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Friday, September 10, 2004

New York attorney who is the lone NRI in the Lok Sabha

NEW DELHI - For successful New York attorney Madhu Goud Yaskhi, a rash of suicides by debt-ridden farmers in his native Andhra Pradesh set off a chain reaction that has culminated in his election to the Indian Parliament. “I am the only nonresident Indian (NRI) member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha (the lower house). I intend to use (this status) to become an interface with the 20 million Indian diaspora across the globe,” the soft-spoken Yaskhi said in an interview with Desi Talk at his hotel here.
“I also want to use my experience abroad to raise funds for the needy and ensure that the funds are properly utilized,” Yaskhi, who won from the Nizamabad constituency, said.
Yaskhi said his journey to politics started a year-and-a-half ago when he was reading a newspaper while traveling in the subway to the law firm he founded nine years ago in Manhattan –– International Legal and Trade Consultants.
The paper spoke about the plight of farmers in Machareddy town in Andhra Pradesh and he immediately wanted to become a source of refuge to their families, among whom many had lost their breadwinners due to suicides.
“I started by giving Rs. 10,000 ($220) each to the 43 farmer families who had committed suicides. They had lost confidence in themselves and in the government,” Yaskhi said.
His wife, Shuchee, an endocrinologist who also had a successful career in New York, returned to India and started a practice to tend to children and the poor. “We did not work for recognition. But it was noticed. Then on March 31, on the last day for filing nominations, I got a ticket from the Congress Party to run for the Lok Sabha from Nizamabad,” Yaskhi said.
“I could just campaign for 18 days, but managed to win with a comfortable margin.”
Yaskhi said he wants to create a wider platform for addressing issues concerning the Indian diaspora. And though his from New York. he said his primary focus would be on NRIs in the Gulf region. “NRIs in the U.S. are well placed. It is the Gulf NRIs who face many problems but do not get enough support,” he noted.
Recalling his early years, Yaskhi said he was born in Hayatnagar in a middle class family of modest means on Dec. 15, 1960, and has six sisters and four brothers. He went to the U.S. after a bachelor’s degree in arts from Nizam College in Hyderabad, a law degree from the University of Delhi and a postgraduate degree in law from Osmania University.
“I basically went to the U.S. for further studies, to do a Ph.D. But the cost of education was so prohibitive that I took up some work at the Indian consulate in New York,” he said. It was during this period that he worked for a brief three-month period at Desi Talk “to help in the coverage of the 1989 elections.”
“But within a year my father died in an accident and the responsibility of supporting my family fell on my shoulders. I took up various odd jobs and finally started my law firm.”
Yaskhi also involved himself in community empowerment and participated in several fund-raisers for U.S. congressmen and senators.He says he will soon open an office in his district where constituents can talk about their problems freely. “I want to use every experience gained in the U.S. to help my constituency.”Yaskhi, who plans to visit New York later this month, meet with his many friends and supporters in the city, is expected to be given a Congress Party post focusing on diaspora affairs.

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Good Turn

After giving up his green card to return and provide support to poor farmers in Andhra Pradesh, the New York lawyer finds himself catapulted into the Lok Sabha and adjusting to public life in India

