The Gandhi Mandela King Conference was conducted by the University of Kwazulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg, from June 6-9, 2023. The event was in mark the 130th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s eviction from the First Class Compartment on June 7, 1893.
US Lawmakers came and held forth. On Mahatma Gandhi. On the Taj Mahal. And Indian-Americans, their riches and their achievements. Anything but Hindu-Americans. The problem: The lawmakers had been invited to an event hosted by a combination of Hindu-Americans — Americans for Hindus and the Hindu American Foundation — in Capitol Hill on Wednesday to support and bless a move to launch a religion-specific Hindu Caucus in the US congress, which, in the words of the hosts, would take care of the Hindus, protect their interests and, most urgently, combat Hinduphobia.
At his first public appearance after landing in the United States, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi told an invite-only audience at the University of Santa Cruz’s Silicon Valley campus in Santa Clara, California that India is like an ocean facing a storm, and that this too shall pass. He was responding to specific question on what is often viewed as social engineering in the country, led by the governing BJP’s Hindutva principles.
Another statue of Mahatma Gandhi was vandalised at a university campus in Burnaby, Canada, the Consulate General of India in Vancouver announced on Tuesday, just days after another statue was targeted in Ontario.
The Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIIDS) has raised issues and policy matters important for Indian Americans before the 118th Congress, the speaker of the house, and recently elected India Caucus leadership. FIIDS has stressed and urged the India Caucus to focus on critical issues like immigration, the US-India partnership, countering terrorism, establishing peace, climate change and international treaties.
The Indian community was left in a state of shock after burglars broke into a Hindu temple in the US state of Texas and stole its donation box, the media reported. The Brazos County Sheriff’s Office said they are investigating the burglary at Shri Omkarnath Temple located in Brazos Valley, Texas, which took place on January 11.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the chief minister of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, addressed the Indian diaspora in the US virtually on December 6 to invite them to the ‘Invest Madhya Pradesh – Global Investors Summit’ scheduled on January 11 and 12, 2023 and also for the 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas from January 8 to 10, 2023. Both events will be held in Indore city.