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I worked for India’s UID (unique identification) project in 2009-10 when the decision was made to rename it ‘Aadhaar.’ That word stands for foundation, support, etc. in several Indian languages, and aptly conveyed the project’s spirit of inclusion. It is during that tenure that I came face to face with the extreme sensitivity of the Northeast, Assam in particular, to illegal migrants from Bangladesh.

It has been 34 years since I graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Many of my relatives, members of the Indian American community, among others, chide me for being a “rebel and a revolutionary,” a stereotype that most JNU students wear as a badge of honor.

Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant is no stranger to controversy or contradiction. And she’s stirring the pot yet again. This time it’s on an issue that’s way out of her jurisdiction — India’s Citizenship Amendment Act. Sawant’s outcry of concern, and that of others, including Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), is not only misguided, but heartless.

There has been much hullabaloo over the developments in Jawaharlal Nehru University earlier this month in which “masked outsiders” attacked and injured, reportedly over two dozen students and also some teachers.

Christmas is not over. According to the Church calendar, the Twelvetide of Christmas lasts until January 5th.During this season, we cannot forget the persecuted church in India. Let me tell you the story of how I came to realize how crucial it is to support this marginalized religious minority.

My family’s annual Christmas parties had Hindu and Muslim family friends at our table. I remember the biriyani, the cutlets, the salads and the cakes and puddings. Most of all I remember the fun and games – the word games, talent competitions and the mimicry shows my mother organized.

When the results came in on November 7th, 2017, telling me I’d been elected to lead the City of Hoboken in New Jersey, I cannot possibly express the sense of honor I felt. Knowing I’d get the opportunity to serve the city I loved so much was an exciting and humbling experience.

One would assume that the dramatic revocation of the much-maligned Article 370 by Prime Minister Modi on August 5, 2019 would open the flood-gates for KP’s to return to their ancestral land. But that is not going to happen, as KP’s having been burnt before want to see strong security before they return to their spiritual land.

Ravi, 15, can hardly speak about the time he tried to impress peers at his new college by smoking cigarettes stolen from his father. For, 30 years later, Ravi’s chronic cough and laryngitis turned out to be symptoms of throat cancer.

On January 19, 2018, my American (read: white) wife and I checked in at the airport in Seattle for flights to Mumbai. We were in high spirits; a journey gets our spirits up. We were in high spirits; a journey gets our spirits up.

It was the year 1961. I had entered the California Institute of Technology as a graduate student and a JRD Tata Fellow. That great institution of learning had a large number of programs to make the foreign students feel at home and savor a taste of American life.