November 1-15, 2011
|Indian-American politicians condemn Hindu insults |
Maryland Delegates Kumar Barve, Aruna Miller and Sam Arora condemned offensive remarks made by Kentucky gubernatorial candidate David Williams and call for an immediate retraction and apology.
Williams attacked Governor Steve Beshear on Nov. 1 for participating in a Hindu "Ground Blessing Ceremony" to mark the opening of a new flexible packaging plant designed to bring $180 million in investment and 250 jobs to Kentucky. Williams derisively taunted Beshear for "sitting down there with his legs crossed, participating in Hindu prayers with a dot on his forehead."
|Local artist exhibition featured |
Rani Sarin’s newest work is on display all month at the Lincoln Public Library in Lincoln, Mass., in “Pentimento: A Layered Approach.”
Sarin’s work is described as mixed media.
The exhibition runs from Nov. 1 to Nov. 27. A special reception is scheduled at the library on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 5-7 p.m. For more information, call (781) 259-8465.
|NetScout buys Holland business |
NetScout Systems Inc. has finished the acquisition of Fox Replay BV, a subsidiary of Fox-IT. Fox Replay BV is a provider of session reconstruction and replay technology that allows businesses to perform forensic analysis of end-user actions in support of cyber intelligence, information assurance, lawful intercept and general security practices.
|Weekend promises busy Diwali festivities |
With Diwali season in full swing it will be a busy weekend for Diwali events in New England.
Some highlights include:
NetSAP's annual Diwali event will be held this year on Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. at the Taj Boston Hotel. The event features an Indian dinner from Taj Boston's top chef, drinks, dancing, casino games and prizes.
|Yale critiques state violence in South Asia |
On Nov. 1, Yale University hosted a panel discussion: "States of Violence and the Violence of States," which was part of the school's ongoing "Constitutionalism in South Asia."
The panel, which was sponsored by the South Asian Law Students Association, Yale Law School and the South Asian Studies Council, examined how South Asian states routinely engage in systematic violence against their citizens, often in the name of some higher justificatory goal like development, peace, security or even the very survival of the state.
|American India Foundation braintrust gathers in Boston |
The American India Foundation marked its 10th anniversary with a visit to the Boston area by organization Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Sinho and Vice Chairman Pradeep Kashyap last week. AIF trustees Brian Pereira and Sunita Pereira held a reception for the pair in their Winchester, Mass., home.
|Flu Season Is Here |
Headache, exhaustion, fever and a runny nose: influenza or "the flu" may just seem like a bad cold. The worst is usually over in a week. However, influenza and flu-like viruses can also make people very sick, especially the very young and the very old. These "germs" infect the airways, i.e. the respiratory (breathing) system, and hence are referred to as respiratory viruses or respiratory tract infections.
Because respiratory infections are caused by viruses and not bacteria, antibiotics will not cure them.
|Indus Nanotechnology Association formed in Connecticut |
A group of nanotechnology professionals have formed The Indus Nanotechnology Association, based out of Stamford, Conn.
Indian Americans are increasingly contributing to the new generation technologies and particularly in nanotechnology which is already transforming our lives in a significant way, the group founders said. There are also a large number of Indian academics involved in nanotechnology research from sciences including chemistry, physics, engineering, materials science, biology and medicine.
|Keeping a pulse on the world's wealth |
This column explores some of the findings of the 15th annual World Wealth Report, released by Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management and Capgemini, which offers insightful analysis on wealth creation around the world, key trends affecting high-net-worth individuals, and guidance on becoming a more informed investor.
|New book about Bollywood dance examines growing craze |
Known for its colorful costumes, precise gestures and catchy rhythms, Bollywood dance -- a term increasingly used to describe dances in and inspired by Hindi film song-and-dance sequences -- has taken the world by storm. Dance studios entice students with Bollywood dance class offerings in many major cities around the world. Staged shows like "Bombay Dreams" and "Merchants of Bollywood" tour the world. And dance shows like, "So You Think You Can Dance?" now regularly feature Bollywood dance as a genre category. Bollywood dance has arrived on the world stage.
|SEWA makes plea for help with Pakistan floods |
At last count, the devastating floods in Pakistan caused by torrential rains have inundated southern Sindh province and destroyed more than 1 million homes. Among 7.5 million people affected, more than 3 million are critically short of food.
With millions of acres of land under water and crops and communities in ruins, flood victims are taking refuge on rooftops and in roadside makeshift camps. Forced to drink the contaminated water and no food to eat, children and the elderly are facing a greater risk of disease and worse.
|Sufi music concert unites Hindus, Muslims |
Earlier this fall, a Sufi music concert was held at the Chinmaya Mission -- a small but pristine community center tucked in the Massachusetts town of Andover. The singer was UstadeMaa Zila Khan -- the first and the only woman Sufi singer from the family of Ustad Vilayat Khan. I had the privilege to be one of the organizing members. We were just a group of friends (not promoters or distributors) -- some of us had heard Zila Ji before - and were willing to put in the considerable effort to get this Muslim Sufi singer from India to come to this Hindu community center/temple.
|What's wrong with America? |
Before we talk of what is wrong with America, we should first look at what is right about this great country.
We are blessed with plenty of land, natural resources and raw materials. America’s land and internal water areas add up to 9,826,675 square kilometers, making the United States the third largest country area-wise behind Russia, which at 17,098,242 square kilometers, is the largest followed by Canada with 9,984,670 square kilometers.
|Yale delves into Indian art |
Two exhibitions with ties to Indian artists and 18th Century history in India are premiering at the Yale Center for British Art this fall. The first, which opened on Oct. 11, is "Adapting the Eye: An Archive of the British in India, 1770-1830." The second, which opened on Oct. 27, is "Johan Zoffany RA: Society Observed."