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Indian Immigrants Make it Obvious That the American Dream Is Alive and Well

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 08.25.2015 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

The lessons that disadvantaged groups can learn from Indian immigrants are to help each other and "pay it forward." America shows the world that providing all people with equal opportunity makes a bigger economic pie; that diversity fuels innovation and economic growth.

New Artist Reviews: Rimi

Morena Duwe | Posted 07.29.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Indian-American recording artist, Rimi, has found a balance between ancient Indian ideals and modern pop music.

For the Love of Brown! Bobby a.k.a. Piyush Jindal!

Nipa Shah | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Nipa Shah

Please accept that you will always have a natural tan (brown). And that the path to the White House has no color barrier, anymore.

Gov. Jindal Might Be "Tanned and Rested," But He's Not Ready to Court Communities of Color

Deepa Iyer | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Deepa Iyer

Governor Jindal's assimilation narrative, one that is rooted in exclusion and separateness, is tone-deaf and out of touch with where we are headed as a nation.

Why I'll Never Feel Ashamed to Be Indian-American

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Vivek Wadhwa

I was surprised to learn that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said in Shanghai and Seoul that Indian expatriates are ashamed to have been born in India. This doesn't reflect the reality. What Indians -- everywhere -- have been ashamed of is India's inept government.

Why Calling Asian Americans a 'Model Minority' Glosses Over Crucial Issues

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Vivek Wadhwa

The "model minority" label makes things worse for large sections of these communities, because their needs are often overlooked or misunderstood and then rarely addressed in government programs and by social-service organizations. Lack of disaggregated data perpetuates this label.

Garland, Texas vs. Pam Geller

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

I grew up in Garland, Texas on Princeton Street where my parents lived until a few years ago. One of my first memories is the icy January day my parents and their friends gingerly brought my new baby brother and our very woozy mother home from the hospital to our little house.

South Asian? This Test Could Save Your Life

Dr. Amy Shah | Posted 04.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Amy Shah

People of South Asian descent, listen up. We have a big problem on our hands and there just aren't enough people who know about it. If we don't act ...

Raising My Beti

Tina Karkera | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Tina Karkera

Anyone lucky enough to share his life with you should accept you as you are, knowing that his life will only improve with you in it. You will contribute to his happiness just as he will to yours. I am passing no burden on to him and he is doing me no favors by marrying you.

Oh My Gods: The Triumphs of a Little Brown Kid

Sutheshna Mani | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Sutheshna Mani

To me, all faiths shared similarities, and my childhood naiveté could not comprehend tension and factionalism within and between these religions. I was also incapable of understanding why my teacher went so in-depth with the Abrahamic faiths, but skipped over the eastern religions, including mine.

Week to Week News Quiz for 2/20/15

John Zipperer | Posted 04.22.2015 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Misbehavior by politicians is only one of the problems you'll see in our latest Week to Week news quiz. Here are some random but real hints: Brian Wi...

On Being '-American'

Janesh Rahlan | Posted 04.18.2015 | Politics
Janesh Rahlan

There is no one parameter that qualifies somebody as American or even a set of qualities that comprise a monolith of American culture. While Jindal's comments are directly aimed at Indian-Americans, they're insulting to all immigrants and the general creation of this country.

Indians: The Most Connected Diaspora

Pawan Khera | Posted 02.07.2015 | World
Pawan Khera

As intensified globalization has increased the spatial distance between Indians, they are thronging towards online platforms that offer a sense of kinship and community. To Indians, both within and outside India, the Internet is an alternative public sphere to hold discourses with those who share a similarity of interests. Social networking sites also offer them a platform to assert their identity, culture and political inclination.

Here's Why It's Not Weird for Indian Men to Live at Home With Mom and Dad

Dipti Vaid Dedhia | Posted 01.07.2015 | Women
Dipti Vaid Dedhia

Ever wonder why it's completely normal for Indian guys to live at home with their parents well into their 20s and 30s? Or how even after marriage, they live with their parents and spouse as a "joint family?"

Open Letter to Bobby Jindal: Yes, Louisiana Has Issues With Race

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Aryanna Prasad

You can't change what you are, Governor Jindal. I can't either. We must embrace our identities rather than asking people to look past them. If you ask people to respect -- not merely accept -- your Indian identity, perhaps we can build toward a Louisiana that isn't built off of racial prejudice.

The 'New York Times' Publishes Racist Comic About India's Space Mission

Sharanya Haridas | Posted 11.30.2014 | Media
Sharanya Haridas

Yesterday's New York Times' comic by Heng, titled "India's budget mission to Mars" seems in poor taste. Qhether meant to be funny or ironic, the racial, national and classist stereotyping is apparent.

The Three Million Manav March: Why Indian-Americans are Giving Prime Minister Modi a Rock Star Welcome at Madison Square Garden

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Vamsee Juluri

Mr. Modi's arrival in New York comes at a moment when a sense of civilizational renewal is powerfully in the minds and hearts of Indians in India and the diaspora.

For a New Generation of Hindu American Parents, a Changing Model of Religion and Culture

Murali Balaji | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

I've been heartened to see some of my second-generation Hindu peers who have started their own families embrace a different model that makes a clear distinction between growing up as a practicing Hindu and being culturally Indian.

Another American Race Issue Ferguson Reminds Us Of

Times Of India | Chidanand Rajghatta | Posted 08.19.2014 | World

WASHINGTON: A group of Tibetan monks from India has joined the protests against racial discrimination in Ferguson, Missouri. Amnesty International has...

Why Are These Indian Children Being Torn Away From Their Homes?

Stephen Pevar | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Stephen Pevar

Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act in 1978 in an effort to stop American-Indian families from having their children removed by state and local officials. Yet 36 years later, Indian children in South Dakota are 11 times more likely to be removed from their families and placed in foster care than non-Indian children.

Mixing Colors

Anjali Enjeti | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Anjali Enjeti

When we are finished, when empty tubes scatter on the pavement and upturned buckets congregate near the swing-set, I find I'm in no rush to change out of my clothes. Instead, I settle on a step, face the bright blue sky, inhale the spirit of the celebration, and let the colors seep in.

Third Eye Blinded

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 06.16.2014 | College
Aryanna Prasad

I grew up without an Indian mother or community, so there's a lot I don't know about being an Indian woman. But I did know the bindi held significance because my nani wore a simple red one every day.

The Next Generation of Indian Giving: Philanthropy and Young South Asians

Megha Desai | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Megha Desai

My hope is that my generation of South Asian Americans will embrace both India and the US as the "home bases" of their communities and choose to give back to any aspect of society with which they personally connect.

Bad Indian: New Web Series Offers Fresh Take on Indian-American Life

Paul Cantor | Posted 05.11.2014 | Comedy
Paul Cantor

If you're an upwardly-mobile Indian-American, quitting your job in aerospace and defense to make an Internet comedy series is almost certainly not a part of the plan. But that's what rookie producer/screenwriter Janaki Tambe recently did.

Senator Tells Surgeon General Nominee There Are Indian Doctors Where He's From, Too

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) extended an off-color invitation Tuesday to Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Barack Obama's nominee for surgeon gen...