Young India

Sunita Williams poised to set space walking record

NRI starts youth programme for religious tolerance in America

Sunita Williams—who recently became the first person of Indian descent to take a stroll in space—is set to become the world’s most experienced female space walker.

Flight engineer Williams and International Space Station Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria will take three spacewalks in nine days to step up station assembly. Their job is to attach the Destiny lab to a new cooling system.

While on the space station, Michael, assisted by Williams, both US Naval Academy grads, swore in 16 sailors aboard the carrier USS Eisenhower during a special live link from the space.

Eboo Patel, a Muslim who migrated with his parents from Mumbai to Chicago over thirty years ago and was later a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University, where he received a doctorate in the sociology of religion, has started Inter Faith Youth Core, an organisation that brings together young people from various parts of the world, whose function is to promote inter religious understanding.

Patel’s aim is for young people from different religions to come together to volunteer, in environmental programmes, in child tutoring and in building homes for the less fortunate.

His groups now have 36,000 people worldwide who cooperate to serve the common good. His group has partnered with leaders and organisations including the office of Queen Rania of Jordan, Bill Clinton, the US State Department and the US Institute of Peace.


Hillary Clinton chooses NRI for policy director

New York Democratic Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who confirmed she will run for President in the 2008 elections, has chosen Neera Tanden to be her campaign policy director.

Tanden was advisor to President Bill Clinton and will now work for Hillary’s campaign. Hillary Clinton if elected will be the first American woman President in history.

Tanden, 37, has worked for the Clinton camp for almost 15 years, including during the campaign of Bill Clinton and as Hillary’s legislative aide in Washington. Tanden has been senior vice-president academic affairs at the Centre for Responsive Politics. She was in charge of all Hillary Clinton’s briefings and talking points.

Born in Boston and brought up in Bedford, Tanden is a graduate of the University of California and attended Yale Law School. Tanden is married to Benjamin Edwards, an artist and art gallery owner in New York. She has two children.