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Indians: The Most Connected Diaspora

Pawan Khera | Posted 12.09.2014 | 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 11.07.2014 | 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 11.07.2014 | 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...

Not Caste in Color: Dispelling Myths in Our Classrooms

Murali Balaji | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Colorism, as it turns out, is a deeply rooted issue among many within the Indian Diaspora, and it's not limited to one particularly faith tradition or ethnicity.

Close to My Heart, Habitat for Humanity Launches IndiaBUILDS

Jim Luce | Posted 12.30.2013 | Impact
Jim Luce

Habitat for Humanity International was very important to my father. He had been a college professor and loved to build houses during the summer as his...

CNBC Host Apologizes For Tasteless Comments

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.26.2013 | Business

Squawk Box got a little bit awkward on Friday as one host made some tasteless comments while discussing India’s currency, the rupee. “Are they...

Say What? If Miss America Is Not a Nice White, Christian Gal, She Must Be a Muslim Terrorist? Even My Dog Knows Better!

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Ms. Davuluri was born and raised American. That ought to be enough. About half the tweets I saw attacked her for being a Muslim or a terrorist. A number of them linked her appearance with the anniversary of September 11, 2001, al Qaeda attack.

How Do We Move Discussions About Hinduism Beyond India?

Murali Balaji | Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion
Murali Balaji

While I've gotten my fair share of the expected questions (caste, karma, reincarnation), one question continues to be a challenge and opportunity: How can teachers explain Hinduism in a way that moves outside of India?

Zimmerman's Racial Realities, Beyond Black and White

Sonny Singh | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Sonny Singh

Our knee-jerk reaction to this horrific incident of racial profiling and racist violence are indicative of how this country remains stuck in an outdated, black-white racial paradigm.

Mimicry? Mockery? Mimic. Cry.

Deepak Sarma | Posted 07.16.2013 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

By performing the play of the pilgrim, does the Indian-American elementary school student inadvertently become the oppressor? Or confirms the oppression? Or conforms to the oppressor?

Why Preserving Ancestral Languages Is Key for Uplifting Immigrant American Communities

Rohit Kumar | Posted 06.23.2013 | Impact
Rohit Kumar

I think that when you know your ancestral language, you can fully understand your culture. You can see that in many spheres, your culture possesses profound wisdom and insight.

Former Wall Street Executive Turns Icing Into An Art Form

Posted 02.27.2013 | MarloThomas

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

Who I Was and Who I Want to Be -- Indian Americans in Media

Pari Mathur | Posted 04.14.2013 | Media
Pari Mathur

In media, we are portrayed as the self conscious and awkward best friend, tech-support, or the group of people with accents. The reality is, we're not. Growing up and living here in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Indian-Americans run the show

What Indian Americans Can Learn During Black History Month

Rajiv Malhotra | Posted 04.10.2013 | Black Voices
Rajiv Malhotra

The playing field is level enough to advance up to a point, but without the anchor and security of a collective voice, high-achieving Indians will remain the solitary outsiders, easy to bring down. What does all this have to do with African Americans, one might wonder?

They Say

Lena Khan | Posted 02.05.2013 | Impact
Lena Khan

My movie's character is Sami Malik, an Indian who comes to 1970s America on a crazy quest for success and to impress a girl. While the bulk of the film involves his escapades with several misfit roommates, I still put the idea aside. Who wants to see a movie with brown people?