‘Women’s rights means human rights,’ former sec- retary of state Hillary
Clinton told an audience of over 1,000
people at the Clinton Foundation’s
Millennium Network event held at
The Regency Ballroom in San
Francisco, California, November 9.
Kavita Tankha, co-chair and inaugural ambassador, Clinton Foundation, led a bus full of people from
Silicon Valley to the evening event.
“I hope we will one day look back
upon this as a historic bus journey to
elect our first ever woman President,”
Tankha told India Abroad. “Lot of
people of Indian descent present there were present not
only to support the Clinton Foundation but also people
there were trying to see what does Hillary stand for. She is
a potential presidential candidate for 2016.”
Hillary was present along with her daughter Chelsea
Clinton, who is also vice chair of the Clinton Foundation
that has been working to eliminate global poverty and
“I think she has gained a lot of respect due to her work as
secretary of state,” Tankha added. “Lot of people are feeling
she is the right candidate (for President in 2016).”
The Indian-American community, Tankha said, “has
done very well economically and they are really a portion of
Silicon Valley, but they haven’t really used the economic
clout as leverage to make sure we have policies that too
work for our community. We want everyone to engage (in
the political process).”
Aliesa Bahri, 14, who met Hillary and Chelsea for the first
time at the event, said, “They both are
very charismatic. They are really
amazing people and I have read about
them so it was very cool to meet them.
I feel they (the Clinton family) are all individually very
intelligent people and also collectively very intelligent. I
realized this after I heard them speaking. They were very
confident and they knew what they were doing.”
Satchi Thokcham, 14, who was at the event with her
mother, told India Abroad, “My interest grew while learn-
ing American history and the process of the presidential
election. When my mother said she will be coming here I
asked to join her. I liked to watch how much the daughter
is influenced by her mom.”
Ananya Panchal, 13, who too was attending with her
mother, told India Abroad, “It
was very insightful to attend the Hillary Clinton and
Chelsea Clinton talk. I liked to hear what they are doing to
make a difference to the world and the
Ananya’s mother said she thought
the event was a “great opportunity” for
her daughter “to learn that girls can
aspire to be anything they want to be.
It was also exciting for her to see
Chelsea, how she is supporting her
mom, playing a leadership role and
striving towards the betterment of the
Another attendee, Suniti Jain, said,
“We are here to see Hillary and
Jain’s friend Seema Goyal said, “I am kind of hoping she
would run. Who doesn’t want to see her as the first woman
Shelly Kapoor Collin, national vice chair, Women in
Public Service Project (also started by Hillary), told India
Abroad the project will “soon be heading to India to offer
training to women to get involved (in the political process)
as well as run for public service. Her (Hillary’s) goal is to
have 50 percent women in public service by the year 2050.”
Similar projects will be carried out in Afghanistan,
Pakistan, China and Africa, Kapoor Collin said.
Sikhs pitch in for veterans
talk in San
A group of Chicago Sikh Americans participated in The Disabled Patriot Fund's second annual
fundraising dinner, held in Chicago November 1.
The DPF is an Orland Park, Illinois-headquartered charitable organization formed in 2004 by a group of
area business people and local officials to help disabled American veterans who have fought in the war
'It was a wonderful outreach on behalf of our Sikh community,' community leader Rajinder Singh Mago
was quoted as saying. 'Everyone noticed our presence at the event, that in itself created an awareness
about us (Sikhs).'
'Men and women who are protecting our freedom are coming home with varying levels of disabilities
and may receive minimal financial assistance from existing governmental agencies,' said Patrick
McShane, president, DPF.
'We can connect the work of our Sikh organizations or gurdwaras with such efforts on behalf of
veterans,' community leader Hardial Singh Deol was quoted as saying. 'This has a mainstream appeal,
and assisting veterans is something all of us in America need to do more.'
At the event, veterans were honored, and a select few given grants of $5,000 each.
Hillary and Chelsea
Clinton at the event.
Seema Goyal and Suniti Jain.