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Longtime community leaders and activists, who’ve founded and led community organizations and associations over the past few decades have hailed “the spectacular victory” of the BJP-dominated NDA, and declared it “a personal triumph” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Jaspreet Mahal, a Sikh woman who got her master’s in sustainable international development and women and gender studies a few years ago from Brandeis university in Waltham, Massachusetts, feels somewhat upbeat these days that her alma mater will become a more inclusive institution by dealing with the issue of alleged caste bias among some of its students.

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A decade-long debate over “accurate portrayal” of the history and culture of India in social science textbooks used in California classrooms from kindergarten through eighth grade ended last week after the state Board of Education voted to approve 10 textbooks and reject two, agreeing with recommendations of its Instructional Quality Commission.


Facilitated by the internet and promoted by forums and publications inviting intellectual exchanges about both the history and contemporary lives of Dalits, these new Americans, the “broken people” of human rights reports on India, are gaining footholds and voices in the United States.