Kamala Harris Defies Stereotype

In the criminal justice world, Harris is a divisive figure, too progressive for the law-and-order diehards and too draconian for those who embrace comprehensive change. … She launched a program that offered first-time drug offenders the chance to earn high school diplomas instead of going to prison. She also battled the release of inmates from California jails the Supreme Court had pronounced overcrowded.

Varadkar called to condemn ‘racist’ remarks

Limerick councillor Stephen Keary, a local leader in Prime Minister Varadkar’s party, came under fire for racial remarks directed towards Eastern European immigrants.

Said Keary, “People have come here from Eastern Europe for the handouts. It has become a huge problem”. Keary is slated to become mayor of Limerick as a member of Fine Gael, so the comment comes at a critical time.

Members of the Solidarity and Labour parties have accused Varadkar of “emboldening” Fine Gael’s reactionary wing.

Keary defended his remarks, saying: “When a person from another country comes into our country without work, and who has never worked before, they do it for the social welfare benefit and all the trimmings which go with it.”

Interesting to see the racial dynamics play out in Ireland – where Eastern Europeans are seen as the underclass, and Varadkar’s elevation to the highest office in the land is seen as giving cover to racially-driven attacks coming from within his own party.

Priyanka Chopra’s Philanthropy

Chopra runs her own eponymous foundation in India providing education to the underprivileged. Philanthropy is almost second nature to her.

“I was raised in a home that always gave back. Every summer, my parents, both doctors, would go to villages in India in an ambulance and my job as an eight-year-old was to assist the pharmacist; it made me conscious of the world around me.”

Politics run in Leo Varadkar’s family

Politics, to some extent, runs in the family. Two of Mr Varadkar’s uncles were imprisoned for campaigning – peacefully – for Indian independence. Ireland became a republic in the late 1940s, around the same time as Britain withdrew from India.

Indian Americans a new Power Bloc in US Congress

“The Indian American community has done very well… One day we may see an Indian American President – after all, this is the America we believe in”

– Rep. Bera


Leo Varadkar Family Celebrates in Mumbai

Here in Borivli, kaju katri, black forest cake and aam ka panna were passed around as soon as the news broke at 10.52pm IST. Hordes of cameramen and reporters thronged the house along with scores of relatives, adding to the thrill of victory.

Archna Sahay: Philadelphia’s Director of entrepreneurial investment

If I were to launch a business … I would raise a fund to invest in startups that are solving for problems that underserved populations deal with. So I wouldn’t try to invest in female or minority founders, in particular. There are many funds out there doing that. Instead I’d want to invest in startups that are making life easier for women, for example. I’d invest so that I can direct capital toward innovations that help underserved groups. Doesn’t matter if it’s being created by white guys, just as long as it’s serving and empowering underserved populations.


Sadiq Khan – Background

Last few months have been rough and tumble for Khan, first with handling the terrorist attacks, the row with Trump, and now with handling the Grenfell fires. But he’s been a fighter all his life.

“Khan grew up in public housing in Tooting, an ethnically mixed residential area in south London, and slept in a bunkbed until he was 24.

Khan regularly recalls how his father drove one of London’s famous red buses, and his mother was a seamstress. One of his brothers is a motor mechanic.

He is a handy boxer, having learnt the sport to defend himself in the streets against those who hurled racist abuse at him, and two of his brothers are boxing coaches. He also ran the London Marathon in 2014.”

Complex view of role of new Sikh MPs

Though new desi MP’s formal responsibility is to the UK, the Sikh community may also have certain expectations

“Sikhs find themselves constantly trying to reconcile Guru inspired principles that demand they work to establish equality and liberty for all, with a system that is not only built on the exploits of its colonial past, for which it has yet to deliver any redemption, but also in recognition of the knowledge that only 33 years ago the very same establishment for whom they now work, colluded with the Indian government to attack the epicenter of the Sikh world.”