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Born in village Kotah (Saharanpur), Vijendra Agarwal, left India in 1973 after Ph.D. (Physics) from IIT Roorkee but always remained connected with his roots. A researcher in Italy, Japan, and France, he came to the US in 1978. He served as faculty and academic administrator (Assistant Vice President, Associate Vice Chancellor, and Dean of the College of Science and Engineering) in several universities, and an Executive Fellow in the White House S&T Policy during Clinton administration. Following his voluntary retirement in 2014, he and his wife co-founded a US-based NGO, Vidya Gyan, to serve rural India toward education, health, and empowerment of girls and overall development. An Indian at heart, his passion for writing has no boundaries. This includes policy, politics and people, and social/cultural activities promoting community engagement. Currently, he is the Brand Ambassador for Times of India and frequently blogs on Linkedin on various topics.

Reflections on 20 years since 9/11 and the “Taliban to Afghanistan to Taliban (TAT)” outcome

This article is to reflect on 9/11 and how America’s total lack of exit policy meant handing back Afghanistan to the Taliban on a gold platter.

What is next for India and the United States under the Taliban’s Afghanistan

What India has to lose in Taliban’s Afghanistan- a friendly neighbor with a good political equation between India’s Modi and Afghan Presidents until a couple of weeks ago?

Controversy to a conspiracy by PETA for India’s dairy industry (AMUL): A perspective

PETA’s generalities like male calves who are of no value to the dairy business cast out to starve and sold to be killed for flesh and skin, the cows used as milk machines and then abandoned/slaughtered, and the cow shelters (gaushalas) being severely crowded, and often poorly run are not entirely true.

Connecting the dots: A humbling experience of exporting Oxygen Concentrators

We are pleased that tens of thousands of OCs are at their respective destinations and the conditions are improving in India and globally.

Compliments, criticism or just complaints by Lutyens media and opposition party leaders about Corona virus in India

Is India’s war against the deadly pandemic as bad as the “fake” media and/or political leaders of the non-BJP parties make of it?

OCI: Overseas Citizens (or assumed Criminals) of India

Is MHA's own failure in March 2020 to enforce the restrictions on Tablighi Jamaat during the nationwide lockdown leading to a broad-brush approach to tightening the rules on all OCIs?

Celebrating visibility of children following yearlong invisibility from schools

As the schools return to life, we must take precautions and fight the invisible corona not to ever return and celebrate our children’s uninterrupted learning as visibly as we can.

Greed for greater notoriety by foreign celebrities from the farmer’s protests

Many protestors are not the farmers who plow the fields. They are the commission agents and traders/hoarders of agriculture products.

Despicable and deplorable desecration of the Red Fort: Bharat’s damaged democracy

What was shocking and sad that January 26, the day when independent India’s constitution was unveiled, became the battleground of unruly and despicable behavior in the name of “Annadata,” the farmers who toil the land with their sweat and grow food to feed the millions.

The historic and hopeful January 20, 2021

Let January 20 serve as a stark reminder for the world at large that the democracy may have been halted temporarily but it has returned with greater hope and not fear.

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