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When it's India v Pakistan, it's Never Just Cricket

By Sandip Roy, Mar 30, 2011 7:22 PM

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The headline in my morning newspaper sums it up – Relax, boys, it is just a match, Enjoy it. There was nothing else on the front page except cricket. India is nuts about cricket. And its obsessed with Pakistan. And when India and Pakistan play off against each other, it’s a deadly combo. Game of the Century the banner headline reads. Imagine that. It’s only 2011.


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DOMA and Obama - Time to Leave Nuance Behind?

By Sandip Roy, Feb 24, 2011 1:43 AM

 Once President Obama’s most appealing asset was his grasp of nuance. Now he often feels like a prisoner of it. He has directed his Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court. But the White House also clarified he is still opposed to same-sex marriage and supports civil unions. His views on same-sex marriage are apparently still “evolving”. Perhaps the president needs some cover before he does a u-turn from his campaign trail stance on the issue. Or perhaps it’s really about nuance. But sometimes you have to be red or blue, not just an evolving shade of mauve. Sometimes you lead by example, not by nuance.

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Tiger Mother Haunts Obama's SOTU

By Sandip Roy, Jan 26, 2011 8:36 AM

Obama did not mention Amy Chua in his State of the Union.

But the Tiger Mother, who is everywhere these days, was hovering over his speech like Banquo’s ghost.

He mentioned China four times in the speech.

  • Meanwhile, nations like China and India realized that with some changes of their own, they could compete in this new world.
  • Just recently, China became the home to the world's largest private solar research facility, and the world's fastest computer.
  • China is building faster trains and newer airports. Meanwhile, when our own engineers graded our nation's infrastructure, they gave us a "D."
  • Recently, we signed agreements with India and China that will support more than 250,000 jobs here in the United States.

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Sikhs Hope for AG's Action on Bearded Guard

By Sandip Roy, Jan 18, 2011 9:45 AM

California's new attorney general acknowledged her Indian heritage by including a 10-minute Indian classical dance performance at her inauguration, but Indian-American advocates are keen to see if Kamala Harris will move on the case of a bearded Sikh man who wants to serve as a prison guard in California, reports Sunita Sohrabji for India West.

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Israel-Palestine Conflict Plays Out in BART Signs

By Sandip Roy, Jan 11, 2011 9:40 AM

BART has approved new posters headlined "Stop Palestinian Terrorism: Teach Peace" at six stations, reports j., the Jewish news weekly.

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Bay Area Indians Help Mumbai Hospitals Find Beds

By Sandip Roy, Jan 11, 2011 2:00 AM

After a young mother died in Mumbai for lack of 10 pints of A-negative blood, Aparna Hegde, a Stanford University OB/GYN specialist doing her residency at the hospital in India, decided to do something to make sure it didn't happen again, reports India West.

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A Tale of Two Assassins

By Sandip Roy, Jan 10, 2011 2:51 PM

 A moderate centrist politician who had taken some controversial stances is gunned down in broad daylight. The gunman is caught.

The parallels are striking but the similarities end there.

In Arizona the assailant is the crazy guy, the loner, the anti-social, the one everyone is quick to disown. The sigh of relief is that he acted alone.

In Pakistan, he immediately becomes proof of something systemic. Malik Mumtaz Qadri is just its apocalyptic messenger leaving behind a trail of guns and roses.

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Looking for Dick Cheney's Heart

By Sandip Roy, Jan 4, 2011 11:29 PM

 Dick Cheney is not heartless. He just has less of a heart. The New York Times says Cheney’s heart will never beat at full strength again. His new mechanical pump leaves patients without a pulse because it does not mimic the heart’s own beat.

So Dick Cheney has no pulse. Yet he walks among us. This is the Twilight Zone, verily.

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Cricket Club Weathers Dry Budget Season

By Sandip Roy, Jan 4, 2011 10:35 AM

The immigrant population in the Bay Area from cricket-playing countries has led to an explosion of cricketing leagues. The Indus Cricket Club, for example, was established in 1998 and represents about 60 players from Milpitas. The club even has its own home ground, the Rancho Softball Field.

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Immigration Lawyers Begin Prison Sentences

By Sandip Roy, Dec 17, 2010 3:30 PM

Two Indian-American brothers, partners in a Northern California law firm, have begun multi-year sentences for immigration fraud reports India West.

