reporting to the Internal Revenue Service on US citi-
zens’ accounts. Surprisingly, middle- and low-income
citizens have nothing to worry, because the politicians
aren’t going to raise their taxes.
US citizens are severely restricted as to what they can
invest in and where they can maintain accounts. Many
foreign funds and banks won’t accept Americans. That’s
why many Indian banks do not have branches in the US.
Those that have branches, such as the State Bank of
India and ICICI Bank, are feeling the pinch because
most Indians are moving their funds to lesser-known
banks in India in order to avoid the IRS’s evil eye.
So if you are blessed with lots of money and happy
being an American citizen, be prepared for the prying
eyes of the IRS; otherwise, renounce your citizenship,
pack up your bags and head back home. You can no
longer enjoy the best of both worlds!
Nikki Haley is part of the problem
A raw deal for Pandit
Is Vikram Pandit a victim of racism? Why did the
shareholders of Citigroup reject his $15 million salary?
I believe this country is the fairest, and less bigoted,
than any other country in the world. The fact that Pandit
and Indra Nooyi are chief executive officers of two of the
biggest companies in the US (or the world) says all about
how fairness and capitalism are working.
However, there is a history of racism in America that is
almost impossible to ignore and overcome. The preju-
dice is not limited to just the blacks but envelopes all
non-whites. The way the Japanese were treated during
World War II — in comparison with how the Germans
were — is just one example of that mindset.
Can you imagine this kind of revolt against Jamie
Dimon, chief executive officer of JP Morgan Chase? Any
fair-minded person would say Pandit has been treated
unfairly. All of us have seen numerous examples of how
media treat deaths of whites compared to non-whites.
The recent killings in Oakland of several students drew
very little attention in the media and Internet because
they were foreigners (non-whites.) I do understand
empathy or sympathy for people of similar background,
but it is sad to see this happening in the present day
Most opposition to President Obama is driven by
latent racism. I love this country too much to accept the
prevalence of bigotry. Pandit and many Indian
Americans in high positions here have paid a huge price
to be successful, and they are more than qualified to
belong up there. It is unfortunate they are not treated
fairly, and equally to all others Americans.
people just because they have an
Indian name, which Haley does not
have anyway. Support people that
share your ideals and your values,
and raise funds accordingly. I would
guess that most Indians living in the
deep South do not support a
Christians only, zero tolerance for
immigrants, isolationist America.
Haley is a story yes, because what
she has done is newsworthy, and at
the end of the day
ers news. However, she certainly
does not deserve the red carpet
treatment because it is now politi-
cally expedient or commercially
important for her to remember her
N K Sharma
Is Bollywood our culture?
This refers to the article headlined ‘A great year for
Indian Cinema’ (
Director Anurag Kashyap said, ‘I have to explain
Bollywood to them and how it is very integral to our cul-
ture; without Bollywood our culture reduces.’
Our culture? Is that we see in Bollywood movies? Half-
naked women dancing seductively and vulgarly to the
tunes of utter nonsense? Is that representing Indian cul-
ture? Where educated and beautiful women from well-
to-do families show off their sexiness to poor, uneducat-
ed people who spend their hard-earned money and
watch these movies that take them to an unrealistic
world they can never enjoy in their lifetimes?
Bollywood is really fooling the majority of our inno-
cent poor, who make up 70 percent of India’s popula-
tion. These are the only type of movies available and they
go for it. Beggars cannot be choosers, can they?
Your cover story puff piece on Nikki Haley (May 11) left a lo
o be desired. Aziz Haniffa has
a long and distinguished career as a
South Asian journalist, but in this
instance he seems to have traded
scrutiny for access.
Haley’s awful choice to subvert her
culture and her faith to win the
gubernatorial race in South
Carolina merits barely a mention.
Now that she has her sights set on a
bigger national prize she is reem-
phasizing, in a tepid way, some sort
of multicultural resumé. Are these
the values we want to teach our chil-
Talk about your Indian heritage
when it is politically expedient or to
boost book sales, but pretend like it
does not exist when you are trying to
win the favor of intolerant people?
Nikki Haley and Bobby Jindal
have become part of the problem
rather than any part of its solution.
If 25 years ago we dared to dream
that two educated children from our
immigrant families would become
governors, in the deep South no less,
we would have imagined that
America had become a tolerant,
inclusive, truly multicultural place.
Alas, the reality is that these two
have subverted their identities and
joined the intolerant brigade them-
selves. Governor Jindal’s recent
attack on President Barack Obama
was straight out of the Deep South
post-Confederate intolerance man-
ual. I guess if you can’t beat them
My one wish for our community in
this country is that we wake up and
stop stumping and fundraising for
I thoroughly enjoyed reading your
coverage on Nikki Haley. Her story
is indeed inspiring. Despite all the
odds against her in terms of her bat-
tles against racism, sexism and big-
otry, Haley has been elected the first
woman to serve as governor of
South Carolina (a fundamentalist
and an evangelical state) and the
second Indian-American governor
in the United States. At age 40,
Haley is the youngest governor now
in the US.
I am really glad that she wrote her
Can’t is not an option: My
now, instead of
waiting till the end of her career. I
hope this will inspire more Indian
Americans to get into politics, for
politics is where the rubber meets
the road and what enables a person
to make a perceptible difference in
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