The sonnet, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free …” by American poet Emma Lazarus engraved on a plaque inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty has long been a national symbol for America’s embrace of immigrants.
There is nothing else Raghav Merhotra rather do than play drums. “Music is life,” the 15-year-old drumming prodigy says on his website. And a look into a timeline of what the rising sophomore has achieved in his young life, it’s not hard to believe that the teen does live and breathe music.
There is a widespread support among the Indian-American community for India’s decision to revoke Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Along with abolishing a provision that allowed Jammu and Kashmir to have its own flag and constitution, the government also moved a separate bill to split the state into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
For the Trump administration, beset by the horrific killings of more than 30 innocent civilians in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, by domestic terrorists, including by a white supremacist, the Indian government’s revocation of Article 370 of the Constitution that provided Kashmir special status for decades, was the last thing on their mind.