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Kamala Devi Harris formally accepts nomination for VP

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Kamala Devi Harris formally accepts the democratic party nomination for VP at DNC 2020

MILWAUKEE (Diya TV) — As the nation got ready to take in Day 3 of this unprecedented Democratic Convention, history was made. Kamala Devi Harris became the first person of Indian American heritage to formally accept her nomination for Vice President.

Harris didn’t skip a beat before diving right into the structural racism of our society. She spoke of how little has changed since the 19th amendment was passed, “so many of the Black women who helped secure that victory were still prohibited from voting, long after its ratification.” The first female black and Indian-American VP nominee in history, she noted how these women, fighting for what was right, never gave up, which in turn “inspired us [as Americans] to pick up the torch, and fight on.” Later in her speech, she called on Americans to help defeat Donald Trump and fight for the ideals of this country, saying “You, me, and Joe — together.”

Harris started with her speech with her mother, an Indian immigrant whose shoulders she still stands on today. She spoke of her multiracial background, noting how her Indian mother and her Black father connected over the civil rights movement, and her “stroller’s-eye view of what the great John Lewis called good trouble.” Talking about the importance of family, she embraced her unconventional family, with a Black father, Indian mother, and a White husband. Reminiscing about her mother’s lessons, Harris remarked, “She raised us to be proud, strong Black women. And she raised us to know and be proud of our Indian heritage. She taught us to put family first—the family you’re born into and the family you choose.”.

“Donald Trump’s failure of leadership has cost lives and livelihoods…And we are a nation that’s grieving,” she said of the President and the nation. This hit home for numerous Americans, as the lives lost are family members: if not in one’s immediate family, then in our huge American family, our nation.

Transitioning to the numerous effects of systematic racism, Harris emphasized that minorities are disproportionately affected with the tragedies caused by the coronavirus. As a Black woman, she spoke directly to the inequality, inequities, and injustices, finally saying,

And let’s be clear—there is no vaccine for racism. We’ve gotta do the work. For George Floyd. For Breonna Taylor. For the lives of too many others to name. For our children. For all of us.

Kamala Harris, DNC Speech Day 3

This racism is ever-present today, attacking Presidents and Vice-Presidential nominees, namely the two black ones. Former President Barack Obama was attacked for a large part of his presidency by the ‘Birther Movement”, which questioned whether Barack Obama was an American citizen. After being nominated by Joe Biden for VP, Kamala Harris received this scrutiny as well. Her citizenship was questioned. And in her speech, Harris skillfully addressed this concern all while staying on message, “I keep thinking about that 25-year-old Indian woman—all of five feet tall—who gave birth to me at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland, California.”

Harris made history for over a billion people in this world who share her Indian heritage. She became the first person of Indian heritage to be nominated for Vice President of the United States by a major party. And come November, another historical milestone awaits, if the Biden Harris ticket wins.

The figure that preceded Harris as the first black person ever to receive a major-party nomination as President or VP, Barack Obama, also reminded America’s of the crises we face: not just systematic racism and the pandemic, but also the foundation of our country. Tonight, I am asking you to believe in Joe and Kamala’s ability to lead this country out of dark times and build it back better. But here’s the thing: no single American can fix this country alone.

Democracy was never meant to be transactional – you give me your vote; I make everything better. So I am also asking you to believe in your own ability – to embrace your own responsibility as citizens – to make sure that the basic tenets of our democracy endure. Because that’s what at stake right now. Our democracy.

Barack Obama, DNC Speech Day 3

The Democratic Convention will showcase the formal acceptance speech of Joe Biden on Day 4 along with a short speech from former Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy. Stay tuned for those and exclusive interviews on Diya TV through out the Democratic Convention.

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“Look at India. It’s filthy!” Trump exclaims during debate

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NASHVILLE (Diya TV) — Former Vice President Biden and President Trump held their second and final debate in Nashville. The tone of the event was markedly improved from the first debate, thanks largely because of a rule implemented that muted the microphone during dedicated speaking times. We’ll analyze the key moments, including when President Trump called China, India and Russia “filthy” when discussing climate change.

WATCH what the President said about India here:

President Trump claims “India is filthy!” at the Presidential Debate

The State of California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing voluntarily dismissed their federal lawsuit accusing Cisco Systems Inc. and two of their former employees of discriminating against an Indian American Dalit engineer. No explanation was given, but state officials said they will refile the matter in state court.

Dr. Mukul Chandra, a prominent cardiologist in the Toledo, Ohio area, has died from complications related to COVID-19. He was 57. 

Dr. Chandra was the medical director of Cardiac Preventive Care and Research at Miami Valley Hospital and received a plasma donation as a possible remedy for the virus. And hundreds of people around the globe offered their help.

WATCH the full debate here:

Last Presidential 2020 Debate between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Biden & Harris issue happy Navratri greetings

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris continue their efforts to court the Indian diaspora, as each issued Navratri greetings. Biden & his wife Jill sent their best wishes, tweeting “may good once again triumph over evil.” And Harris and her husband Doug added “may this holiday serve as an inspiration to…build a more inclusive and just America.”

But at the same time, Harris’ niece Meena deleted an image she posted of her auntie being depicted as Goddess Durga, which led to a petition asking her to apologize. Meena Harris is a lawyer, entrepreneur and daughter of Kamala Harris’ sister, Maya. The image she posted photoshopped Kamala Harris’ face onto Hindu Goddess Durga, showing Joe Biden as her lion and President Trump as a demon she slays.

The chances of finding Indian American professor Sam Dubal, who has been missing for nearly two weeks, appear to be waning. Dubal went on a backpacking trip near Mt. Rainier in Washington state and hasn’t been seen since. Authorities say cold and snowy weather is hampering their chances of finding the University of Washington professor.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Man stabbed during brawl at Sikh temple near Seattle

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RENTON, Wa. (Diya TV) — At least six people were injured and one of them was briefly hospitalized with stab wounds during a brawl at the Gurudwara Singh Sabha in Renton, Washington. Renton Police say at least 20 people at the temple were fighting when police arrived. Police added a similar incident happened last week at a Sikh temple in Kent, Washington. Sources tell Diya TV the skirmish was between people that were pro-India and folks that did not view India in a favorable light. No arrests were made.

The Quad military alliance is complete after Australia agreed to be part of the Malabar Exercise to be held in Bay of Bengal next month, joining the United States, India and Japan as part of the naval exercise.

As seen on Diya TV, the South Asian Bar Association held a Presidential Town Hall featuring Asheesh Agarwal, a member of Indian Voices for Trump advisory board and Neera Tanden, the CEO of the Center for American Progress, moderated by journalist and professor Sree Sreenivasan.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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