Indo-Canadian poet Rupi Kaur declines Joe Biden’s Diwali invite over Gaza

Indo-Canadian poet Rupi Kaur has declined an invitation for a Diwali event on Wednesday from US President Joe Biden’s administration over its response to the situation in Gaza. “I decline any invitation from an institution that supports the collective punishment of a trapped civilian population—50 per cent of whom are children,” Kaur, 31, wrote in a statement posted on X (formerly Twitter) on Monday.

Mani Krishnan of Shastha Foods: ‘No need for panic buying of rice’

India’s ban on the export of non-Basmati rice on July 20 has sent shockwaves among the rice-consuming community in the US. The sudden prohibition has led to a price rise and several stores across the country have begun limiting the number of rice bags one buys. The USA Rice Federation — the nation’s apex trade body on the foodgrain — believes the ban could impact as much as 80 percent of India’s rice exports and affect global food security. indica spoke to Mani Krishnan of Shastha Foods…

New York City officially declares Diwali as school holiday

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has officially declared Diwali as a school holiday aimed at honoring the city’s South Asian, Indo-Caribbean, Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist communities. On Monday, Mayor Adams made the announcement at City Hall while being flanked by Assemblymember Jenifer Rajkumar, the first Hindu American and first South Asian American woman elected to state office.

Indo-Pak Reunification

By Justice Markandey Katju- (Justice Markandey Katju is a former Judge, Supreme Court of India, and former Chairman, Press Council of India. The views expressed are his own.) I have read Junaid Jahangir’s article ‘Pakistanis need to think more critically about ‘United India’ in the leading Pakistani portal thefridaytimes.com and wish to respond. I have consistently been […]

Colors, lights, and delicacies amplify Diwali celebrations at BAPS Swaminarayan temples

With October being celebrated as Hindu Heritage Month, community leaders, as well as policymakers, including US President Joe Biden, lighting lamps and immersing themselves in the festival of lights, Diwali celebrations at BAPS Swaminarayan temples across North America glittered with varied hues, lights, and delicious food that heightened the joy of traditional festivities.