By Lakshmi Iyer
When 43 year-old Madhusudhan Yaskhi turned up in Parliament in his regular shirt and trousers, he found himself stalled at every step. The successful New York lawyer, who returned to settle in India and last month got elected to the 14th Lok Sabha from Nizamatmd on a Congress seat, hadn't realized how important the kurta-pyjama was to being a politician in Delhi. At every entry point, the security asked him Lo display his identity card and he was not even allowed to speak at the Congress Party in Parliament meeting because he was not dressed like the others.
Yaskhi was perhaps a trifle ruffled by the sartorial demands of political office, but what led him into politics was something that shook him profoundly. Following media reports of farmers committing suicide in his native Andhra Pradesh, Yaskhi had. along with a group of Non- Resident Indians (NRIS), adopted 52 families in Machareddy Mandal in Nizamabad district-an area that had the highest number of suicidal deaths.
He gave out Rs 10,000 in cash to each of the affected families and undertook to educate 55 children, with the annual expenses per child working out to Its 1,200. He also got a US-trained psychiatrist to counsel the farmers to bring them out of depression and guided the men to alternate sources of employment. These steps brought comfort and confidence to the farmers at a time when the district administration was apathetic and the chief minister
demands on him. "I was told caste identity was important, so Goud is now part of my name," he says.
The question everyone asks Yaskhi, however, is why did he not remain like other wealthy NRIS with bleeding hearts-doling out dollars for a worthy cause in India while continuing to mint more in America? What factors pitch forked him into politics? "Our work at Machareddy Mandal," says the Delhi University law graduate who has for the past 13 years been providing legal assistance to expatriates in the US on immigration and business investment.
GRUDGING SUPPORT: Yaskhi's wife, Shuchee, and their two daughters
In one year, Yaskhi's work high- lighted everything that was wrong with Naidu's much-hyped, hi-tech model of governance. As an NRI, perhaps, he had a greater legitimacy in calling the TDP leader's bluff. Naturally, after this, Yaskhi couldn't have remained outside the political system. His entry, however, was entirely unplanned. When the elections were announced, the TDP was the first party to approach him
D. Srinivas was also from Nizamabad district. But then party veterans raised a storm, alleging he had bought his way into politics. Yaskhi denies this but party circles indicate that he picked up the election expenses of all the seven legislators in his Lok Sabha constituency. Nevertheless, the intra-Congress feud gave a handle to the TDP. His rival ran a "me poor, he rich" campaign which, however, failed to click. Yaskhi won with the third highest margin of votes in the state. Not because of Machareddy Mandal- falls in the neighboring Medak Lok Sabha seat. "They voted me for my smile," he says, somewhat self-assuredly.
Yaskhi is aware that his election does not automatically solve the problem of Andhra farmers or his constituency. In fact, over a 100 farmers have killed themselves in spite of a change in government. There have been 11 deaths in Yaskhi's constituency itself. "The only difference we've made is in our response," he says. Much to the annoyance of local MLAs, he visited the bereaved families and geared up the district machinery to publicise the new measures being undertaken to amelio-rate the misery of the farmers. "We have a long way to go," he admits.
But the most difficult, part has been to persuade his reluctant. family-his endocrinologist, wife Shuchee and two daughters-to return to India, He is anxious that his public life does not affect his time with his family. "After the elections, my daughter got

"I was told class identity is important so Goud, my (backward) class name, is now part of my nomenclature"
Chandrababu Naidu appeared insular. To tile credit of this NRI effort, only three suicide deaths have since been reported in the region.
However, not content to provide succour from the outside, Yaskhi sold his New Jersey house, initiated the process to surrender his greencard, left his firm in the care of his partners and returned to his home state and politics. Besides the sartorial statement politics required of him, ho was also asked to change his name. Acting on the advise by CWC member Ghulam Nabhi Azad to use his backward caste name as part of his nomenclature. Yaskhi is resigned to the
with a ticket, which he promptly turned down. "1 couldn't contest, on a TDP ticket and my friends in the US were appaled that 1 was standing on a Congress ticket. They said it was a losing party. The NRI community there is pro-BJP, pro-TDP," says Yaskhi who once worked as junior lawyer to veteran People's Union of Civil Liberties leader K.G. Kannabiran.
Getting a. Congress ticket wasn't easy for him either. He didn't know any one of the big worthies in the party like Azad, Ahmed Patel or Ambika Soni. What helped him was the fart that the PCC President
me to watch the Spykids-III DVD) with her. She was very upset when she found me asleep behind the special glasses we had to wear," he rues. Shuchee admits that she didn't want him to join politics, "I did not go on a door-to-door campaign for the first week," she says. But Yaskhi is determined to keep his home out of bounds to the public with separate offices, "Shuchee freaked out when someone walked into our bedroom," he recalls. He is still learning about public life in India. The sartorial change was only the first step.


