With the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States, America is closing one of the darkest and saddest chapters in its history and opening a new one filled with hope and optimism. The swearing in of the former vice president and senator at noon on Wednesday will herald a new dawn not just in the United States, but the world as well. The destructive nature of Trump’s presidency has been well-documented by the U.S. and international media. To name just a … [Read more...]
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On January 6, a mob of anarchists, conspiracy theorists, and delusional Trump supporters carrying Trump/Pence, American and Confederate flags stormed and desecrated the hallowed halls of Congress. This stunning act of insurrection and assault on our democracy was incited by Donald Trump. For the four years that he has been in office, the Trump administration has been engaged in a continuing assault. That assault is the hollowing out of the federal government. While not as visible to the … [Read more...]
Never in my five decades as an American have I been more saddened or concerned for my adopted country of the United States of America than on January 6, 2021. That was the day the President of the United States, who decisively lost his bid for re-election, orchestrated an insurrection by encouraging his supporters to attack the Capitol building, where a joint session of Congress was meeting to certify the victory of his successor. The attack on the hallowed halls of … [Read more...]
This past Christmas Eve, NBC ran the Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. Those who have not seen this phenomenal film might think it is just another feel good and mindless holiday movie. It is not. It is just the opposite. It is a feel real and mindful “dark” movie with a powerful message. That message is what we do in our life to build community and to help others matters, even if we lose sight and confidence that it does. The 1946 film, directed by Frank Capra, tells the story of … [Read more...]
The year 2020 has been a destructive one for the global economy. The Covid-19 pandemic has destroyed the health and livelihood of hundreds of millions across the planet. To date, the virus has infected more than 80 million people worldwide and claimed nearly 1.8 million lives, with the United States accounting for almost a fourth of all infections and close to a fifth of the fatalities. In economic terms, the disruptions caused by the healthcare crisis will end up shaving 4.2% off the … [Read more...]
As we enter the holiday season and approach the new year, I want to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt best wishes to and for India and Indians. Because of COVID-19, 2020 has been an extremely trying year. We have all had to try harder. We have done so across the board and it is starting to pay off. Vaccines are now being distributed in the UK, the US, in other countries and will soon be distributed across India. That is a reason for hope and to be of good … [Read more...]
Holidays and a new year are reasons to celebrate and to look for new beginnings. As we near 2021, we have a need to do both, writes columnist Frank F. Islam. I recently wrote an article for India doing that. I share it here with you my fellow members of the Indian American diaspora in the belief that you will find it of interest and hold many of these same sentiments for your relatives on the other side of the globe. ******* As we enter the holiday season and … [Read more...]
On this International Migrants Day, it is worth noting that not every migrant succeeds in an adopted land. For evidence, one need not go beyond the Indian American community. While the community’s many successes and accomplishments have been well-documented, a less-publicized fact is the plight of hundreds of thousands of Indian nationals in the United States, writes Frank Islam for South Asia Monitor. So, on this year’s International Migrants Day, as we celebrate the successes of … [Read more...]
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door. - Words of poet Emma Lazarus at the base of the Statue of Liberty ‘My late step-father, Samuel Pisar, was one of 900 children in his school in Bialystok, Poland, but the only one to survive the Holocaust after four years in concentration camps. ‘At … [Read more...]
Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division; have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. Those were the words of president-elect Donald Trump in his acceptance speech on November 9 after it was apparent that he would be the winner in the 2016 election. Four years later, when it was apparent that he would be the loser of the 2020 election, Trump was … [Read more...]