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Indian Americans Voting Against Their Interest
Despite highlighting their conversions to Christianity on the campaign trail, Republican Governors Bobby Jindal of Louisiana (right) and Nikki Haley of South Carolina (left) were able to rely on strong Indian American support in their respective electoral bids. And behind the often Christianized rhetoric of the Republican Party is a message consistent with the conservative social views and wholesome family values of Indian Americans, write the authors of this “Other Voices” piece.
Indian Americans Voting Against Their Interest
Indian Americans joined the Democratic Party nearly half a century ago, and show no signs of leaving. Their support has remained steady even as the Democratic Party of 1965 — whose immigration reform efforts opened the door to Indian emigrants — has evolved into a party inimical to the values and i
     
    Attendees at the Nelson Mandela memorial service held in Atlanta at the site of the Gandhi statue.
    Mandela Memorial Service Held at Gandhi Statue in Atlanta
    The Gandhi Foundation USA hosted a community memorial service Dec. 14 for Nelson Mandela at the site of the historic Gandhi statue located on the grounds of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site here.
      BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha (right) poses during the unveiling of a brass statue of late Bollywood legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra in Mumbai Feb. 11. Sinha was in New York to attend a UN session. (Getty Images)
      US Will Have to Grant Modi Visa Once He Becomes PM: Sinha
      Narendra Modi does not have any compelling reason to visit the United States, but once he becomes India's prime minister and such a need arises, America will have to grant him a visa, senior BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha said Nov. 10.
        Women pose during a protest against nuclear power at Jaspara-Mithi Virdi village, some 260 km from Ahmedabad, opposing a proposed 6,000 MW nuclear power plant. The plant would have a devastating impact on the people and environment of the region, according to a joint statement by Indian American organizations South Asians for Justice-Los Angeles, Alliance for South Asians Taking Action and Friends of South Asia. (Getty Images)
        Other Voices: Stop the Nuclear Power Project in Gujarat
        On behalf of South Asians for Justice- Los Angeles — SAJLA — and partner organizations Alliance for South Asians Taking Action — ASATA — and Friends of South Asia — FOSA — in the San Francisco Bay Area, we are writing to vehemently oppose the construction of a proposed power plant in Mithi Virdi, G
          Ravi Shankar performing with his daughter Anoushka Shankar. (Sameer Yagnik photo)
          Ravi Shankar: Cultural Ambassador Extraordinaire
          The sun-baked Southern California seaside town of Encinitas is almost on the other side of the world from Varanasi. That daunting distance between the California town he made his home and the city of his birth is a perfect metaphor for the extraordinary distance traversed by Ravi Shankar.
            An aerial view of the Microsoft main campus in Redmond, Wash. The Indian government may soon open a consulate office in Seattle. (Microsoft photo)
            After Atlanta, Seattle May Be Next Site for Indian Consulate
            India has renewed its bid to establish a consulate in the city of Seattle — the home of Boeing and Microsoft — now that its latest diplomatic post in Atlanta is operational.
              President Barack Obama (White House photo)
              Many U.S. Muslims Are Disillusioned by Obama
              At a time when U.S. Muslims and mosques are increasingly under attack, some Muslim Americans say Obama has not taken a strong enough stance against Islamophobia.
                The ‘Tribute in Light’ shines as One World Trade Center (r) rises under construction on the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 in New York City. New York City and the U.S. commemorated the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and one crash landed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. (Getty Images)
                Extremism and the Geopolitical Legacy of 9/11
                This Sept. 11, Americans irrespective of race, gender and ethnic origin paid homage to the victims of the horrendous terror attacks of 2001.
                  In the global age, it seems that not only dictators or overzealous elected heads of state with power of preemptive strikes can direct history to the edge of an abyss, but also fruit vendors and lousy filmmakers.
                  From Arab Spring to Autumn Rage: The Dark Power of Social Media
                  Nakoula/Bacile is currently in hiding and may in fact be fictitious. Much evidence now points to him as a Egyptian Coptic Christian, who allegedly holds grudges against Islam.
                    Salman Khan-starrer
                    When The Nation Calls, Bollywood Answers
                    On the 65th anniversary of India’s Independence, let us look back at the way Bollywood films have reflected patriotism — from the freedom struggle to the issues that are more pertinent today, like terrorism.
                      Rajesh Khanna and Dimple at their wedding in 1973. Khanna passed away July 18 after a long illness.
                      Rajesh Khanna: A Look Back at a Legend
                      Screen legend Rajesh Khanna passed away July 18, at the age of 69 in Mumbai after a long illness. Here are some highlights from his life.
                      Neil Shastri (photo courtesy of Umang Shastri)
                      9/11: A Decade Later
                      At least 47 South Asian Americans died at the World Trade Center during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. India-West profiled four of the victims and compiled shorter stories on the others who died in one of the U.S.’s darkest moments.
                        The Indian American population has increased by over 80% over the past decade.
                        Analysis of the Indian American Community from Census 2010 Data
                        India-West reporter Richard Springer produced a series of articles analyzing data from the U.S. Census 2010 with regards to the Indian American community. Following are Mr. Springer’s detailed articles published in May and June 2011 along with tables and charts compiled by India-West.
                          South Asian women may be at a higher risk for postpartum depression (Getty Images)
                          Postpartum Depression: South Asian Women Suffer in Silence
                          India-West reporter Sunita Sohrabji received a fellowship from the California Health Endowment and New America Media to research postpartum depression and its prevalence among women in the South Asian community. Here is her story.
                            Chitrangda Singh appears in “Joker.”
                            New Films in 2012: A Starry Feast
                            If there is one thing that the hits of 2010 and 2011 have done, it is to re-emphasize that Hindi cinema buffs, whether in India or overseas, go to movies for paisa-vasool packages of entertainment, story, genre and message — all being fine, provided there is decent manoranjan, masala and music. W
                              Vidya Balan and Rekha dancing to the tune of “Ooh la la” at the Screen awards ceremony.
                              ‘The Dirty Picture’ Sweeps 18th Colors Screen Awards
                              It was a film in the second half of the year that swept more awards than any other. Don’t get us wrong – we are not saying that the sweep was not well-deserved.

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