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Exclusive: Ohio State Rep. Niraj Antani on politics as a ‘real reality TV show’

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — As part of “The Public Interest with Ravi Kapur,” Republican state Rep. Niraj Antani of the 42nd district in Ohio discussed his focus as a state official amidst the whirlwind 2018 midterms.

Q: How do you position yourself to reach out to those independents and those folks that look at things nationally differently, but they also want someone to look after them at home?

A: Obviously, the President is a controversial figure. Republicans love him, democrats hate him. My focus is on solving problems. At the end of the day, we have to solve problems. I think the President’s tax reform was a good thing. There are things that he does that I agree with. There are things that he does that I don’t agree with. But as a state official, my focus is on doing my job and serving my constituents. I think that not only in our community, but in all communities, we need a little less partisan grandstanding and a little more problem solving. Unfortunately I think the partisan grandstanding is at its best … politics has sort of become a real reality TV show. But being a real reality TV show means that it affects real people. So my focus is on trying to solve the problems that we have with over-taxation, overregulation, a workforce development crisis and the many other problems that we face.

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EXCLUSIVE: Fremont PD and FOG confirm Independence Day Parade cancelled over security, permitting

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FREMONT, Calif. (Diya TV) — Fremont Police Department and FOG organizers confirm the annual Indian Independence Day parade, scheduled for this Sunday, is cancelled due to permitting and security concerns. FOG will still take place this weekend, minus the parade. Here’s our initial report on FOG security from earlier this week.

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Rep. Suozzi apologizes over Kashmir letter to Pompeo

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Democratic Congressman Tom Suozzi represents New York’s 3rd Congressional District, a diverse region with a large contingent of Pakistani and Indian Americans. After meeting with a group of Pakistani constituents upset about India’s change in approach towards Kashmir, he wrote a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to prioritize Kashmir. 

Now he’s backtracked from those remarks, issuing a new statement to apologize after meeting with Indian American constituents, saying he should have “framed [his] concerns differently.”

A Pakistani-American audience member at BeautyCon got the attention she was seeking for Kashmir when she publicly accused Indian actress Priyanka Chopra during a question and answer session of “encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan.” Ayesha Malik says she did not intend to challenge Chopra at the event, but wanted know why Priyanka tweeted ‘Jai Hind’ after tensions flared up in Kashmir when terrorists from Pakistan killed 40 Indian soldiers. Chopra, who is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, dismissed Malik’s accusation, but is being criticized for being hypocritical and the tone and manner of the denial.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Gandhi celebrations take place in Atlanta, Bay Area

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ATLANTA (Diya TV) — The Indian Consulate in Atlanta, along with the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) unveiled a bust of Mahatma Gandhi, one of the many celebrations that will mark his 150th birth anniversary this year. 

In the Bay Area, a full day symposium on Gandhi was put together, highlighted by civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers along with Cesar Chavez.

Sonia Gandhi is back to lead the Congress Party as interim president, almost two years after she resigned. Her son Rahul resigned as party president recently after Prime Minister Modi was re-elected decisively. 

The federal budget deficit grew to $868 billion in the first 10 months of the new fiscal year. Not only is that a 27% increase from the same period one year ago, it’s the largest deficit since 2012. The annual deficit is expected to hit $1 trillion annually in 2022.

And while the debate over Kashmir rages on, Discovery in India premiered an Indian wilderness special featuring Prime Minister Modi. While the goal was to create awareness about animal conservation & environmental change, critics remark Modi’s environmental record is leaves much to be desired.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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