Indian American businessman Vimal Patel enters Alabama Congressional District race

Vimal Patel, an Indian American businessman and real estate broker, is among 21 candidates who have qualified to run for Congress in Alabama state’s 2nd District, as a Democrat. Patel, 39, will be contesting the March 5 primary next year along with 13 Democrats and eight Republicans for the District, which spans south Alabama and includes Montgomery County and a portion of Mobile County.

Justice Markandey Katju: Moeed Pirzada’s ‘Garrison State’ speech in Alabama

Justice Markandey Katju writes: The eminent Pakistani journalist Moeed Pirzada, who has been living in the US for some time, spoke recently in Alabama about the ‘Garrison State’ (a euphemism for army rule) in Pakistan. In his speech, Moeed mentions that the Garrison State in Pakistan produces, and compels linear thinking. In other words, anyone who criticises, assesses, evaluates, or suggests reforms, is branded as an enemy of Pakistan and of Islam, and is harshly dealt with.