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05 October 2017
        Several members of the Senate Foreign Relations committee brought up the thorny issues of bonded labor and human trafficking Sept. 28 during confirmation hearings for Kenneth Juster, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the next ambassador to India.   If confirmed, Juster would replace Indian American Richard Verma, who stepped down Jan. 21 when Trump took office. Juster was introduced to the committee by Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, who co-chairs the Senate India Caucus. ...
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18 September 2017
Shashank Gupta (not his real name) is an IT professional in Kansas.    His father arrived in the US in 2006 on an H-1B work permit along with the family, and Gupta duly joined high school; later his parents applied for permanent residence (or the green card), which was unfortunately denied when his father lost his job and fell out of status. Gupta, who by then had joined university, did not return to India with his parents in 2011 and hence became an undocumented immigrant.    In 2012, t ...
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15 June 2017
          Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first meeting with President Donald Trump, scheduled for June 26 in Washington, DC, is unlikely to yield any tangible results, predicted Indian American community leaders and policy analysts.   “There are more negative outcomes at stake than positive ones. We’re hoping to avoid an escalation of tensions,” Richard Rossow, senior advisor and Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies at the Center for Strategic and Internation ...
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07 June 2017
Illinois Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi says unemployment in the U.S. cannot be laid at the door of highly skilled foreign workers employed in American companies.   The Congressman was speaking at an interactive “Community Dialogue” series hosted by the US-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) recently, along with immigration lawyer Rajiv S. Khanna.   The interaction focused on issues surrounding Trump Administration’s immigration reform and its impact on US-India re ...
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19 April 2017
  India is planning to press its case further and partake in the review process of the H-1B issue even as US President Donald Trump signed an executive order — Buy American, Hire American — seeking to tighten the rules governing the sought-after visa programme.   “This is just the first step taken toward reviewing the programme. India is going to engage with the US on this matter. The review process will take three months. We will try and see how India can present its case in this r ...
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27 March 2017
For the last few weeks, the sense of fear among Indian Americans is palpable after the recent incidents of hate crime against community members. These include the killing of aviation engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas, which is now being investigated by the FBI officially as a hate crime.    Early this week, community members held an awareness rally against hate crimes near the White House in Washington DC, seeking the intervention of President Donald Trump on the issue of Indian-Americ ...
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13 March 2017
The American author filmed with a cannibalistic sect for his Believers series, with fears that it could increase hate attacks against Indian Americans   Reza Aslan, the scholar and TV presenter, has been pressured to eat human brains while filming with a fringe, cannibalistic Hindu sect for a new series on the world’s religions.   But that might be the least of the problems the show has caused the American author.   Some Indians and American Hindu groups say the opening episode of h ...
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13 March 2017
A Harvard-educated religion scholar and author is under fire for eating human brain while filming a new CNN show about spiritual sects around the globe.   Reza Aslan, who came to the U.S. in 1979 while fleeing Iran's 1979 revolution, was working on a TV segment about a fringe element of Hinduism when he participated in some of the Aghori peoples' rituals, including tasting cooked brain tissue, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.   Last Sunday, Aslan hyped that night's inaugural episod ...
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13 March 2017
CNN presenter Reza Aslan has been heavily criticized after he ate part of a human brain while filming with a Hindu cannibal sect in India.   The episode, part of a series called Believer with Reza Aslan, was shown on Sunday and provoked horror and dismay from many viewers and an angry backlash by Hindus in America.   Tulsi Gabbard, the only Hindu in Congress, tweeted: ‘I am very disturbed that CNN is using its power and influence to increase people’s misunderstanding and fear of Hindui ...
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13 March 2017
American Hindu groups have criticized Aslan's episode of his docu-series claiming it was 'Hinduphobic'. In the wake of recent alleged hate crimes against Hindus in America, the community is not taking too lightly to a recently-aired episode of CNN's documentary series Believers, which focused on an alleged Hindu cannibal sect. Author and presenter Reza Aslan sparked a controversy after the channel aired the first episode of the series that showed him meeting with the Aghori sect, a mystical H ...
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