Achal Mehra

Empires R Us

A steady stream of recent news and scholarly articles has been predicting the decline and fall of the American Empire.

Opulence Lost

Opulent Lite Investment Manager Neil Godbole lived large as the fund was imploding, but has scaled back after it liquidated.

Namaste America!

Asian Indians are the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States.

Indians Behaving Badly

It is time for some soul-searching within the community, before more Indians discover themselves attracting the relentless public humiliation that Kaur’s boorish and arrogant conduct has subjected her to.

Clay-Footed Titans

The slew of recent financial scandals in which so many Indians have been ensnared is the natural corollary of the community’s fixation with wealth.

Experiments With Gandhi

Even the most uncharitable reading of Mahatma Gandhi’s life and works would discount any possibility that Gandhi had sexual liaisons, much less homosexual ones, after 1906. Only fabricated and dishonest interpretations can — and have.

Joseph Lelyveld

“I thought the book might be controversial for other reasons.”

Gandhi For Dummies

Clearly the self-appointed guardians of Gandhi’s legacy neither have read Lelyveld’s book nor have any understanding of the man they so venerate.

Searching For India

Wikipedia, the CIA and the U.S. State Department are the principal sources for a majority of people searching for information about India on the Web.

The New McCarthyism

Islamic terrorists should indeed be ferreted out wherever they are. But King’s hearings and other Republican and right wing theatrics and political grandstanding serve only to inflame bigotry while doing nothing to address the genuinely serious problem of homegrown terrorism.

Caught in the Vise

For centuries, the ruling kings, sultans and emirs in the Middle East have plundered their national resources to finance their extravagant lifestyles.

Dreams & Nightmares

Some day theories of the multiverse may yield satisfying secular answers to our most enduring existential questions on life, justice and afterlife.

Diplomatic Inhumanity

The humiliating pat-down of India's Ambassador Meera Shankar might sensitize Indian diplomats to the indignity and pain experienced by thousands of its citizens seeking consular services every year at the hands of inept, indifferent and callous Indian consular officers.

Opulent Lies

Hedge Fund Manager Neil Godbole is fined by the SEC for defrauding investors

Security Bruises

The infighting between the U.S. Secret Service and the Indian security agencies was a frequently entertaining and always frustrating backstory dogging Obama’s four-day India visit.

A Tight Embrace

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wrapped his arms tightly around Pres. Barack Obama at every public event, visually symbolizing what Obama called a “defining partnership of the 21st century” between the two countries.

Political Frontier

The 2010 elections were a watershed moment for the Indian American community.

Hedge Fund Manager Fined by SEC for Concealing $14 Million in Trading Losses

Opulent Lite Manager Neil Godbole is barred from the securities industry for defrauding investors.

Shame Of A Nation

Unlike China, which showcased its economic and organizational prowess on the global stage by pulling off a spectacular Olympics, India was internationally humiliated by the ineptness and chaos that engulfed the Commonwealth Games.

Teed Off!

Magic markers and cardboard signs have a shot against spreadsheets and slick powerpoint presentations again.

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