Indian Immigrants to the U.S. Influence Affairs at Home

April 10, 2005

Source: The Arizona Republic/The Christian Science Monitor

On April 10, 2005 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "When Nishrin Hussain moved to the United States in 1990, she left her parents behind in India. But her American life was tragically interrupted when her father, a Muslim, was burned alive by a Hindu mob during the 2002 riots that shook India's Gujarat state. Since then, she has become a force in Indian politics - from her home in Delaware. Like a growing number of other Indian-Americans, Hussain is using the considerable power of the pocketbook and other forms of political activism to influence events half a world away. And their efforts can have an impact: In March the State Department, largely because of the protests of Indian-Americans, canceled an upcoming tour in the United States by Narendra Modi, Gujarat's chief minister, for the role he played in the riots three years ago."