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Natraj Bhushan, 26,
eyes New York City Council seat
Natraj S Bhushan has announced his candidacy for the New York City Council from District 48, which
includes the Brooklyn neighborhoods of
Manhattan Beach, parts of Brighton Beach,
Sheepshead Bay and Midwood
“I have always had a deep-rooted com-
mitment to public service,” said Bhushan,
26, licensed to practice law in New York
and New Jersey. “As a lifelong resident of
the district, I want to use my advocacy
skills as an attorney and my culturally rich
background to best serve all of the con-
His firm Bhushan Law Group, he said,
was set up to provide low-bono and pro-
bono legal services.
District 48, with 150,000 people of which
about 25 percent are of Asian origin, is predominantly Democratic. There will be no
incumbent to fight; current Council member D Michael C Nelson is term-limited.
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner
Natraj S Bhushan
held the seat before Nelson.
“This is my first campaign that I’ve
been part of as the actual candidate,”
Bhushan said. “I have been, and will
always be, a registered Democrat.”
Bhushan gained experience working
for city council members in summer
2008 when he interned for Leroy Comrie
Jr, council member from Queens.
As part of the Community Legal
Resource Network, Bhushan worked in
Nelson’s office, providing free legal services to his constituents.
“I will be providing the same community counseling services at City Councilor
Ruben Wills’s office from mid-February
through June,” Bhushan said.
“If elected, I endeavor to fight for many
of the quality of life issues that affect my
community. These areas include fighting
for local tax breaks for small businesses
and homeowners, creating more afford-
able housing, education reform at the K-
12 level and at the high school level,
establishing a professional mentor pro-
gram for high school and college students,
continued advocacy towards comprehen-
sive immigration reform, and securing
and/or preserving financial resources for
seniors and senior centers in the district.”
As per campaign finance rules, Bhushan
cannot spend more than $168,000 for the
India to be
India will be self-sufficient in petroleum production by 2030, M Veerappa Moily, India’s petroleum minister, said at the inauguration of the Indian National
Overseas Congress party’s Karnataka chapter in New York.
India, he said, ‘is spending about Rs 700,000 crore
(about $125 billion) to import petroleum products. The
import will be halved by 2020. Seventy five percent of the
imports will end by 2025. To achieve these goals, we will
utilize our resources and also go to other countries to lease
oil fields. We have signed an agreement with Venezuela. I
have directed officials to go to Brazil, Kazakhstan,
Turkmenistan, Australia in search of oil.”
India’s ruling Congress party, he said, believes in democ-
racy and secularism.
‘India’s constitution is based on our spirituality,’ he said.
‘Our seers like Sree Narayana Guru in Kerala or
Thiruvalluvar in Tamil Nadu spoke for all humanity.
Secularism is not a foreign idea for us. It is inborn in our
DNA. When you come to the US, you love America and
become part of this land. You are brought up in such a cul-
ture to accept and adopt all.’
He said he had visited Silicon Valley when he was a
Karnataka minister and wanted to replicate the model and
found place for an electronic city on the outskirts of
Bengaluru. The idea, he said, was not well received by his
colleagues or officials.
When the project began, N R Narayana Murthy, co-founder of Indian software major Infosys, approached officials for space in the electronic city. Infosys was planning to
move to Pune if it did not get space there.
India’s Law Minister M Veerappa Moily, sixth from right, at the New York event
‘I directed the officials to give him the required space and
working capital,’ Moily said.
The INOC’s Karnataka chapter is headed by Dr Dayan
Naik, former president, American Association of
Physicians of Indian Origin.
Shudh Jasuja, vice president, INOC (I), introduced chapter heads and executive committee members. George
Abraham, president, INOC(I), called Moily a reformer who
changed the face of Karnataka.
The event began with a classical dance by Kalpita
Chakote, followed by a presentation on Karnataka. Ravi
Bhooplapur, president, Xavier University Medical School
in Aruba, was also honored at the event.