What Makes A World Heritage Site?

Those athletes in Tokyo aren’t the only ones amassing accolades this week. In a gathering of another sort—this one honoring destinations of “outstanding universal value”—UNESCO is adding a number of new listings to its vaunted World Heritage List. The Trans-Iranian Railway, the great spa towns of […]

India, UK To Conduct Clinical Trials On ‘Ashwagandha’ For Covid Recovery

The Ayush ministry’s All India Institute of Ayurveda in collaboration with the United Kingdom’s London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine will conduct a study on ‘Ashwagandha’ for promoting recovery from Covid-19 in a boost to the traditional Indian medicine system. Both the institutions signed […]

“All People Deserve To Have A Voice In Their Government And Be Treated With Respect” US Secretary Blinken Declares During Visit To India

Democratic values and free citizenry define India, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinkensaid in New Delhi, during his first ever visit to India after the Biden Administration was installed in Washington, DC.  At a press conference after holding bilateral talks with his counterparts in India […]

Studies Examine Different Understandings, Varieties Of Diversity

Newswise — Attitudes toward diversity vary, and its meaning can often be difficult to find consensus about in an increasingly diverse but politically polarized nation such as the United States. In a report published by Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, University of Illinois Chicago researchers […]

Iranian Railway, Ancient Chinese City Among New UNESCO World Heritage Sites

This year's World Heritage sites include an ancient Chinese port city, an iconic boulevard in Spain, an eight-century-old Indian temple, the great spa towns of Europe, an archeological site in Turkey that dates back more than seven thousand years, and many more. So far, UNESCO […]

Miss/Mrs/Teen India Pageant In New Jersey Celebrates Indian Culture

Vaidehi Dongre, 25, a graduate of University of Michigan with International Business as Major, currently employed as Business Development Manager with New Zealand Trade Commission, won the coveted Miss India USA 2021 Pageant on Friday, July 16th at Royal Alberts Palace, Edison, NJ. Organized by […]

A R Rahman & Ananya Create India’s Olympics Anthem

Oscar, BAFTA and Grammy winning composer, A.R. Rahman and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Ananya Birla have joined forces for “Hindustani Way”, a song to cheer on the more than one hundred athletes representing India at this year’s Olympic Games. ‘Hindustani Way’ encapsulates the Games’ go-big-or-go-home ethos with rousing verses that […]

Dwarkamai’s “Centers of Spiritual Excellence” Celebrates Dhanyadivasam

Chicago IL: Dwarkamai, dedicated to organizing events and conducting activities directed towards personal spiritual development of the community by following the teachings of Shri Sainath, a saint from Shirdi The Guiding Principle behind opening Dwarkamai’s “Centers of Spiritual Excellence” was to take the worship center […]

Navatman Presents Drive East 2021, An Indian Dance and Music Festival

Navatman completes one decade of Drive East, a festival that brings various artists of different Indian performing arts genres into the most ambitious—and lauded—congregations of Indian classical music and dance outside of India. In this tenth year of the festival, Drive East delves deep to […]

Two-Thirds Of Romantic Couples Start Out As Friends, Study Finds

Newswise — Movies and television often show romance sparking when two strangers meet. Real-life couples, however, are far more likely to begin as friends. Two-thirds of romantic relationships start out platonically, a new study in Social Psychological and Personality Science finds. This friends-first initiation of romance […]

How Biden Won In 2020, How Trump Kept The Race Close, And What It Tells Us About The Future

As we saw in 2016 and again in 2020, traditional survey research is finding it harder than it once was to assess presidential elections accurately. Pre-election polls systemically misjudge who is likely to vote, and exit polls conducted as voters leave the voting booths get […]

Consulate General Of India In NY, International Ahimsa Foundation Celebrate Lord Mahavir’s 2620th Birth Anniversary

The International Ahimsa Foundation and the Consulate General of India in New York celebrated Non-Violence “A Message of Lord Mahavir” on June 27th, 2021. The event commemorated Lord Mahavir’s 2,620th birth anniversary as well as Mahatma Gandhi’s 152nd birth anniversary. Mahavir Jayanti is one of […]

AAPI’s 39th annual convention inaugurated in Atlanta

After nearly two years of isolation, virtual meetings, covid fears, the first ever in person event, the 39th annual Convention by American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) inaugurated at the at the fabulous and world famous Omni Atlanta at CNN Center and Georgia World Congress […]

Hundreds Join Virtually International Yoga Day 2021 By GOPIO Manhattan, Happy Life Yoga

The GOPIO-Manhattan (NYC) and Happy Life Yoga in cooperation with The Indian Panorama and Indian American Forum (Long Island) organized an International Yoga Event to raise awareness of Yoga and raise funds for “The Covid-19 Relief in India”.  SiddharthDeoraj Jain, Founding Life Member GOPIO Manhattan; […]

Classical Dance,Yoga performances amidsnature Captivates Audience

Guru Asha Adiga Acharya led “NupuraGeetha” dance ensemble team performed a memorizing dance performance near the lake area within Blackberry Farm in Aurora, IL USA on June 19th 2021.The event was organized by NupuraGeethaInc, a nonprofit organization for art and culture in Illinois, USA. Due […]

