Neel Tushar Kashkari, the Republican challenger to California’s Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, continues to come up with creative tactics to close a
nearly 30 percentage points gap in what many describe as
a quixotic campaign to unseat Brown.
He has buttonholed the governor on lack of education
programs for minorities, and last month lived on the
streets of Fresno for nearly a week as a homeless man.
Last week, Kashkari announced the launch of a $25,000
scholarship contest for California college students.
The contest challenges college students to create a 30-
second or shorter advertisement in support of Kashkari
‘We need to harness the creativity and vision of college
students and encourage them to participate in the political
process,’ Kashkari said.
The deadline to submit the ad, which will be used by the
campaign online or on television, is 11:59 am PST,
September 24. The full rules, including sizing, timing and
how to submit the ad, can be found at www.neelka
The multimillionaire Kashkari infused $2 million of his
own money to his campaign, but he still cannot match
Brown’s war-chest of over $22 million.
Kashkari continued to keep a frenetic pace of speeches,
television appearances and interviews, including a major
interview with Time magazine, which was headlined
‘Republican California Dreaming.’
In the interview, Kashkari, son of Kashmiri Pandit par-
ents Chaman and Sheila Kashkari who immigrated to the
US over 50 years ago, denied his campaign was an exercise
‘He (Brown) thinks he’s entitled to the governorship
because his daddy was governor,’ declared Kashkari, who
had given India Abroad one of his first interviews, (India
Abroad, December 20, 2013) even before he had declared
But he also conceded, ‘the Republican Party has done a
lousy job.’ If it doesn’t outreach to minorities, simply counting on the registered Republicans would not win elections,
‘We have to grow our party,’ Kashkari told Time. ‘And
what I have been doing for the last year-and-a-half is
reaching out to Latino communities, African-American
communities, Asian communities and learning, What do
you want? And you know what they want? A good educa-
tion for their kids and good jobs.’
He also said Republicans need to embrace the lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender community more. He said he
was ‘working extra hard to reach out into every communi-
ty, especially ones that have historically come to believe
that Republicans don’t care about them.’
Kashkari, a former senior Treasury Department official
who came to be known as the ‘700 billion dollar man’ for
supervising the bailout of banks and who now reportedly
lives in a $10 million home on Laguna Beach, said he did
not grow up rich, unlike Brown,.
Kashkari said. ‘My parents were immigrants, I grew up
middle class, mowing lawns and bagging groceries, Jerry
Brown grew up in the governor’s mansion. He’s worth way
more money than I am.’
Kashmari also announced that he has accepted five
debate invitations, but that Brown has not responded to
any of the requests.
Kashkari ridiculed Brown, saying, ‘Governor Jerry Brown
is hiding under his desk. From poverty to education and
everything in between.’
Women’s rights activists see the decision by prosecutors to apply feticide laws against
Purvi Patel of Granger, Indiana, as part
of the creeping criminalization of abortion in the US.
Indiana has some of the country’s
harshest restrictions on abortion. Patel
is the second woman in the state to be
charged with feticide following the prolonged criminal prosecution of Bei Bei
Shuai, who lost her baby when she tried
to kill herself.
Patel, 33, faced Class A felony of neglect charges after the police said she
took medicines to terminate her pregnancy, and left the dead baby in a
Last week, the prosecutor added —
and St Joseph Superior Court judge
Elizabeth Hurley allowed — the feticide
charge on top of neglect.
Patel faces between six and 20 years in
prison for feticide, and up to 50 years
imprisonment for neglect of a dependent.
“The charges are unfortunate and I
don’t agree with them,” Jeff Sanford,
Patel’s lawyer, told India Abroad. He said
he was glad at the national outrage
against the charges.
Patel is a US citizen, with family in the
US. She is free on bail, and she is working.
She was arrested in July last year.
According to the chargesheet filed by Galen
Pelletier, detective with the South Bend
Police Department, July 13, 2013, at
approximately 9:24 pm, Patel presented
to the emergency room at St Joseph
Hospital in Mishawaka, Indiana. She
was bleeding, and the emergency per-
sonnel believed she had recently deliv-
ered a child, which she denied.
One doctor found an umbilical cord
protruding. Patel denied she had just
delivered a baby and claimed she had
not even been pregnant.
The doctor requested another opinion,
and the second doctor was also positive
that Patel had just delivered a baby.
They continued to question Patel about
the baby’s whereabouts.
Eventually, she told the medical staff
that she had delivered a baby in her
home, and believed it to be dead. She
put the dead baby in a bag and placed it
in a dumpster behind a Super Target
store, she said. She told medical personnel that she was roughly two months
along and had a miscarriage, but doctors believed she had been 28 to 30
A doctor drove to the Super Target
and began searching in the dumpsters. He
also called the St Joseph County Police,
who joined in the search. They found the
The doctor’s opinion was that the child
was premature and roughly 30 weeks from
conception. His external examination
noted no reason why the child would not
have survived, but cautioned that it was
based only upon an external examination.
Later, a forensic pathologist determined
that the child was premature but at least 28
weeks from conception, and that the child
had been born alive.
The police officers secured a search
warrant for Patel’s phone and found that
she discussed the pregnancy with at least
Patel admitted that she had obtained two
drugs from Hong Kong in an attempt to
abort the child. According to one doctor,
one of those drugs would induce labor,
thereby ending her pregnancy. The other
drug was designed to end the life of a fetus,
but only if it was within nine weeks old.
The doctor told the police officers that the
second drug would have no effect on a fetus
that was 28 or more weeks.
Attorney Sanford told the judge the
pathologist’s tests don’t prove the baby
was born alive. Sanford told the media
that he has big questions about the
‘Patel will be punished for either giving
birth to a stillborn or not wanting to have a
child. One way or another, they will take
her down,’ Isha Aran wrote in an article for
Jezebel Open Forums.
$25,000 contest for California
Feticide charges on Purvi Patel part of criminalization of abortion?
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