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Hate Crime Charge for Sikh Attackers

By Sandip Roy, Dec 10, 2010 4:00 PM

 After a five-day manhunt, two suspects in the beating of a Sikh cabdriver in Sacramento have turned themselves in. Pedro Antonio Ramirez, 41 and Johnny Morales, 33, pleaded not guilty on Nov. 28 to felony assault with hate crime enhancements on cab driver Harbhajan Singh, 56. Ramirez and Morales allegedly yelled "f--k you, Osama bin Laden" and "f--k you, Arabian" while attacking Singh, leaving him with a broken nose, a bruised ribcage and eye and head injuries.

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Indian Americans Duped by 'Predatory' SF Attorney

By Sandip Roy, Dec 1, 2010 12:10 PM

A lawsuit against disbarred immigration attorney Martin Guajardo is drawing special attention from Indian-American media because one of the three plaintiffs in the case is Punjabi. Jagdeep Singh has already been deported to India reports Sunita Sohrabji for India West after his bid for political asylum failed. The Punjabi community is regarded as particularly vulnerable to immigration fraud because many of them are low income and have limited English skills.

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Bay Area Jews Protest Netanyahu Speech

By Sandip Roy, Nov 15, 2010 11:35 AM

Two Bay Area Jews were among the five protesters who heckled Israeli Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu during his speech Monday to the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America in New Orleans, reports j. weekly.

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Dance Performance Tells Punjabi-Mexican Story

By Sandip Roy, Nov 10, 2010 10:50 AM

An upcoming performing arts event tells the story of a curious bit of California history -- the Punjabi-Mexicans.


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Giants and Rangers: The Jewish Connection

By Sandip Roy, Nov 1, 2010 4:00 PM

Nothing succeeds like success. Everyone wants a piece of the San Francisco Giants these day.

Andy Altman-Ohr reports about the Giants’ Jewish connections in j., the Jewish newsweekly. Giants president Larry Baer grew up in San Francisco’s Richmond District and used his bar mitzvah money to buy Saturday Giants home game tickets. He says they called it “the bar mitzvah box.”

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Local Jewish Group on Anti-Israel List

By Sandip Roy, Oct 28, 2010 3:30 PM

The Anti-Defamation League's list of the top 10 anti-Israel groups in America includes a Bay Area Jewish organization, reports j., a Northern California Jewish news weekly.

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Bay Area Women Protest at Western Wall

By Sandip Roy, Oct 8, 2010 10:10 AM

Bay Area synagogues have joined in the fight to allow women to read from the Torah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, reports j. weekly. The aim is to inundate the Israeli government with 10,000 images of women studying, teaching and reading from Torah scrolls, which is condemned by the ultra-Orthodox groups that control the Western Wall.

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Lou Dobbs Does a Meg Whitman Does a Zoe Baird

By Sandip Roy, Oct 7, 2010 5:15 PM

“Well, I guess you are never going to run for political office.”

That’s what my friend’s partner told her when Meg Whitman’s housekeeper showed up on the evening news. (And I thought the undocumented had no power because they had no vote.)

It turns out that if you are a moderately well-heeled American, you probably have a Nicandra Diaz in your closet. (At least cleaning it out). If not a housekeeper, then a nanny, a gardener, or just the guy who helped build your deck.

Or in Lou Dobbs’ case looked after his horses. 


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Web Program Teaches Kids Urdu

By Sandip Roy, Oct 4, 2010 10:00 AM

Immigrant parents often send their children off to weekend language schools to learn Mandarin or Arabic to keep in touch with their cultural roots. Now a Silicon Valley engineer is giving Pakistani parents an opportunity to teach Urdu at home, a child-friendly web-based program called e-Shagird (student), reports Pakistan Link. Engineer Syed Hassan Abbas began the project three years ago, partly, he said, to avoid the "religious content which has sadly, become part of Urdu curriculum in recent decades, especially in Pakistan."

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Tyler Clementi and the Eye of the Webcam

By Sandip Roy, Sep 30, 2010 10:19 PM

After two decades in the U.S. I still feel a thrill of recognition when I see a South Asian name in the media. A winner on a cooking show on the Food Network, a congressional candidate in Kansas, a new appointee to some team on the White House - it does not matter, there is always that twinge of pride.

I look out for these names.

That was why I noticed Dharun Ravi’s name. And felt a chill go through me. 18-year-old Tyler Clementi had jumped off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate and a friend secretly taped him on their webcam having a sexual encounter with another man. And then they streamed it on the Internet.

The roommate’s name was Dharun Ravi. The headline on one article said
Dharun Ravi: The Reason for Tyler Clementi’s Suicide.

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