Medical Myths About Gender Roles Go Back To Ancient Greece. Women Are Still Paying The Price Today

We are taught that medicine is the art of solving our body’s mysteries. And we expect medicine, as a science, to uphold the principles of evidence and impartiality. We want our doctors to listen to us and care for us as people. But we also […]

International Yoga DayIn Houston To Focus On Well-Being Amid Pandemic

Although India’s second spike of COVID-19 has been dominating news headlines, it is the country’s ancient mind-body practice of yoga that is top of mind for some. Health and wellness experts around the world are gearing up to observe the seventh annual International Yoga Day […]

New B2B Tech Platform For Artisans From India

(New York, NY - June 15, 2021) Currently, small businesses in the U.S. and Canada are unable to source products directly from India, due to high minimum order quantities (MOQs), trust & reliability issues and, now, strict travel restrictions in place post-COVID. ENTER...BlueRickhsaw.com (BR), a highly-curated, digital, B2B, wholesale […]

NRI Couple Files Petition in Delhi Court, Urging India to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

An Indian American couple has filed a precedent-setting petition with the Delhi High Court, urging the Indian government to recognize same-sex marriages. The case was scheduled to be heard by the court on May 24 morning. But as petitioners Parag Mehta and Vaibhav Jain watched […]

Rise OfAntisemitism Globally &What’s Next For Israel-Palestinian Relations And Development?

American University experts are available for commentary and analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the rise of antisemitism in the United States and Europe. Experts available for comments include: Dan Arbell, scholar-in-residence in the Dept. of History, is a 25-year veteran of the Israeli Foreign Service, […]

Dalai Lama Holds Dialogue With Russian Scientists On Research Into Buddhist Thukdam Meditation

His Holiness the Dalai Lama last week conducted an in-depth online dialogue with Russian neuroscientists to discuss their ongoing research into the Buddhist phenomenon and practice of thukdam meditation (Tib: ཐུགས་དམ་). The term thukdam, derived from the Tibetan words thuk, meaning mind, and dam, meaning samadhi, describes an advanced type […]

Affan Baghpati’s Solo Exhibition, Anatomy Of A Horny Heart In New York

Aicon Contemporary in New York is presenting an exhibition of works by Affan Baghpati starting on May 1st, 2021. Affan Baghpati's work has been described by Arushi Vats, distinguished contemporary art writer, who states, "In Affan Baghpati's 'objets terrible'-hybrid assemblages of metal, stone, plastic that […]

Why Sikh Americans Again Feel Targeted After The Indianapolis Shooting

On Thursday night, a gunman killed eight people and injured several others before killing himself at a FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis. Four of the eight dead identified as Sikh and the facility was known to employ a significant number of members of the Sikh community. The […]

Michelle Obama With Puppets Showcases ‘Waffles + Mochi’ On Netflix, Taking Kids to Japan, Italy, and More

In Netflix’s new children’s series “Waffles + Mochi,” Waffles is a Yeti with a waffle for a father, and her sidekick Mochi is filled with strawberry ice cream. Together with the wise guidance of Michelle Obama, the former first lady, these intrepid puppets traverse the […]

Kerala Medical Students Join ‘Rasputin Dance Challenge’ To Protest Against Hate

In Kerala, an Instagram Reels video of two medical students - Naveen K Razak and Janaki M Omkumar - has inspired a dancing movement against hate. The two students received a lot of love and encouragement after they posted a 30-second clip of them dancing […]

US Does Not Describe Tibet As ‘Inalienable Part Of China’

As though a major change in policy, a US State Department report does not describe Tibet as an “inalienable part of China”. Reacting to the crucial development, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), headquartered in this northern India hill station, on Thursday said this year’s report […]

Biography Of Last Travancore Ruler Silent On His Dewan’s Machinations

A biography of the last Maharaja of Travancore that attempts to provide an “authentic” account of his accession and his legacy is, however, silent on the shenanigans of his Dewan, Sir C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar, to retain the independence of the province in 1947 and his […]

Touching Personal Narratives of Family Members of Indian Martyrs Share Life Stories At GOPIO-Manhattan’s Shaheed Diwas Celebrations

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s daughter Dr. Anita Bose Pfaff (Germany), Lord Rami Ranger (UK), Dr. Maya Chadda (USA) and Historian/Author Dr. Bhuvan Lall (India) were among those whoared their personal stories with audience. (New York, NY: March 28, 2021) If India and the people of […]

GOPIO New York Celebrates Indian Culture At Virtual Holi Festival

(New York, NY: March 29th, 2021) Holi is the national festival of colors, celebrated across India in different forms and traditions. The celebration of this colorful festival brings people of different faiths with diverse socio-political ideologies closer. This unity in diversity was experienced by participants […]

GOPIO Organizes 1st Ever “India’s Outreach to the Diaspora – Youth Perspective”

