WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Democratic Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal wrote an op-ed recounting the circumstances through which India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar canceled a meeting with the House Foreign Affairs Committee because of her expected attendance. Jayapal, who was born in India and is the first Indian American woman to serve in Congress, penned a House resolution calling for India to change its approach in Kashmir. She says she will “continue to speak out on fundamental principles of democracy.”

Progressive political commentator turned California Congressional candidate Cenk Uygur pledged to protect the religious freedom of Sikhs and other minorities if elected to Congress. These remarks came in response to old comments unearthed from his TV show where Uygur used the term “ridiculous” in reference to a story on a member of the Sikh community that some found offensive.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee selected Rep. Ami Bera to serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation. Bera previously chaired the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.