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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.

Religious freedom & no intolerance and Islamophobia in India?

One must ask why the U.S. has to muddle in other countries affairs but if it has the propensity to monitor religious intolerance and discrimination leading to Islamophobia elsewhere why not first do it at home.

Celebrate the success of Indians abroad without dragging the caste

PA is of Indian origin but the CEO of a U.S. company and therefore, expecting him to be an advantage for India and Indians is futile and unfair.

Triumphant India: Not a country of particular concern

it is Modi who showed unprecedented courage in withdrawing the lawfully enacted farmer bills in the best interest of India. The opposition and the protestors may shout that Modi got scared and defeated at last but it is neither; it is an extraordinary sign of his human character, courage, strength, and triumph in the wake of upcoming assembly elections in several States, looming border threats by China and Pakistan, and growing/continuing internal threats by several groups.

A transformed India: Why?

India under Modi’s leadership is not only transforming economic reforms but has attained her due place and prestige being equal among the nations. No wonder that India’s reforms are leading the world to transform.

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?

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