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I am the only NRI member of parliament: Madhu Yaskhi

I am the only NRI member of parliament: Madhu Yaskhi Arvind Padmanabhan
NEW DELHI: For successful New York attorney Madhu Goud Yaskhi, a rash of suicides by farmers in his native Andhra Pradesh set off a chain reaction culminating in his election to the Indian parliament."I am the only non-resident member of parliament in the Lok Sabha. I intend to use it to become an interface with the 20 million Indian diaspora across the globe," says the soft-spoken Yaskhi."I also want to use my experience abroad to raise funds for the needy and ensure that the funds are properly utilised," Yaskhi, who won from the Nizamabad constituency, told IANS in an interview Wednesday (June 2).Yaskhi says his journey to politics started a year and a half ago when he was reading a newspaper while going to the law firm he founded nine years ago in Manhattan - International Legal and Trade Consultants.The paper spoke about the plight of farmers in Machareddy town in Andhra Pradesh and he immediately wanted to become a source of refuge to their families, among whom many had lost their breadwinners due to suicides. "I started by giving Rs.10,000 ($220) each to the 43 farmer families who had committed suicides. They had lost confidence in themselves and in the government."His wife, Shuchee, an endocrinologist who also had a successful career in New York, returned to India and started a practice to tend to children and the poor."We did not work for recognition. But it was noticed. Then on March 31 on the last day for filing nominations, I got a ticket from the Congress to run for the Lok Sabha from Nizamabad," Yaskhi says."I could just campaign for 18 days, but managed to win with a comfortable margin."On future plans, Yaskhi says he wants to create a wider platform for addressing issues concerning the Indian diaspora. He says his primary focus would be on non-resident Indians (NRIs) in the Gulf region."NRIs in the US are well placed. It is the Gulf NRIs who face many problems but do not get enough support," he says.Recalling his early years, Yaskhi says he was born in Hayatnagar to a middle class family of modest means on Dec 15, 1960, and has six sisters and four brothers. He went to the US after a bachelor's degree in arts from Nizam College in Hyderabad, a law degree from the University of Delhi and a postgraduate degree in law from Osmania University."I basically went to the US for further studies to do a Ph.D. But the cost of education was so prohibitive that I took up some work at the Indian consulate in New York," he said."But within a year my father died in an accident and the responsibilities for supporting my family fell on my shoulders. I took up various odd jobs and finally started my law firm."The law firm was started to extend legal help to people of Indian origin and their businesses."In fact my desire for philanthropy started with the law firm, since many lawyers were charging exorbitant fees for processing visas and would not return the passports unless the money was paid."Yaskhi also involved himself in community empowerment and participated in several fund-raisers for US congressmen and senators.He says he will soon open an office in his district where constituents can talk about their problems freely. "I want to use every experience gained in the US to help my constituency."


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He has assured the farmer families that they were the responsibilty of the NRI’s and that NRI’s would take up the responsibility of educating the children of the farmers who had lost their lives. He urged the widows to send the children to schools so that there would be no more such tragedies. If the children are sent to schools, there would be less chances of their becoming coolies and farm labourers, and thus less chances of their blaming Mother Nature for their plight.
Coming to the functioning of Madhu’s organisation, International Legal and Trade Consultancy, it is a legal firm based in New York. It has gained tremendous applauds from the international community by delivering yeomen services to repatriates, especially Indians living abroad. The founder, president of this organization Madhu Yashki himself was an Andhrite. Many Indians have an innate desire to go abroad, earn name and fame, and also lots of money for a secure future. But sometimes, their dreams are shattered. They land up in a mess as they get cheated by some travel agents and consultancies, thus losing lots of money and get caught up in a foreign land. At such times, this consultancy comes to their rescue to extradite them to their homeland or to help them secure jobs in the foreign land. If the same problem is encountered in our country, it can be solved amicably with the help of friends and relatives, but in a foreign land where there is no one to share the problem with, it is very difficult. Similarly, sometimes women end up in problems when they get married to men abroad. Usually, when parents enquire they come to know that the boy is working abroad and nothing else. Parents marry the girl to the boy with the hope that their daughter will have a secure future. But here also, sometimes, legal tangles are involved. Parents living in India may not be in a position to go to America and settle the problems. At such times, Madhu’s organization comes to their rescue at nominal costs, as the parents in India may not be able to pay the huge legal fees charged by foreign lawyers. Mostly the organization tries to unite the couple by extending its counseling services.
Many Indians do not know as to what should be done to settle down in a foreign land, how to get the visa’s etc. Madhu’s organization helps Indians to overcome this problem too. There are various types of Visas. H-I visas, student visas, Artists visas etc. How to get them? What documents are needed? How to procure them? Whom to contact? Life style in America! How to settle down there? The organization regularly gives information about all these. Some Visas are rejected. Some people are cheated! Candidates who try to obtain Visas through this organization do not face such problems as all formalities are followed correctly.
Madhu feels that there is lot for us to learn from America and about its work culture. We have to accept the good and shed away the bad. One advantage about the country is that we get used to the work culture and resist ourselves from unnecessary gossip. Each and every person works there. Even students who go to study there take up part time jobs


