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Indian American Mona Das Running For Washington Congress

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Democrat Mona Das is the latest Indian American to declare candidacy for U.S. Congressional office.

SEATTLE (Diya TV) — Democrat Mona Das is the latest Indian American to declare candidacy for U.S. Congressional office.

The 45-year-old follows in the steps of Indian Americans Aruna Miller, Hiral Tipirneni and Anita Malik who announced their respective bids earlier this year. Das will be vying to unseat a Republican seat, being vacated by Dave Reichert, the retiring seven-term incumbent in Washington’s 8th Congressional District.

“Mona Das offers a fresh, dedicated voice for Washington’s working families. Mona’s bold, independent spirit and collaborative approach to solving tough problems is a refreshing change for voters in Washington’s 8th Congressional District,” says Das’ official campaign website.

“I am honored and excited to be running for Congress from the 8th District as a Democrat. Sitting on the sidelines is no longer an option. It’s time we come together to chart a course for our future that is powerful and inclusive,” says Das on the site.

Das says she is “as comfortable speaking with tech leaders and union workers as she is with farmers and ranchers who call Central Washington home” and “believes that the people of the 8th District deserve a Congressional representative who knows that on three of our most important issues, more unites us than separates us.”

Those three issues, Das says, ate healthcare, economic development and sustaining quality of life.

The first-generation American immigrated to the U.S. when she was only eight months old. She says her family traveled to the U.S. with only $6 in their pocket and a desire to build better lives for their family.

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Das earned a BA in psychology from the University of Cincinnati and later went back to school, earning an MBA in sustainable business from Pinchot University (now Presidio Graduate School).

After serving in the tech industry for a number of years, Das launched MOXY Mortgage in 2004, a “mortgage business focused on educating and empowering first-time homebuyers.” The company is inspired by Das’ “passion for helping people who were underserved by other home loan providers.” MOXY Mortgage garnered a Five-Star Mortgage Professional Award every year since the award’s inception. It serves all 50 states.

Among the community organizations Das is involved with include the Women’s Business Exchange, Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future, Mulnomah County Advisory Committee on Sustainability & Innovation and A Social Ignition. She is a Board member on most of these organizations.

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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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