Indian-American journalist Brahm Kanchibotla has died of Covid-19 that is ravaging New York, the epicentre of the pandemic in the US.
The journalist died on Monday morning after nine days in a hospital, his son Sudama Kanchibotla said. Brahm Kanchibotla, 66, was a correspondent for United News of India.
During his 28-year career in the US, he had worked for 11 years as a content editor for Merger Markets, a financial publication, and also did a stint with News India-Times weekly newspaper.
He had emigrated to the US in 1992 after having worked for several publications in India.
Sudama said the family was not sure of the last rites for him because of the restrictions in New York. “We have not set a date and it will have to be a very small gathering because only 10 people are allowed at funerals,” he said.
Brahm Kanchibotla showed COVID-19 symptoms on March 23. When his condition worsened, he was admitted to a hospital on Long Island on March 28 and given an oxygen mask, Sudama said.
On March 31, he was put on ventilator and on Monday he had a cardiac arrest.
Besides Sudama, Brahm is survived by wife Anjana and daughter Siujana.
As of Monday night, 4,758 people have died of COVID-19 in New York City.
The US has recorded a total of 368,196 confirmed cases, while the death toll stood at 10,986. IANS
The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the death of senior Indian-American journalist in a tweet.
Deeply anguished by the passing away of Indian-American journalist Mr. Brahm Kanchibotla. He will be remembered for his fine work and efforts to bring India and USA closer. Condolences to his family and friends. Om Shanti. https://t.co/LXF8TOl4PZ
Four New York Area-based Indian Americans Die of COVID-19 – The Kerala American community offered tributes to Shawn Abraham, 21, who lived with his family in New York City until his death on April 5. The Federation of Kerala Associations in North America confirmed the deaths of three other Indian Americans who died of COVID-19 related illnesses in or near New York: Aleyamma Kuriakose, 65; Thankachan Enchenattu, 51; and Abraham Samuel, 45. The Consulate General of India in New York said that it is in touch with the families of the deceased, as reported by PTI.
21-year-old Indian-origin female student’s body was recently recovered from a lake on the campus of Notre Dame, a premier university in the US state of Indiana.
St. Joseph County Coroner Michael J. McGann made a positive identification at the scene, the university said. There were no apparent signs of trauma.
“We’re deeply saddened by the passing of Annrose,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame. “We will keep her and her family and friends in our prayers.” At Notre Dame, she was a solo flutist for the university’s Folk Choir, which describes her as “irreplaceable.”
“Our hearts are broken with the news of the loss of Annrose Jerry. The Folk Choir lost an important and irreplaceable member of our family,” the group said in a Facebook post. “Annrose was a sweet, intelligent, strong, passionate, kind-hearted friend and she will be so dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and loved ones.
Jerry’s obituary describes her as an accomplished musician, having been the pianist for the Blaine High School jazz band and flutist in the school band, in addition to playing the flute for the Minnesota State Band.
A few days ago, an Indian American politician Suhas Subramanyam, tweeted
I am honored to have been sworn in as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates on the Bhagavad Gita. Thank you to my wife, family, friends, and all my supporters for sharing this special day with us at the Virginia State Capitol. The work has just begun. pic.twitter.com/EJZYiCvGr5
I thought it was important to embrace it. I also want others running for office here or in other areas to not feel that they have to downplay or hide it. My constituency has Hindus and people are exposed to the faith, but it is also a diverse, smart and open-minded community. It is very inclusive, especially in recent years. While campaigning, too, I went to temples and did namaskar, but I also went to churches and mosques. Hinduism is accepting of all faiths as we believe it is one god with many names.
Subramanyam is married to Miranda Peña Subramanyam, who works for a government contractor and volunteers in her free time at the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter. They were married in Sterling, Virginia, where they currently reside.
About Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita (Sanskrit: भगवद् गीता, ) often referred to as the Gita, is a 700-verse Sanskrit scripture that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. Popular media in India including bollywood films have long depicted court scenes where witnesses take an oath using Bhagavad Gita (link).
