“Kamala Harris and the Rise of Indian Americans” Book Launch

July 29th, 2021 at 9PM ET/ 6PM PT | August 5th, 2021 at 8:30 ET/5:30PT Virtual

Conceptualized and edited by media veteran Tarun Basu and published by award-winning Wisdom Tree, Indiaspora is privileged to serve in an advisory role in this project, which chronicles the journey of the Indian diaspora in an array of fields, from activism to academia, from business to entrepreneurship, from philanthropy to hospitality.

Launch I


Thank you for joining us for the virtual launch of “Kamala Harris and the Rise of Indian Americans” Thursday, July 29th, at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT. The launch was in celebration of this first-of-its-kind anthology on the Indian diaspora and its achievements. The history and achievements of the Indian diaspora are captured by industry leaders who share their own journey to success as well as their perspective on the community’s progress in an array of fields.

Authors discussed the chapters they contributed to followed by a Q&A session.

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Speakers include:

Tarun Basu, a media veteran of 40 years who served as the founder-editor of IANS, and is the editor of the book.

MR Rangaswami, Founder of Indiaspora, who is an entrepreneur, investor, and author of “An Accidental Capitalist: How Indian-Americans Made Their Mark in Silicon Valley”

Dr. Shamita Das Dasgupta, Co-founder of Manavi, a nonprofit that focuses on violence against women in the South Asian community and co-author of “’Success’ Through Lens of Women: Celebrating an Alternative Model of the Marginalized”

Raj L Gupta, the Chairman of Aptiv and Avantor, and former Chairman, CEO, and President of Fortune 500 company Rohm and Haas, and author of “Success Drivers of Indian-American CEOs: Fostering a New Wave of Corporate Leadership”

• Bijal Patel, Chairman of the California Hotel & Lodging Association (CHLA), and author of “Three Generations of Hoteliers: How Indian-Americans Reinvented the Hotel Industry”

Dr. Maina Chawla Singh, a scholar and professor focusing on gender, identity, and the Indian diaspora who has lectured at Oxford, Cambridge, and Yale, and is the author of “A Community Zooms into the Political Spotlight.”


Launch II

The second launch event on Thursday, August 5th featured additional contributors to the book.

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Speakers include:

  • Laxmi Parthasarathy, COO of Global Press and author of “Millennials: Straddling Two Cultures Halfway Around the World.”
  • Aziz Haniffa, Journlist and former Editor of the India Abroad, and author of “Kamala Harris: ‘She Can Be President Someday Herself.’
  • Shobit Arya, Founder and Publisher of Wisdom Tree, the publishing company of the book.
  • Mayank Chhaya, Journalist, author of the biography of the Dalai Lama, writer, and director. He is the author of “At the Center of Excellence: Seminal Contributions in the World of Science.”
  • Pradeep Khosla, chancellor of UC San Diego and elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the co-author of “Professors and Academic Administrators: Conspicuous Presence in Temples of Learning.”
  • Vikrum Mathur, the contributing film critic for The American Bazaar. He is also an actor and performer and the author of “From Stereotypes to Household Names: A Cultural Shift and New Role Models.”
  • Ambassador TP Sreenivasan, former Ambassador of India to many nations and serving as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington. He is the author of “Indian-Americans as ‘Ambassadors’ of India.”
  • Sujata Warrier, Chief Strategy Officer at the Battered Women’s Justice Project and previously served in the Office on Violence Against Women’s Advisory Board during the Obama Administration. She is the co-author of ” ‘Success’ Through Lens of Women: Celebrating an Alternative Model of the Marginalized.”

The book was a #1 New Release in Asian American Studies! There also have been insightful reviews written about the book in publications such as American BazaarRediff and India West. This review also touches on the chapter which charts the journey of Indian American physicians. For more information about the book and authors, please visit riseofindianamericans.com

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