Is an invitation in the mail? Representative Ed Royce, the the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wants to invite India’s newly elected Prime Minster Narendra Modi to address a joint session of Congress. The congressman sent Speaker John Boehner a letter stating that that ““The United States has no more important partner in South Asia… “It is not an overstatement to say that the U.S.-India relationship will be one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century.” Of course, just under a decade ago, Modi was denied a visa to enter the United States. [Wall Street Journal]
World War II’s forgotten Indian battle: It’s been 70 years since The Battle of Kohima and Imphal, which reporter Gardiner Harris describes as “bloodiest of World War II in India.” Despite playing a key role in the war, India’s participation in World War II has largely been forgotten by the population at large due to the legacy of colonialism and the complicated histories of Nagaland and Manipur, the two states the battle was fought in. [New York Times]
The great Manipuri pastime: Speaking of Manipur, the documentary The Only Real Game is now in theaters. The film explores the history and popularity of baseball in the northeastern Indian state. I interviewed director Mirra Bank just after the film debuted at the New York Indian film festival last year. [Variety, The Aerogram]
More refugees live in Pakistan than in anywhere else in the world The United Nations High Commission for Refugees notes that Pakistan is currently home to 1.6 million registered refugees, the vast majority of whom are from Afghanistan. [Express Tribune]
Learn how to make dhokla in the comfort of your own home: The New York Times City Kitchen column assures readers that “it is no more difficult to steam dhokla than to bake a cake.” Bookmark this recipe and try it for yourself. [New York Times]
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