Dinesh D’Souza release the film you probably weren’t waiting for: The conservative author and filmmaker is set to release his second film next week. In its review of the movie, Variety notes that the story is “evidently set in an alternative universe, kicks off the film by dramatizing the fatal shooting of George Washington during a Revolutionary War battle. ” [Variety]
Watch the latest trailer for Dr. Cabbie: The film, which stars Big Bang Theory star Kunal Nayyar, will hit theaters in September. Watch it over on YouTube.
A lost child: I wrote about Saroo Brierley, the Indian-Australian adoptee who located his birth family with the help of Google Earth for NBC’s new Asian American vertical. [NBC]
Quote of the day: Over at The Nation, Hannah Harris Green interviews Saba Ahmed, the American University law student who was in the news last week after her questions at a Heritage Foundation panel were repeatedly challenged. Here’s how Ahmed describes the congressional hearings and panels she frequently attends:
I’m amazed when we go to these congressional hearings. They’re asking for hundreds of millions of dollars for the State Department budget on outreach towards counterterrorism. Out of all that money, we couldn’t hire one person who knows the Qu’ran? Every time I go to congressional hearings, again it’s budget talks. They keep on asking for more funds, and we keep on funding them. But they’re not addressing the root causes of problems.
Bad news for coffee drinkers and farmers: Most American coffee drinkers probably haven’t heard of the white stem borer beetle but they’ll soon notice the damage these insects are capable of. The beetles have been attacking the bark and stems of the arabica coffee plants that make up many of India’s coffee plantations. India is currently the world’s sixth largest producer of coffee and Reuters reports that unusually warm weather this year has caused the beetles to thrive. [Reuters]
The story of the boy tied to the Mumbai bus stop: Lakhan Kale, a 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy in Mumbai, made headlines earlier this year when it was discovered that his grandmother regularly tied him to a bus stop while she went to work. CNN reporter Mallika Kapur looks at Lakhan’s story and the reality of what life is like for millions of disabled Indians. [CNN]
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]
Hari explains it all: “So before we begin, I’d like you all to know that the theme of my set tonight will be colonialism.” Those were nearly the first words out of comedian Hari Kondabolu’s mouth during his set on Conan on Monday and he delivered as promised. Watch Kondabolu riff on Chinese restaurants, the real reason the Adam and Eve story is hard to believe and ask the all important question, “What would Baloo do?” (Team Coco)
Hit follow now. The must-follow Twitter account of the week is @RushdieExplains, a new feed that purportedly explains India from Salman Rushdie’s perspective. The account’s Twitter bio proudly notes that it’s “graciously blessed by Sir himself.” You can see Sir Salman’s complementary tweet posted above. (Scroll.in)
The Frenchman who fell in love with Urdu. Meet Julian Columeau, a 41-year-old French-born writer who the AFP calls one of Pakistan’s “most innovative Urdu novelists.” Columeau began studying Hindi in the early 90s, but found it too “clerical,” leading him to switch to Urdu. He moved to Pakistan to work in the humanitarian sector over a decade ago. (AFP)