By Dave Makkar
Edison, NJ: India Day Parade by FIA in NY & IBA in NJ has become a mindless affair for Democrats, few Republicans and Photo Hungry Desi’s (PHDs) posing as community leaders along with their friends.
The Democrats and Republicans are paraded because both have failed to ensure equal rights to Indians. Whether it is worst ever called racial slurs for Indian community in over 200 years of US history or job discrimination to Indians or police brutality against Indians or racial profiling against Indians or brutal murder of Indians; NY/NJ Republicans and Democrats failed to ensured justice to the community members.
In both Parades FIA and IBA can spend hundred of thousands dollars but cannot give scholarships to deserving students from less fortunate families from the community. They can talk about Indian culture and heritage but can not give recognition or performing platform to US-born Indian American children, who can play the musical instruments of their ancestors, can perform Indian classical dances and can recite songs in classical music in various Indian languages.
Most pathetic is dominance of Bollywood personalities and their totally out-of-tune local imitations with doubtful integrity, who are stealing from community organizations and selling its honor and dignity. Then there are meaningless and irrelevant floats; no where reflecting the rich culture and heritage of Maa Durga’s India or Lord Krishna’s India or Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s India or Jesus Christ’s India or Prophet Mohammad’s India or Maha-tama Gandhi’s or Sardar Patel’s or Abdul Kalam’s or Ratan Tata’s or Azim Premji’s modern India. Neither these floats reflects contributions of Indian Americans like Dr. Sam Pitroda, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Nora Jones, Prof. Jagdish Bhagwati, Prof. Sunil Khilnani, Indra Nooyi, Victor Menenzes, Umang Gupta, Vikram Pundit, Sucheta and Anil Kapuria, Vinod Khosla, Vinod Dham, Sonny Mehta, etc., in the American society and economy.
People, who understand public service and are capable of bringing good for the Indian and American community, are side lined because they are not willing to bow to the dictates of PHD organizers.