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Among the 30 ‘elected, appointed and grassroots leaders’ of the Trump campaign’s Asian Pacific American Advisory Committee, four Indian Americans are also named

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Laconia Middle School, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Source: VOA

October 9, 2016: Among the 30 ‘elected, appointed and grassroots leaders’ of the Trump’s Asian Pacific American Advisory Committee, four Indian Americans are also named.

They are Puneet Ahluwalia of Virginia who is a rising star in GOP politics; K V Kumar from California who is a Republican Party activist and fundraiser who has been involved with GOP since the years of Reagan; Harry Walia of Florida, who is an entrepreneur, strongly supported by the Senator Marco Rubio in the primaries before getting on the Trump bandwagon; and Shalabh ‘Shalli’ Kumar of Illinois, who is the founder of the Hindu Republican Coalition.

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The Asian Pacific American Advisory Committee is aimed at engaging ‘Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on relevant issues to these important and vibrant communities.’ ‘The committee members will support and strengthen ties to each community and provide recommendations on how best to ensure AAPI voices are heard and included in the Campaign,’ the Trump Campaign said.

“It is an esteemed and accomplished group chosen by the Trump campaign and I am honored to be recognized and be part of it,” Ahluwalia told India Abroad.
He is actively involved in the Republican Party for past 16 years.

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“I have raised, contributed to various campaigns and importantly my committed active work with the grassroots as the first vice chair of Fairfax County Republican Committee and being elected to State Central Committee of Republican Party of Virginia was recognized by the leadership for this appointment,” Ahluwalia told India Abroad.

“A political outsider who will talk straight and not mince words, speak what is in most people’s mind but are unable to express is the voice of the silent majority.” Ahluwalia expressed why Trump would be good for the Indian-American community and for the US-India relations.

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KV Kumar, told India Abroad,“I served as a Trump delegate at the RNC Convention and have strongly supported Trump and Governor Pence for President and Vice President, respectively at the grassroots level and tried to bring in as many voters as I can to the fold, both in the Indian, Asian-American community and also among my friends and associates in the mainstream community.”

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

Indian cuisine in FIFA World cup
Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia
FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)