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Voice of the Commonwealth - The Global Influencer

Voice of the Commonwealth - The Global Influencer

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Indian-American academician appointed as Tufts University president 

Boston, Massachusetts (Commonwealth Union)_Sunil Kumar, an Indian-American academician, has been named the next president of Tufts University in Massachusetts, making him the first person of color to hold the post. On July 1, 2023, Kumar, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Johns Hopkins University, will succeed the current president, Anthony P. Monaco.   According to Peter Dolan, Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the presidential search committee, Sunil Kumar brings to Tufts his lifelong dedication to quality higher education and an incredibly excellent record as a leader, educator, and colleague. He expressed confidence in Kumar’s...

Aruna Miller scripts history as the first Indian-American elected to office in Maryland 

(Commonwealth Union)_ Indian-American Aruna Miller has become the first immigrant to hold the position of Lieutenant Governor in Maryland, following the recent midterm elections in the United States. In addition, she is the first woman of South Asian heritage to assume a position of such prominence in the United States. Miller, the former 58-year-old Maryland House delegate, campaigned for lieutenant governor with the incoming Democratic Governor, Wes Moore. The...

UK student of Sri Lankan origin outperforms Einstein in the Mensa IQ test!  

England (Commonwealth Union)_ Ariana Dambarawa Hewage, a ten-year-old UK school student of Sri Lankan descent, has gained media attention after being labeled "smarter than Einstein" on account of her remarkable IQ. According to reports, Ariana, a resident of Huddersfield in UK, recently completed a Mensa IQ test and received a score of 162, which is considered genius level. It was said that Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking have an...

First Muslim woman of Indian origin elected to the Illinois Assembly 

Chicago, Illinois (Commonwealth Union)_ In the 2022 US midterm elections, a 23-year-old Muslim woman of Indian descent from the Democratic Party, Nabeela Syed, was elected to the Illinois General Assembly. Democrat Nabeela won against incumbent Republican Chris Bos in the recently held election and scripted history as the youngest candidate of the Illinois elections. Following her victory, she took to Twitter to share the news. "My name is Nabeela...

Five Indian-Americans elected to the US House of Representatives!  

Washington, D.C. (Commonwealth Union)_ In the US midterm elections, a record five Democratic candidates from the Indian-American community have been elected to the US House of Representatives. The honorable candidates are Shri Thanedar, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Ro Khanna, Ami Bera, and Pramila Jayapal. Their entry into the US House has strengthened the weight of the Indian-American community, and they have joined the ranks of current Vice President Kamala Harris. Ami Bera Ami...

Meet the Indian-born techie who is assisting Musk in revamping Twitter!

(Commonwealth Union)_ Indian American Sriram Krishnan, a technology expert in Silicon Valley, is assisting Twitter's new CEO Elon Musk, as he redesigns the social media company he recently purchased. Andreessen Horowitz's general partner Krishnan is a Silicon Valley venture capitalist. Krishnan took to Twitter and posted the following statement. He tweeted: “Now that the word is out: I’m helping out @elonmusk with Twitter temporarily with some other great people....

Indian-American appointed to the DHS’ Faith-Based Security Advisory Council 

Washington, D.C. (Commonwealth Union)_ Indian-American community leader Chandru Acharya has been named to the Faith-Based Security Advisory Council of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). According to a press release, Acharya is the only Hindu in this group of 25 prominent religious leaders from the United States. In addition, he is highly recognized in the Hindu-American community and interfaith forums for his efforts to establish bridges across...