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Kathak in the City

Posted on 07. Dec, 2009 by .

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Kathak is one of eight classical dance forms of India. Because kathak originated in North India, it is the only Indian classical dance style that has Islamic influences: by India’s medieval shahs – the Mughals – and their Persian style. Kathak is also known for it’s tatkar (complex footwork), natural posture style and chakkars (intense […]

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Gallery Opening Reception of "Sikhtoons" commemorates 25th Anniversary of Sikh massacre

Posted on 20. Nov, 2009 by .

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Thursday night was the gallery opening reception for “When a Big Tree Falls,” an exhibit by Vishavjit Singh that commemorates this year being the 25th anniversary of Operation Blue Star and the massacre of Sikhs during the anti-Sikh riots. In this exhibit, Singh sought to illustrate the events that occurred in North India during the […]

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Muslim New Yorkers Respond to Fairness of American Media Coverage of the Fort Hood Killings

Posted on 13. Nov, 2009 by .

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The Fort Hood killings that took place on Thursday, November 5 and resulted in the deaths of 13 American have caused a wave of media coverage on various aspects of the incident and its ramifications, including attention to the fact that the alleged killer, Nidal Malik Hasan,was Muslim. News outlets seem to be insinuating a […]

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Pakistani New Yorkers on Kerry-Lugar Bill: Not Offensive, but Won't Help

Posted on 06. Nov, 2009 by .

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The Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009, also known as the Kerry-Lugar Bill, has been under much criticism lately from the government of Pakistan, in particular because of the clauses it contains which ensure that the the money, $1.5 billion per annum for five years, will not be funneled into the military, but into […]

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An Oasis of Comfort along a Relentless Stretch

Posted on 01. Nov, 2009 by .

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Here, amongst the office for an Urdu weekly, a large mosque and a travel agency that specializes in tickets to Pakistan is Bukhari Restaurant and Sweets. This restaurant is the closest thing this stretched-out immigrant enclave in Brooklyn, known as ‘Little Pakistan’, has to a central area. Inside Bukhari, you can find are heavy plates […]

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Uninsured Indian-Americans on the Public Option

Posted on 23. Oct, 2009 by .

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Indian-Americans have disproportionately higher rates of cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes. When most people think of Indian-Americans, they usually don’t think of them as being without insurance. But, at the center of the healthcare reform debate is the public option and whether or not to include it. Jay Ijaz, 26, from Bronx, N.Y. is a cashier at […]

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Pakistan's 9/11?

Posted on 16. Oct, 2009 by .

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News of five new coordinated attacks in northern Pakistan broke yesterday morning. Of the five, there were three attacks in Lahore, widely regarded as Pakistan’s most cosmopolitan and safest city. At latest count, 39 people are dead. The attacks were claimed by Tehrik-i-Taliban, a group known to have links to the Taliban. There were also […]

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High Hopes and Responsibility for Obama

Posted on 09. Oct, 2009 by .

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I am still deciding how I feel about President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize. I don’t believe that he deserves it for his efforts, yet, because nothing he has begun has been able to come to fruition. Perhaps, though this award is being given for his impact on the general “mood” changed that he […]

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Desert Caravan: Rhythm of Rajasthan

Posted on 03. Oct, 2009 by .

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On Saturday, September 26, the Rhythm of Rajasthan gave their New York debut performance at Symphony Space on the Upper West Side as the grand finale to the Fifth Annual New York Gypsy Festival in conjunction with the World Music Institute. The Rhythm of Rajasthan is a group of tribal folk singers from the Thar […]

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Permanent Expansion of the G7! Finally!

Posted on 25. Sep, 2009 by .

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At last, the M-BRICK and seven other countries will be officially recognized. I think the 13 nations that are now being permanently included should have been included much earlier. It’s sad that it took a global recession for leaders to realize that having a mere seven small, elite  nations in charge of global finance would […]

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