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May 2009

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Sayantan Chakravarty


In America’s modern times, the Indian community that numbers less than one per cent of the country’s population has played a significant role. If you read the piece titled High Achievers by GOPIO president Inder Singh you’ll know what I mean. Having made their mark in science, software, medicine, engineering, economics, industry and culture, the members of this community are now slowly, but surely, moving towards the political arena. It is evident from the increasing Indian representation in American politics that the community is keener than ever before to not just have a say on how their adopted nation is run, but also to have more voices of their own. In this cover story, we were inspired by the recent appointment of Bobby Kumar Kalotee as chairman of the Reform Party, USA, one of the country’s major political parties at the national level. It is for the very first time that an Indian American has achieved such a wonderful distinction, and by the time of the next presidential elections in the USA, Bobby Kumar will have a huge say on who will run America next. Indeed for Bobby Kumar, it has been a fascinating journey. From living in slum-like conditions in Punjab that taught him to be humble early on in life, to washing dishes in Greece, and then landing in the USA at the age of 21 not knowing a word of English, he’s seen it all. And now he’s seeing it all, once again. We bring you an account of the Bobby Kumar journey, and also weave in a refreshing interview with him along the way.

In this America special, we take a look at how cricket now promises to become the next big sport to have made its way to the New World, outside the Caribbean. Courtesy SPAN magazine, we have a story on the DreamCricket Academy in New Jersey, including the visit of Sunil Gavaskar and his day out with aspiring young cricketers in the USA. These boys are all dreaming cricket, and so are their parents.
From this issue, we introduce a new section called Giving Back to India. It will feature stories on Indians who having made their millions and their mark abroad are now turning to small towns and villages in India to start community work. This spirit of giving back to the motherland is what we have captured in the activities of Senthil Gopal, a software engineer who worked in Detroit for a few years before heading back home. Today, he is at the cutting edge of grass-roots development programmes in the Perambalur district of Tamil Nadu.

In our history section, the second of the series, we have some revealing dossiers from declassified CIA documents on Guyana, from around the time Guyana was aspiring for independence and going in for its first democratic elections. It gives us an insight into American and British policies of the time.

Happy reading..

Sayantan Chakravarty

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Rakesh K. Simha

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Vatsala Kaul, Dinesh Raheja, Indrani Talukdar (all India), Srikanth Beldona, Dharminder Diwan, Arnelle Hartenstein (all US), Monica Kapoor (New Zealand), Ramesh Mathew (Qatar)

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