As the youth-led initiatives and their success stories around the world have shown, collective action from young people is already changing things for the better. Young people are the HOPE for the future as they are creative and fill of energy. Identifying youth leaders and […]

The Anti-Swastik Bill Will Not Move Forward: NY Democratic Party Chair Assures Indian-Americans

New York State Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs announced during a March 10, 2021, Zoom meeting with members of the Indian-American community, that the NY Senate Bill 2727, which designates the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain religious symbols as representing hate, “Will not move forward, it […]

Re-dedication Puno-Pratistha Puja Celebration of Ghosh-Dastidar Family

On the auspicious hour of 10 AM in the spring morning of 20 Falgun of the Bengali year 1427, Friday March 5, 2021, a celebration began among the evergreen beauty of rural interior of Barisal district, Bangladesh. The event of re-dedication puja service of Sri […]

In Pope Francis, Biden Has A Potential Ally — Who Shares The Same Catholic Detractors

The second Roman Catholic president in American history is a devout man who makes no secret of the importance of faith in his life. President Joe Biden is a regular churchgoer, often quotes St. Augustine and carries a rosary that belonged to his late son […]

Why Christo-Racist Nationalism and Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Are Gaining Ground in Kerala

The solo Indian flag that made an appearance among the vast swathe of Trump supporters storming the Capitol building in Washington D.C. recently, caught the attention of many. It was even more of a surprise when it was revealed that a Malayali Christian named Vinson Palathingal was […]

Rep. Meeks Commits Continued Strategic Relationship With India At GOPIO Event

“My participation in the celebration of India’s Republic Day today is a testament to the value I place on the friendship United States has with India,” including continued collaboration in all the possible sectors, while stating that the US -India strategic partnership, based on mutual […]

Dalai Lama: ‘We Can No Longer Say “My Nation” … We Should Say “My Planet”

In this time of COVID-19 and civil unrest in America, happiness often seems increasingly elusive. Yet that may not have to be so, and, in fact, such turmoil can offer opportunities for both personal and professional fulfillment. That was the theme of an online conversation Saturday night […]

From Shyamala Gopalan To Kamala Devi Harris: A Timeline Of Two Audacious Journeys

  When Kamala Harris takes oath as America’s Vice President, it will be a moment without equal in the country’s history. Harris will be the first Indian and Black American, first woman and first woman of colour to ever win election to America’s highest political […]

Jesuit Fr. Leo O’Donovan to deliver invocation at Biden inauguration

Jesuit Fr. Leo O'Donovan, former president of Georgetown University, will deliver the invocation at Joe Biden's presidential inauguration on Jan. 20. O'Donovan confirmed to NCR that Biden had personally called him and invited him to offer the prayer at the inauguration, which will mark the […]

Tibetans in Exile Vote to Elect New Government

Even after 70 years of Tibet's occupation by China, ethnic Tibetans across the globe, who mostly follow Lamaism, are determined to maintain their independence. Based in neighboring India, the Tibetan government in exile has started the election process for its new Tibetan parliament-in-exile, called the […]

“A Culture of Care as a Path to Peace:” Pope’s 54th World Day of Peace Message

In his message for the 54th World Day of Peace, which will be celebrated on Jan. 1, 2021, Pope Francis offers the Church’s social doctrine as a compass to foster a culture of care for peace in the world. Pope Francis appeals to the international […]

GOPIO-CT Raises Funds For Local Charity, And Elects New Team At Annual Christmas Party

GOPIO-CT organized its General Body Meeting (GBM) elected a new team. In its report to the GBM, President Ashok Nichani said that in spite of the Corona Virus pandemic and subsequent lockdown, GOPIO-CT did some outstanding work in helping local food pantries and providing KN95 […]

Endowed Chair in Hindu and Jain Studies Established at University of California

Since antiquity, according to religious studies scholars, two of the world’s oldest traditions, Hinduism and Jainism, co-existed on the Indian subcontinent. They share many spiritual practices, philosophical paradigms and ethical principles while simultaneously maintaining their unique, independent identities. Over two dozen families, individuals and foundations […]

Classical Musicians From India & North America Perform At The Chaar Prahar Indian Classical Music Festival For A Global Audience

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan USA, Sneh Arts, Kolkata Sitar School & Viewcy in association with the Consulate General of India & Dhwani Academy of Percussion Music presented the 2nd Annual Chaar Prahar Indian Classical Music Festival. Adapting to the challenges of the global pandemic, the festival […]

Amidst Pandemic, Poverty, Indian PM Lays Foundation For New Parliament Building

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone of the new Parliament building which will be equipped with all modern audio visual communication facilities and data network systems -- making it a symbol of Atmanirbhar Bharat. Modi also performed 'Bhoomi Poojan' for the construction of […]

First Ever ‘Decolonized’ English Translation Of Famous Ancient Indian Scripture

Ten years in the making, a new English version of the world’s most translated – and mistranslated – ancient Indian scripture could be the purest because it does not include colonial, western or Christian distortions. Written more than 5,000 years ago – some calculate 7,500 […]
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