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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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FTX’s Nishad Singh got $543 million loan

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More fallout from the FTX cryptocurrency platform collapse. Court documents show its affiliate Alameda Research loaned executives like Sam Bankman Fried $1 billion and more than $500 million to Indian American Nishad Singh, FTX’s top engineer. FTX’s interim CEO says never in his career has he seen such complete failure of corporate controls and a complete absence of trustworthy financial information. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after it was unable to come up with customer funds.

Elizabeth Holmes was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison after her conviction in January for defrauding investors while running the failed blood testing start up Theranos.In her trial, Holmes alleged she was in the midst of a decade-long abusive relationship with her then-boyfriend and Theranos COO Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani. The Indian American was also found guilty for his role in this fraud and will be sentenced later.

Starting next month, India will assume the G20 presidency for a year and chair more than 200 meetings, leading the way for global economic growth. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his country’s leadership here will be inclusive, ambitious, and decisive.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Arvind Venkat & Tarik Khan win Pennsylvania State seats

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WASHINGTON D.C. (Diya TV) – Looking back at the midterm elections, Arvind Venkat and Tarik Khan made history as the first South Asian Americans elected to the Pennsylvania State Legislature. Advocacy group Indian American Impact played a major role on the ground, saying it trained and mobilized 200 volunteers to go door-to-door, to engage voters and provide info they needed to elect new leadership.

After 35 years, the Nancy Pelosi era is officially coming to an end. The speaker from San Francisco announced she’s bowing out of leadership, but will retain her House seat. The midterms cost Pelosi’s Democratic party the House and effectively ended her speakership.

Two former Indian American executives at Meta Platforms will launch a new non fungible token start up for creators. Kirthiga Reddy and Saurabh Doshi have raised more than $8 million for their new company called Virtualness. But they are facing headwinds as the FTX cryptocurrency exchange collapse is putting pressure on the entire industry.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Meet FTX insider Nishad Singh

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The controversy around failed cryptocurrency exchange FTX continues to captivate the world. Part of the scrutiny is now on the people involved, including Indian American Nishad Singh. According to new reports, this techie was part of FTX’s inner circle, which lived together and ran the cryptocurrency empire from the Bahamas. The software engineer was also reportedly aware that FTX secretly transferred customer funds worth billions of dollars to its sister firm Alameda Research. Currently, no one is facing any criminal charges. Diya TV featured Singh more than a decade ago for running ultra marathons as a 17 year old getting ready for college. 

Former President Donald Trump has officially announced he is running for president in 2024, marking his third bid for the White House. Trump had been hinting at this announcement for months, as the embattled former president faces multiple criminal and civil litigations and as his party is grappling with a worse than expected showing in the midterm elections. 

At the G20 Summit in Bali, world leaders including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Joe Biden are coming together to condemn the rising threat of nuclear weapons as Russia’s war against Ukraine continues to raise tension and anxiety around the world.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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