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He had become a source of refuge to the huge farmer community among whom many had lost their breadwinners due to the large number of suicides in Machareddy mandal. Many of the poverty striken farmers have taken to this extreme step, as they could not bear the mounting debts as Mother Nature has been deceiving them every now and then.
He had come forward to help the poverty striken farmer families and had given Rs. 10,000 each to the 43 farmer families who had committed suicides as they lost confidence in themselves and also Mother Nature. He also assured them further assistance. He said that the non-resident Indian community would always stand by the poor, needy and unfortunate people. He requested them to have confidence in the NRI’s as they were their wellwishers and had come all the way to help their needy brethren. Madhu’s sincere advice to them was, “Fate may bestow sorrow upon you but let not poverty, hunger and drought put down your determination. This had been his motto forever. Always have confidence in us. We will not desert you. We will be alwaysready to help you.”
Madhu always had a soft corner for the poor and the needy, but the tragedy faced by the drought-striken farmers of Machareddy moved him. He urged them to remain calm and also assured that the help he had given was not the ‘be all and end all’, but it was only the beginning to tell the poor that NRI’s are always with them. According to him, every NRI has an innate desire to serve his people in some way or the other and that they would always come forward in times of need. Only thing is that, the need should be brought to their notice. Now that Madhu had taken up the task of bringing it to their notice, they would definitely come forward. He had assured that he would set up a foundation with the help of fellow NRI’s and this foundation would continue to serve the farmers till their problems were solved. He said, “had the State government asked help from the NRI’s for such a noble cause, they would have come forward earlier.
But the government was concentrating more on Janma Bhoomi and beautification of the State. This only shows that the government is anti-poor. Had the banks closed the files of their debts, many lives would have been saved. It was the government’s duty to arrange a counseling team to help the farmers who have lost their mental calm but as it had not done, he had assured them the best medical help from doctors abroad. He said that the NRI’s were not aware of the situation until former Minister Shabbir Ali went to USA and spoke on their behalf. When Shabbir Ali informed that the farmer families needed immediate attention, Madhu Yashki, founder and President of International Legal and Trade Consultants, a New York based legal firm volunteered to come to India and mitigate the sufferings of the drought-striken. He visited India, interacted with the villagers and gathered relevant information about their living standards. He had also assured to bear the educational expenses of their children.

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Madhu S Yaskhi, a name to be reckoned in the international community as a legal professional who had helped many Indian brethren solve their problems amicably in an alien land. In a profession where people make a mark after long periods of service, Madhu had made a name for himself by delivering legal service to expatriate communities, particularly Indians having problems in America. He had founded the International Legal and Trade Consultants and through this organization he had been able to impart valuable legal help to solve personal problems of people of Indian origin and also businesses started by them. According to him, many Indians and in specific the Telugu speaking are in the forefront of computer revolution both in India and in the United States of America. Madhu had been behind the success of many among them.
Born on 15 December 1960 to Y. Kistaiah and Y. Sulochana in a middle class agricultural family in Hayatnagar, Madhu has six sisters and four brothers. He is the second among them. His father’s younger brother Y. Pochaiah and wife Y. Anasuya adopted Madhu.
Regarding his education, Madhu studied in the local Zilla Parishad School. Later he completed his intermediate education from the City College with BPC (Biology, Physics and Chemistry) group; and then, his Bachelors Degree with Arts from the Nizam’s College. He finished his LLB from Delhi University between 1982-85; and later LLM from Osmania University. Though an average student, he managed to get a double promotion from Third standard to Fifth standard.
Almost all sports attracted Madhu. He used to play Ball badminton and was the captain of the team in his intermediate days. Reading also was one of his hobbies. He developed keen interest in reading Telugu literature and History. At a very young age, he read almost all the books of the great Telugu scholar Vishwanatha Satyanarayana.
Madhu had the qualities of a leader right from early childhood. Even in school, from First standard onwards, except for one year, he was the class leader. When he was in the eighth standard, he participated in the school elections and was elected General Secretary. This was an overwhelming achievement for Madhu as the two other candidates who contested with him were tenth class students. Sidelining them, the students had voted in Madhu’s favour. This was a clear indication of Madhu’s leadership qualities. While in the tenth class, he was elected President of the school.
Even in college, there was no set back to his leadership qualities. Change of atmosphere and place did not cause any hindrance or we can say that he did not allow hindrances to block his way to success. Even in college, he was the Vice President of the Student’s Union of PG College and Nizam College Students Union. While doing his LLM, he was the University Law College President. And now, he is contesting for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections with the Congress ticket, with an innate desire to serve the poor, downtrodden and needy people, especially of Andhra Pradesh.
He married Dr Shuchee, a gynecologist in the year 1991. The couple have two children. Madhu’s father died in a road accident in the year 1990. As there was no immediate medical attention, his condition deteriorated and he died. Madhu was very much moved by the sudden demise of his father in such a tragic way and this incident left a deep impact on his life. It also inspired him to become a cause for giving life to many accident victims and thus encouraged wife Dr Shuchee to change her subject from gynecology to endocrinology. Dr Shuchee had worked successfully in many hospitals in the United States of America. And now, she returned to India, for the sake of her children’s education and also with an intention to settle down in one place.

