Monthly Archives: January 2014
Over the last week I have used this site to vent my extreme frustration with both Washington, D.C. and New Delhi with an impassioned editorial about the Devyani Khobragade case. I used some unseasonably harsh language in it, toward both governments as well as the Indian Deputy Consul in question, but I stand by my opinions despite some of the criticism I’ve heard. I must admit to allowing my emotions to affect my writing, but I decided not to edit the piece. Next, I published a comic strip about the affair to laugh at the situation- a kind of therapy for myself and hopefully to members of the reading audience after a bad couple of weeks.Voicing my opinions wasn’t enough. Trying to laugh at the situation wasn’t sufficient, either. Something is still missing, especially as the situation has continued to spiral even further out of control, with both the United States and India stubbornly digging their heels in further in their respective and now very distant corners, instead of attempting to solve the issue with calm and civilized dialogue, of which I hear barely any. In an ironic but sweet, sweet twist, even Pakistan has found common cause with India on this issue. Both governments are wasting time and money to convene interdisciplinary study panels to prove why their own side is right- the worst possible approach as neither side now dares to capitulate. But I have admittedly been no better.
To use the old cliche, if you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem. In my previous editorial I described how this mess could have been prevented from my unique Indian-American point of view, but it’s far too late for that now. Too many hurtful actions and words have taken place that cannot be retracted. Therefore the time has come for some prescriptive words under the current circumstances as of January 8th, 2014. Hopefully, calmer heads can prevail after all and the bleeding can finally be stopped. Here is how. Read the rest of this entry
Happy new year to every visitor to usindiamonitor.com! (unless you are an evil spam bot- may you burn in robot hell!) This has been our best year by far thanks to our readers, followers on our Twitter feed, LinkedIn, WordPress, and Facebook. Yes, 2013 ended very, very badly for those of us who care about US-India relations. Please tell me, is there a hangover helper on the horizon to cure us of our new year’s malaise ??? As an American colleague relayed to me in a loose reference to the Times Square crystal ball, “it appears that your balls dropped.”
This week I came across an interesting post by Desiclub, a global information hub online for all things South Asian. They took on the challenge of compiling a list of the “50 Coolest Desis” to cap off the year 2013- representing the 10th anniversary edition of this feature. I was pleasantly surprised by several things in this year’s list. First of all, several friends and acquaintances of mine made the cut. I’m not a name-dropper, but you know who you are, and brown folks worldwide are proud of you. Secondly, Desiclub did us all a favor and drew from a variety of fields including the arts, government, philanthropy, athletics, and commerce. They drew from multiple countries and national backgrounds. Finally, our home base of New York City was highly represented- proving that the Big Apple is truly where all the action is regardless of your country of origin. The list wasn’t your typical kiss up to the rich and famous we see all too often in our community.
I strongly recommend you check this out. As a teaser, I’ve begun the countdown for you below. Congratulations to Desiclub and every single “cool” desi who made it this year.
– Mahanth S. Joishy Read the rest of this entry