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US election 2020: Indian and Pakistani diaspora rally together

Added 10-25-20 11:04:03pm EST - “The countries share a hostile history but in the US the election campaign has brought them together.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “US election 2020: Indian and Pakistani diaspora rally together”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

It was 14 December, 2012, when news broke of a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Indian-American investment banker Shekar Narasimhan recalls that he was at the White House for a party but the mood quickly turned sombre. He says everyone fell silent as details of the horrific attack emerged - 20 children, all under the age of 10, and six adults died in the shooting.

"Our hearts met," said Mr Syed, a tech entrepreneur in California. "I found one person in the room who happened to be a fellow South-Asian American who was as emotional as I was."

The two soon became close, co-founding the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Victory Fund (AAPIVF), a group that aims to mobilise and elevate voices from these communities in local and national politics. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders account for more than 20 million people in the US, but their voter registration and turnout is said to be lower than the national averages for other communities.

Indians and Pakistanis are often seen as being at loggerheads because of strained relations between their respective countries. But in the US, the two communities are part of the same South Asian diaspora and often work together during political campaigns.

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