• Leaders and Readers: A Sign of the Tomes

    Washington: India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, was an acclaimed writer-historian in his own right (or write). His daughter Indira Gandhi, India’s third prime minister (not counting interims), was known to be a voracious reader too; if nothing else her dad’s frequent letters must have keep her informed. Read More

  • India and the Kennedy years: How Washington and New Delhi came close to a clinch

    WASHINGTON: The United States mourned the death and celebrated the life on Friday of arguably its most charismatic President who was cut down by an assassin's bullet 50 years ago in the prime of his life — at a time he had elevated US-India ties to heights that were never achieved before and did not approach till recent years. Read More

  • 150 years later, Gettysburg pledge still inspires U.S -- and draws immigrants

    Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: It's an address that makes the short list of every "Great Speeches'' collection. Ranked with epic efforts, from Churchill’s Blood Toil Tears and Sweat to Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream -- and in India’s own context Nehru’s Tryst with Destiny and Bose’s Give Me Blood and I Will Give You Freedom – it is unmatched for brevity and substance. . Read More

  • Obama nominates 36-year-old Indian-American physician to be US surgeon general

    Washington: President Obama on Thursday nominated Indian-American physician Vivek Murthy, who is only 36, to be Surgeon General of the United States. Read More

  • Indian activist poised to be first ever elected socialist in US

    Washington: This is a ''Stop Press'' development that could well have a pantheon of political greats from Leon Trotsky to Ram Manohar Lohia sit bolt upright in their graves. A young Indian-American activist-academic is poised to become the first recognized socialist to be elected to a public office in the United States, where the term socialism and socialist are treated with deep suspicion and disdain. Read More

  • Indian student count in US drops below 100,000

    Washington: Indian student population in the United States has dropped for the second year running, going down to less than 100,000 even as the American education business continued to expand on the strength of growing interest from China, which now has 235,000 students in the U.S. Read More

  • Suhail Rizvi, the newly-minted Twitter billionaire from India

    Washington: The newly-minted billionaire of Indian origin who has raked in a fortune from his investment in Twitter is so private and secretive that he is said to employ a person just to erase his photos and other personal information that come up on Internet searches. Read More

  • Indian touch breathes life into moribund Miss America pageant

    WASHINGTON: How much the nearly century-old Miss America pageant has declined in salience is best illustrated by this joke on Jay Leno's late night show following the crowning of Indian-American Nina Davuluri last weekend... Read More

  • Decline and Fall of American Tennis Evident at U.S. Open

    Washington: As Tim Smyczek labored valiantly on Sunday night to stay alive in the third round U.S Open in New York’s Flushing Meadows, a cry went out in the half-empty, but noisy and jingoistic stands: "You are our last hope!" It ignited a chant of "USA! USA!" and spurred Smyczek for a bit longer, but he finally ran out of gas and lost 5-7 in the fifth set. Read More

  • Obamas spice up cuisine front with Indian dining on his birthday

    Indian cuisine has long been an also-ran in America’s $660 billion eating out business generated by 980,000 restaurants. Although it is the main course in U.K., Indian food hobbles behind Italian, Chinese, and Hispanic chow in the U.S despite impressive strides of late. For reasons that may be hard to digest, even Thai, Greek, and Japanese fare are ahead in the food sweepstakes.

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  • Norman Borlaug, India’s annadaata, dies at 95

    New Delhi: Long before Mr. Bush and Dr. Rice came by to leapfrog U.S-India ties to a new level, it was Prof. Wheat who jump-started and nourished the relationship. Norman Borlaug, the genial scientist-pacifist who died of cancer in Dallas on Saturday, was as much India’s ‘annadaata’ as he was the Father of India’s Green Revolution.

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  • US Veep Joe Biden coming to India to deepen ties America’s Asia-Pacific rebalance strategy is alive and kicking, says US officials

    Washington: Snide barbs about U.S vice-presidents, many of them self-deprecatory, are numerous. From Daniel Webster, who said "I do not propose to be buried until I am dead" to explain why he refused the vice-presidency, to Harry Truman...

