News India Times – that’s all you need to know Special Report News India Times November 26, 2021 7 Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg In Succession Spotlight moting the infrastructure plan. On Mon- day, he fielded questions from reporters at theWhite House, the first Cabinet secretary to do so after the bill’s passage. “When our communications team presents me with copy, I usually cross out the word ‘excited’ because I think it’s overused, and I often rub out the excla- mation points because it’s not always my style,” Buttigieg said. “But we are excited, with an exclamation point, about what we’re going to be able to deliver.” Buttigieg’s team noted that his depart- ment will be transformed from a $90 billion agency into a nearly $140 billion agency, and already he has visited more than a dozen states and held roughly 300 calls with members of Congress in both parties to discuss the plan. He is expected to hit the road in coming weeks as part of a broader effort by Cabinet officials to advertise the law’s benefits. But some Democrats said Buttigieg’s lane is not without its own hazards, espe- cially as Republicans attack the adminis- tration for the current backlog of seaborne goods destined for the United States. “It’s not like he’s having a rosy time. He’s hav- ing to figure out the supply chain issue,” Sellers said. Beyond that, some voters may be slow to accept a presidential candidate who is openly gay, married to another man and recently adopted twins. And it is far from clear that voters of color will look beyond his past struggles with racial issues. Buttigieg often infuses his comments on transportation policies with a descrip- tion of their impact on communities of color. At theWhite House on Monday, he said that highway underpasses had sometimes been purposely built low to prevent buses with Black or Latino riders from getting to a beach. “That obviously reflects racism that went into those design choices,” he said. The assertion came from “The Power Broker,” a book on city planner Robert Moses by prizewinning author Robert Caro, though some have challenged its ve- racity. Buttigieg’s comments were mocked by Republicans as a claim that even roads are racist, but within his own party, such comments have helped Buttigieg improve his standing. “I like his courage – I like his back- bone,” said Gilda Cobb-Hunter, former president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. “He doesn’t shrink away from a fight, and I like that.” While Harris and Buttigieg are seen as potential rivals down the road, they get along well for now, according to people with knowledge of the dynamic between them. After Harris’s well-received per- formance in her debate last year against then-Vice President Mike Pence, for which Buttigieg had helped her prepare, they shared a toast. -TheWashington Post ‘Kamala Harris And The Rise Of Indian Americans’: A Virtual Book Review Discussion Organized By GOPIO A virtual review discussion on the book, “Kamala Harris and the Rise of Indian Americans” was organized November 7 jointly by the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), American Associa- tion of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin (ASEI), Association of Indians in America (AIA), and National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA). Attended by global group of interested audience, the discussion also involved a review of the achievements of the Indian community in the U.S. Comprised of scholarly essays by sixteen noted journalists, business leaders and academicians on the achievements of the Indians in America, the book is edited by renowned journalist and foreign policy analyst Tarun Basu, published in India by WisdomTree Publishers, and is available to purchase on Amazon at HarrisIA and at dAm . The discussion can be watched at Basu described the book as an “eclectic amalgam of perspectives on the emerging Indian-American story”. “This evocative collection of the kind perhaps not attempted before, captures the rise of (the) Indian Americans across domains, by exceptional achievers themselves, like Shashi Tharoor, - the ones who have been and continue to be a part of the “rise”-, like M.R. Rangaswami and Deepak Raj, top Indian diplomats like T.P. Sreenivasan and Arun K. Singh, scholars like Pradeep K. Khosla and Maina Chawla Singh, and others who were part of, associated with, or keenly followed their stories,” Basu said. Authors who have contributed to the Book include former Indian ambas- sadors T.P. Sreenivasan and Arun K. Singh; Chairman Deepak Raj of ‘Pratham USA’; businessman Raj Gupta; hotelier Bijal Pa- tel; Chancellor Pradeep Khosla of UC San Diego; scholar-professor Maina Chawla Singh; Chief Strategy Officer SujataWar- rier of the BatteredWomen’s Justice Proj- ect; Co-Founder Shamita Das Dasgupta of ‘Manavi’; and journalists Arun Kumar, Mayank Chhaya, Suman Guha Mozumder, Ajay Ghosh, VikrumMathur, and Laxmi Parthasarathy. Former Deputy Ambassador to the U.S. T.P. Srinivasan, also Governor of India at the International Atomic Agency in Vienna, shared his own experiences with the Indian Diaspora and how they have contributed to the larger goals of cement- ing stronger relationship between India and the United States. Chief organizer and moderator of the online session, Dr. Thomas Abraham, Chairman of GOPIO International, who is also a leader and active supporter of a number of new and upcoming Indian organizations over the years, outlined the progress and achievements of the com- munity. Offering a historical perspective, he made special mention of Indian asso- ciations in the U.S. who have worked hard to create stepping stones to the current- day achievements of the Indians in Amer- ica. “(The) History of Indian community organizations and the role played by these organizations in community develop- ment, mobilization and (in) promoting the diverse interests such as education, political involvement, entrepreneurship, business and service industry are covered in this new book,” Abraham said. Participants in the discussion includ- ed office bearers and avid workers from AAPI, including President Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, Dr. Ajay Ghosh, Dr. Gotimu- kula, President-Elect Dr. Ravi Kolli and Dr. Satheesh Kathula; President Dr. Shivangi Sampat of Indo-American Political Forum and NFIA past presidents Subash Razdan and Sudip Goraksharkar. Other par- ticipants in the discussion included Ajoy Dube of NFIA, President Piyush Malik of ASEI, President Dr.Urmilesh Arya of AIA, and noted journalists Arun Kumar and Mayank Chaya. The discussion concluded with a question and answer session. U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, accompanied by French President Emmanuel Macron, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France, November 10, 2021. Photo:Twitter @VP - Continued From Page 6 Participating in the book discussion bottom center Tarun Basu, middle left Dr. Thomas Abraham, and middle right Dr. Neeraja Gupta. Top row left to right, Chittaranjan Belwariar, Anupama Gotmukula, Dr. Ravi Kolli, and Lavanya Reddy. Top row left to right. Dr. Dev Chitkara, Vimal Goyle, Mayank Chhay and Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox. Bottom left: Moderator Dr. Thomas Abraham, Chair of GOPIO. Bottom right: Former Deputy Ambassador T.P. Sreenivasan. Photos:provided byGOPIO By a StaffWriter