Monday, June 05, 2006

Indian-American Community efforts profiled by New York Times


I want to bring to your attention a New York Times article published today, "Indian-Americans Test their Clout on Atom Pact that captures the surge in Indian-American activism inspired by the Indo-US nuclear deal. As you know Young India has been active on this front and its stance on the issue being included in the article is heartening.

I would like to take this opportunity to clarify my statement regarding immigrant activism that was quoted out of context. Young India itself is an organization made up of immigrants and we ourselves focus on issues that help us accrue intellectual credibility. In that context, it is an organization's and community's perogative to pursue all matters, big or small, to ensure a space at the table of democratic discourse. My statement was part of a larger answer in regards to the general question of immigrant activism.

On behalf of Young India I would like to take this opportunity to commend the efforts of the Indian-American community to galvanize itself on this issue. We may differ in our opinion pertaining to the details of the deal with our fellow citizens but as members of this larger community we are energized by every member of it that is dedicating time and energy to the cause of meaningful Indo-US relations.