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Congress - The Way

 Dr Shashi Tharoor

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 A New Vision

 Vandana Shiva
 Combating GMOs

 Lifestyle Feature
 '3 Cities, 3 Chefs'

 Chef Manish

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 Chef Vikram Sunderam


 Richard Rahul Verma

 Kailash Satyarthi 

 Malala Yousafzai

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 UN Asia-Pacific
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 Rising Tide of Thyroid Conditions &   Diabetes

  Book Reviews
 Children of the

 Q & A - Feroze Dada

  Alim-ud-Din: A Straight

 In Memoriam
 Khushwant Singh

  BKS Iyengar

  Suchitra Sen















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Richard Rahul Verma

President Barack Obama nominated former State Department official Richard Verma, an Indian-American, as U.S. ambassador to India. If confirmed by Congress, Verma would become the first-ever Indian-American Ambassador to India.

Verma, 45, is currently a senior counselor at Steptoe & Johnson law firm in Washington D.C. and was earlier assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs at the State Department in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2011.

Like other immigrants, his father, now 82, left his wife and kids behind in India, and arrived in New York in 1963 hoping for a better future. The family joined him a few years later. He taught English Literature at the University of Pittsburgh for 40 years, while his mother became a special needs school teacher. Richard Rahul is the youngest of five siblings. I have been fortunate to have a very American upbringing with strong South Asian values and traditions.

Verma has served in the military, worked on the Hill, and has also had hands-on experience in South Asian matters. He has spent time in Pakistan and Nepal; worked extensively on Afghanistan; and also worked on issues related to India where he still has family ties.




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