News India Times – that’s all you need to know Cover Story News India Times January 14, 2022 6 Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi led a moment of silence, and later lawmakers held a prayer vigil on the steps of Capitol. Reaction Of Indian-Americans Indian-American lawmakers who were present inside the Capitol building during the attack, also narrated their frightening experiences on the first anniversary of the riots. Congresswoman, Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington, who was present and on crutches due to a recent knee replace- ment surgery, said she did not know if should would live or die during the attack. “Let us not gloss over the fact that in the year since this deadly attack, we have all had to do our jobs and be human. We have done that in the face of denials of truth and rewriting of history from the very colleagues who were running for their own lives that day,” Jayapal said. “So I am once again reminded that being hu- man is a courageous act. It means you are willing to fight for the things that are the hardest to even be disappointed or hurt or angered, but to still do what is right, and what is just because that is the only way that change happens. Our courage and our resolve only grow from this crisis and the responsibility that is upon us to pro- tect our democracy for years to come.” Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, tweeted, “[o]n this day last year, I was evacuated frommy office after they discovered a bomb placed 200 feet away. The January 6th insurrections were not our America, and I am working in Congress to ensure that our democracy and our people are protected. I will never forget the rioter sitting next to me on the 6 a.m. airplane from DC to Chicago the next day, scrolling through pictures on her phone of the inside of the Capitol Building from during the attack.” Congressman Ro Khanna, D-California, said “On January 6th, 2021, insurrection- ists stormed the U.S. Capitol. It was one of the darkest days for our nation and one that we are still working to recover from. I am forever indebted to the brave officers of the U.S. Capitol Police, many of whom are still grappling with emotional and physical trauma from that day.” Khanna, who is on the Select Commit- tee investigating the 2021 riots, said they were still learning about the attempts to overturn the results of the elections. “The Select Committee investigating the attack is doing a thorough job examining the evi- dence to ensure that the American people have a full accounting of the events on, and leading up to, January 6th.” News India Times spoke with a few In- dian American Republicans to get their re- actions on the first anniversary of January 6th riots. They condemned violence, but attributed the January 6th riots to liberal policies adopted by Democratic leaders. Puneet Ahluwalia, a former Republican Candidate for Lt. Governor in Virginia, said “any violence is wrong and unaccept- able. I offer my condolences to families who lost their loved ones during and after the rioting.” At the same time, Ahluwalia said, “The Democrats are making this out to be an insurrection which it was not. It was a backlash on an entire summer of lawless- ness, and rioting by Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and other rogue elements.” According to Ahlualia, “When Demo- cratic politicians, District Attorneys, and Mayors do not toe the rule of law and lack accountability combined with chants on defunding the police, it results in bad actors breaking the law. Those who participated on the January 6th riots do not represent conservative values and principles.” Executive Chairman & CEO of Indian American International Chamber of Commerce (IAICC), KV Kumar, a former Republican turned Independent said, “What happened on January 6th 2021 should have never happened. The march was meant to be a peaceful one. It’s such a pity - the President of the United States neither should have never encouraged an event like that in the first place, nor should have kept silent about it for as long as he did. Neither one of the parties should have used it to their advantage. It’s is so sad – neither Dr. Martin Luther King nor Mahatma Gandhi would have approved such an atrocity.” Another Indian American Republican from California, Amrit Bhandari, asserted that the attack on Capitol Hill had nothing to do with President Trump, Republicans or white supremacy groups. Bhandari, who was delegate at the Republican National Convention in 2016, said that the riots happened because people are fed up with liberal policies of Democrats, who support open borders and defunding the police. “Most cities are controlled by Mayors belonging to the Democratic Party and they committed voter fraud to elect Joe Biden as the US President,” Bhandari claimed, adding, “The Democrats stole the election in Georgia and neither the media nor the Republicans were allowed to witness the recounting of votes.” He also characterized the media as be- ing anti-Trump and anti-Republican, and continues to be confident that Republi- cans will win theWhite House in 2024. - Continued From Page 5 Candlelight Vigil Held To Mark Anniversary Of January 6 Attack -Washington, D.C. M athew Dillinson was in Los Angeles on January 6 last year, watching the news in disbelief as a violent mob descended upon the U.S. Capitol inWashington, DC, leaving him appalled at the state of his nation. One year later, Dillinson was among the hundreds who gathered Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, evening in front of the U.S. Capitol to commemorate the anniversary of the 2021 attack on the US Capitol, participating in a display meant to promote protecting American democracy. “It’s been overwhelming to see how the country has responded to the attacks and I’m here to stand up for that,” Dillinson said. The vigil organized by a coalition of more than 100 liberal groups, saw a few hundred people gathered on the National Mall near the Capitol Reflecting Pool. The racially diverse crowd chanted and sang, seeking to transform last year’s pain into policy change. Several US lawmakers including Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington, Congressman Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington, D.C., spoke about their experiences inside the Capitol that day during the event. “I remember every moment of it vividly. I remember the pounding on the doors of the insurrectionists. I re- member crawling on my knees under banisters… think- ing about how if I couldn’t get up and leave … I would attack the knees of whoever came to attack me,” Jayapal recounted at the vigil. “I think our democracy is still fragile and we have to make sure that we actually protect accountability and justice,” the lawmaker told ANI. Rep. Jamie B. Raskin, who mourned his son’s suicide and the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump following the attack., reflected on what hap- pened on January 6. Speaking to ANI, Raskin said his presence at the vigil was “for standing up and restoring democracy.” Raskin is also a member of the January 6 House select committee and is tasked with investigating the cause and who was behind the Jan. 6 insurrection, among other things. “The attack was not only an attack on democracy, but it was also an attack on the District of Columbia, where we are now standing,” Del. Norton said. Speakers also demanded the Senate and Biden enact the Freedom to Vote Act, a voting rights bill, and the Pro- tecting Our Democracy Act, which includes reforming oversight of the executive branch, among other legisla- tion. They pointed to restrictive voting legislation passed by Republican-led state legislatures across the country and said the Jan. 6 attack highlighted the need for fed- eral voting rights protections and expansions before the next election. Demonstrators held signs reading “No Trump. No Lie. No G.O.P.”, “Voters decide outcomes of U.S. elections”, “senators protest our democracy now” and “DC state- hood is racial justice.” “We are looking to our elected officials to continue to investigate the insurrection but also to pass urgently needed voting rights legislation and democracy reform legislation that will protect this country,” said Lisa Gilbert, executive vice president of Public Citizen, a pro- gressive non-profit and one of the groups that organized the event. The event was part of a nationwide demonstration called “We the People: January 6th Day of Remembrance and Action” which reportedly has more than 350 chap- ters nationwide. -ANI By Reena Bhardwaj January 6, 2021 REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst U.S. Capitol Police members are briefed by Chief J. Thomas Manger on the east side of the U.S. Capitol on the first anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2022.