As India celebrates its 71st Independence Day, it must remember the sacrifices made by leaders of the freedom movement. It was their vision, idealism, commitment to democracy, secularism and pluralism that made India an exceptional nation in the world. India's commitment to secularism and rule of law is unmatched and unparalleled. But, unfortunately, over the past several months, violent acts carried out by some members of right-wing groups posing themselves as cow vigilantes have … [Read more...]
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President Trump’s campaign-rally type remarks were totally inappropriate for this audience. Donald Trump is a BSA and that does not stand for Boy Scouts of America. He proved that in spades when he spoke before the National Scout Jamboree in Glen Jean, West Virginia on Monday, July 25. Early in his speech, the President proclaimed, “I said, ‘Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m in front of the Boy Scouts.’ Right?” He then proceeded to spend the bulk of his … [Read more...]
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House did not receive a large amount of press coverage in the United States. The most notable quote came during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden when President Trump proclaimed: "I am proud to announce to the media, to the American people, that Prime Minister Modi and I are world leaders in social media." Trump's comment missed the real significance of his … [Read more...]
For more than a decade now, much has been written about the increasing polarization and the tremendous philosophical and political differences among those in various states and regions of this country. There are: The red states and the blue states. The coastal states and the heartland states. The big states and the little states. The question becomes is the American democracy at risk because of this balkanization? The answer is it all depends. Truth be told – and it … [Read more...]
Getting to 50 votes should be a means not an end. The end should be an improved health care bill that benefits all Americans. Donald J. Trump, after watching Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) make a similar recommendation on Fox News Friday morning, June 30, tweeted , “If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date.” While President Trump didn’t put it this way, the real intent behind this proposal … [Read more...]
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its potential impact on American workers and our economy have been front and center in the media for the past few years. An article by Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson that ran on Linkedin recently declared “Why ‘How many jobs will be killed by AI?’ is the wrong question.” That title got us thinking. What is the right question? In our opinion, the right question is: What is more dangerous to the future of the American democracy and economy, the … [Read more...]
Education is the powerful equaliser that can empower them to make India a better place. Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently called for empowerment and education of Muslim women. One would have expected this call to receive widespread acceptance and support. It did not. There was resistance on several fronts for a variety of reasons. Some saw Modi’s move as a political stunt. Some questioned whether Modi was doing anything meaningful in the area of education and empowerment of Muslim … [Read more...]
Frank F Islam is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, civic leader and thought leader in America with roots in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh. He has a special commitment to civic, educational and artistic causes. In all his endeavours, he strives to create opportunities that are sustainable and uplifting for humanity, guided by hard work, focus, quality, innovation and kindness. Frank currently heads the FI Investment Group, a private investment holding company that he established in 2007 after he sold … [Read more...]
Our country needs to be able to make war, but it needs to try to make peace first. The release of President Donald Trump’s first budget on May 23, 2017 has created quite a fuss. With its huge cuts to and elimination of domestic programs, redistribution of funds from the middle class and poor to the richest Americans and failure to balance, the budget has generated a significant hue and cry against it. There has even been dissatisfactionexpressed by some in the areas of military … [Read more...]
When Donald Trump came into office as president on January 20, 2017, he had neither governmental nor military experience. This was the first time in the history of this nation that any American president did not have a background in one of those two areas. The thought and hope of many was that because he was a “successful” business person he would learn on the job, be a quick study, and become presidential. He has not. What Trump has done instead is to try to run this country … [Read more...]