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  • Obama nominates Indian-American Nisha Biswal as assistant secretary of state for South Asia

    WASHINGTON: In a striking development, President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated NishaDesaiBiswal, an accomplished Indian-American administrator, to head the South Asia bureau in the US state department.

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  • OpEd UnMade in USA//Freebooting India’s growth story

    Cabinet ministers from India visiting Washington DC for sundry official programs usually stay at the Willard, a historic hotel next to the White House that originated the term lobbying. It was to the lobby of Willard that President Ulysses Grant (1869-1877) repaired for R&R to escape the vexing issues of office, only to be besieged by favor-seekers stalking him.

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  • Bose, sound pioneer and solid teacher, falls silent

    Washington: It all began because he wanted music in the background when he was writing his doctoral thesis. The way Amar Gopal Bose recounted the story, he went out and bought the best garden-variety speakers, but the sound and timbre it produced just didn’t cut it. He was also a young violinist by then, and to his keen ears, the sublime Stradivarius was a tinny and incomplete experience coming through uni-directional speakers.

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  • Don’t let rhetoric trump reason, Chidambaram tells US

    WASHINGTON: Don't let angry rhetoric arising from private sector business rivalries cloud political and strategic reasoning that underpin closer US-India ties, India's finance minister P Chidambaram is telling American lawmakers, officials, and corporate leaders.

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  • Chidambaram, Sharma woo investors in US

    WASHINGTON: Two senior Indian cabinet ministers double-teamed in New York and Washington to talk up India to American business, allaying their apprehensions about rulings they feel discriminate against them, while assuring them that New Delhi remains open for business and profit-taking.

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  • Chidambaram, Anand Sharma talk up India to US

    WASHINGTON: Two senior Indian Cabinet ministers double-teamed in New York and Washington to talk up India to American business, allaying their apprehensions about recent rulings they feel discriminates against them, while assuring them that New Delhi remains open for business and profit-taking.

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  • Chidambaram, Sharma rush to Uncle Sam to revive Indian economy

    WASHINGTON: Two very chastened Indian cabinet ministers arrived in Washington on Tuesday, looking for American investment and patronage to revive an Indian economy that has hit the skids and a rupee that is being decimated.

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  • Indians bought $3.5 billion US realty in year ending March 2013

    WASHINGTON: Indian buyers accounted for nearly $3.5 billion of the $68.5 billion that foreigners spent on purchasing homes in the United States during the 12 months ending March 31, according to the National Association of Realtors.

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  • Me and you and a school named BHU

    In discussions about great Indian institutions and universities, particularly when one is living in the U.S., India’s IITs and IIMs dominate the conversation. Many of its alumni are successful and wealthy, some famous. Spread over the world but with greater concentration in America, they have annual conferences, reunions, fundraisers etc., that keep themselves and their institutions in the news.

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  • Re-Morse Code

    The telegram - which over 60 years brought news of joy, sorrow in its distinctive, staccato style to Indians - is on its deathbed. Sunday Times savours memories of its life, and some gems sent over the wires.

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  • B Raman, India’s seasoned spymaster and trenchant US critic, dies at 77

    June 13, 2013

    WASHINGTON: His last tweet on May 30, as he battled the final stages of terminal cancer, read, "Hanumanji willing, should be back home coming Saturday."

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  • The Graduation: Convocation of Speeches

    Over the past few weeks, several friends and family members from India have been coming to America to attend the graduation ceremony of their children, the months of May-June being the season of convocations and commencements.

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Leaders and readers: A sign of the tomes
December 2, 2013

India and the Kennedy years: How Washington and New Delhi came close to a clinch
November 23, 2013

Obama nominates 36-year-old Indian-American physician to be US surgeon general
November 16, 2013

Indian activist poised to be first ever elected socialist in US
November 15, 2013

 

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