Kamala Harris delivered remarks in their first joint press conference in Biden’s home state of Delaware. They will be formally nominated next week as the Democratic ticket challenging President Trump in November. Biden lauded Harris as the child of “America’s story” who fought for the working class and was ready to take on their opponents in this “life-changing election.” 

And Harris presented Biden as a selfless leader ready to take on President Trump in November.

A key demographic both the Trump and Biden campaigns will make an effort to appeal to in the coming weeks are Indian American voters in Pennsylvania and Michigan. The number of voters of Indian descent in those states are greater in 2020 than Trump’s margin of victory four years ago. And with Harris now in the race, political analysts say Indian Americans will be a determining factor in the outcome.

Biden & Harris annouce platform for their Presidential run.

After a month of verification and certifications, Rik Mehta is officially the winner of the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey, topping Hirsh Singh. The former U.S. Food and Drug Administration official Mehta defeated Singh by just over 8,000 votes.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Harris named as Biden’s VP pick, first Indian American

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — It’s not a complete surprise, but it’s historic nonetheless – former Vice President Joe Biden named California Senator Kamala Harris to his Presidential ticket. Next week, they will take the virtual stage at the Democratic National Convention as the challengers to President Trump and Vice President Pence in November. Harris, who is Black and Indian American, will be the first Asian American to be on a presidential ticket. We will have a full rundown of her career and why she overcame challengers like Senator Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Val Demings for the post. And we’ll go in depth on the effect her candidacy will have on the Indian American voter, a group that has long voted Democratic, but is actively being courted by Republicans, led by President Trump.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues globally, the numerical milestones continue to stun. There are now 20 million cases reported around the world. The total afflicted in the United States is now over 5 million, with more than 164,000 deaths.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Joe Biden picks Indian American Senator Kamala Harris for VP

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden announced today his running make will be Indian American Senator from California, Sen. Kamala Harris. This etches a moment within the halls of the United States’ history, as Harris now becomes the first Indian American & first woman of color to be a Vice Presidential candidate for a major party. 
Sen. Harris talks to Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur about AAPI engagement in the upcoming elections

A daughter of Jamaican & Indian immigrants, Sen. Harris has been a stalwart within the democratic party. It wasn’t too long ago she annouced her very own presidential bid in her hometown of Oakland, California. However she dropped out of the race early on, and many speculated then she would be the VP candidate for a Biden Harris ticket. 

With major news organizations identifying her as ‘Black’, ‘African American’, many wonder if Sen. Harris identifies as Indian American. Each time she spoke with Diya TV she referred to her Indian roots proudly and fondly reminisced her childhoold growing up with a Jamaican father & a South Indian mother. 

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