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July 2011

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Sayantan Chakravarty


Last month we carried on our cover the story of young Indian Americans in the USA who have made a habit of winning the prestigious National Spelling Bee competition. This time, we are once again focusing on youth, specifically the young, talented Indian origin scientists who are making an entire nation sit up and take notice. In March, over 1,700 high school seniors vied for a top prize of USD 100,000 at one of America’s most prestigious science competitions. Here, students mostly in the age-group of 15 to 18, submitted individual projects to what is one of America’s most prestigious science competitions—the Intel Science Talent Search.

Like the National Spelling Bee which started in the year 1925, the Intel Science Talent Search is also an established competition. It began in 1942. Few would have thought that it would take only a few decades before students of Indian origin would overshadow all others at these competitive national contests. No doubt, they challenge a teenager’s mental faculties, as well intellectual strengths.

Twenty five per cent of the 40 finalists were of Indian origin, a high percentage considering that Indian Americans as a community number less than one per cent of the entire US population. The finalists were invited to the White House to meet President Barack Obama who congratulated them on their achievements and spoke about America’s renewed focus on science and math education.

As you enjoy this read, do also look at some of the other stories focused on Indians across the world. We have been compelled to write once more on Rami Ranger, MBE, a remarkable British businessman of Indian origin who each year gets better at his job, and receives excellence awards from the Queen. There is a story on California entrepreneur Bicky Singh who has brought Sikhs closer worldwide through the internet. And on the philanthropic front we have Harilela from Hong Kong, a dynamic businessman who even after eight decades overseas has not forgotten his Indian roots. 

The Indian conclave in Trinidad and Tobago has received our special attention just like other happenings concerning the Indian diaspora across the world. 

Happy reading.


Sayantan Chakravarty

Consulting Editor
Rakesh Krishnan 

Head - Design and Layout
Jaydev Bisht 

Contributions From
Jane Varner Malhotra, Inder Singh, Deepanjali Kakati, Yogi Ashwini, Kavita Sharma

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