Subramanyam’s swearing in with a Bhagavad Gita follows a trend. With the increasing diversity in the West, many politicians of Indian descent are taking to the Gita during their swearing in:
At Sri Srinivasan’s formal swearing-in ceremony in September, administered by retired Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Srinivasan took the oath on the Hindu holy book Bhagavad Gita and became the first federal appellate judge of South Asian descent.
And the hawks are watching for those who aren’t following this new norm: UK MP under fire for not taking oath on Gita – A British Punjabi Hindu MP has come under fire for not taking an oath of allegiance to the Crown on the Bhagavat Gita.
NASA recently announced that Indian-American Raja Chari passed out from the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. NASA profile of Colonel Chari’s profile includes:
The Iowa native graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1999 with bachelor’s degrees in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He continued on to earn a master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.
In June 2017, Chari was selected for NASA Astronaut Group 22, and reported for duty in August to begin two years of training as an astronaut.
Chari was born on June 24, 1977 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Sreenivas V Chari and Peggy Egbert. He was inspired to pursue higher education by his father Srinivas V. Chari, who migrated from Hyderabad to US at a young age to complete a degree in engineering. Chari was quoted in a recent interview:
“My father came to the country with the goal of getting an education and realizing the importance of that and that directly translated to how I was brought up,” adding, “There was a focus throughout my childhood on education and that being the thing, you really needed to do well to succeed”.
It was not a matter of checking boxes of qualifications but of being experts in one’s field, being “really passionate about” it, he added.
Chari is married to Holly Schaffter Chari, also a Cedar Falls native, and the couple has three children. His mother, Peggy Chari, lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Other Indian American astronauts
The two Indian-American astronauts before him are both women, Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams.
Space scientist Chawla, who was born in Karnal, Haryana, and immigrated to the US, was killed on her second space mission when Space Shuttle Columbia broke up in 2003. She had participated in another mission on the same shuttle in 1987.
Williams, a navy officer, has served as the commander of a International Space Shuttle expedition in 2012. She had been on three other missions, in one of them as flight engineer.
The recent Australian bushfires have devastated communities across the region, leaving people without homes and basic necessities.
Raj Gupta’s home went up in flames during recent NSW South Coast bushfires and his town of Malua Bay remains severely damaged, without power and mobile service. However, Gupta continues to run the small pharmacy there, dispensing medicines and essentials to those who need it.
As per some estimates, 70–80 percent of Motels across North America are owned or managed by Patels of Gujarati origin. When I lived in Colorado and North Carolina, I knew a few IT professionals of Gujarati origin who would continually muse and research ideas on getting into the business of running motels, franchises or gas station. Many eventually made the switch, thanks to the support from the strong network of community.
An interesting article in the New York Times from a decade ago chronicles the journey of Patels (re A Patel Motel Cartel?) “about 70 percent of all Indian motel owners — or a third of all motel owners in America — are called Patel, a surname that indicates they are members of a Gujarati Hindu subcaste.”
So, how do the Patels do this?
“Buying a motel, even one that’s in the red, usually requires a substantial down payment, one beyond the reach of most new immigrants. That, however, is one key to how this particular niche was captured. The down payment was seldom a problem for a prospective Indian purchaser, who was often able to turn to a network of relatives and friends to help him out. The story of Lata and P.J., for example, is not exactly the hardscrabble tale associated with some immigrant groups.”
Check out other articles in the media that chronicle the Patels in America
In yet another case of an apparently senseless killing, Abhishek Sudesh Bhat, a student of Indian origin was shot dead by an unidentified person in San Bernardino, California. In a facebook post, Abhishek said “Started New Job at California State University, San Bernardino College of Natural Sciences October — Teaching Assistant (TA)”
As per media accounts, Abhishek’s body was found in front of a motel room where he was also working part time. Abhishek’s father Sudhesh Chand is a yoga guru and founder of Sri Upanishath Yoga Centre Trust in Kuvempunagar, Mysuru.
Abhishek’s family has approached the local MP, Pratap Simha and deputy commissioner of Police, seeking their help to bring home the mortal remains.
The motive behind the crime or the identity of the attacker were not immediately known.