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MadhuYaskhi Goud who won from the Nizamabad loksabha seat said, "We'll add our own strategies to the measures in congress manifesto then implement for the development of district and solving problems of the people". more... The Congress Parliamentary Party on Saturday elected Sonia Gandhi as its leader thus paving the way for her to become India's next PM. Newly-elected Congress Parliamentary Party leader Sonia Gandhi today said a coalition government led by her party will very soon be in place.
Addressing newly-elected party MPs in the Central Hall of Parliament soon after being unanimously elected the CPP leader, Gandhi said the people of the country had "decisively rejected the ideology of RSS and destructive and self-serving policies of the NDA government."
"The people have also rejected politics of arrogance, personal attacks and negative campaign," she said

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NRI MP promises to allay problems of Andhra’s rural poor

NEW YORK: The newly elected Congress Party MP from Andhra Pradesh, Madhu Yaskhi told a community gathering in New Jersey he would work for the interests of Indian-Americans and be their voice in the Indian Parliament. The Indian National Congress (USA) celebrated the victory of the only non-resident Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha in style with fireworks, confetti and a lavish spread at the Royal Albert Palace in NJ on June 30. “It’s not my victory but your victory, an honor to every NRI and not just me,” said a visibly moved Yaskhi at the function that was attended by the crиme de la crиme of the tri-state area. “I will be your voice in the parliament,” he emphasized in his keynote speech. He said: “After Manmohanji got elected as Prime Minister I spoke to him about ‘dual citizenship.’ We hope to have new guidelines within two months. The prime minister was kind enough to create for the first time in the history of Indian parliament a full-fledged minister for NRI affairs with Jagdish Tytler. I will make every effort to redress your grievances and you can count on me,” he said to cheers from the audience. He spoke about his own middle-class background that helped him to relate to the plight of the farmers in the Machareddy town of Andhra Pradesh. “When the Prime Minister recently visited Andhra Pradesh, he saw the pathetic situation of the farmers there. It is a collective effort; we will help to bring about the changes in India that we can be proud of. I will never be a leader but will always be a true representative of the people. ” Sharing the podium with Yaskhi were emcee Dr Najma Sultana who regaled the audience with her brand of wit and humor, the president of the Indian National Congress (USA), Dr Chand Kewalramani, Senior Vice President of INC and Official Representative of the Kerala Government for NRI Keralites, Zachariah P. Thomas, Member of the New Jersey State Assembly Upendra Chivukula, President of NEST group, Javed Hassan, Youth Congress Leader Hitesh ‘Lalbhai’ Patel, Sylvester Fernandes, running for the 6th Congressional District, President of the Federation of Indian American Associations (FIA), R. Radha Krishnan, Marketing Director of New York Life, Srinivas R Ranga and community activist Reverend Bernard Malik. Chinni Venkataraman of Rutgers University introduced Yaskhi to the gathering and later the MP had an opportunity to mingle with each NRI individually. Albert Jasani of Royal Albert Palace played the graceful host. “I want Madhu to learn one lesson from the past election. Computers did not give electricity to the poor people. In fact, they took resources from Indian villages. The previous government ignored all the villages of India even though more than 50 percent of Indians live in poverty,” said Dr Kewalramani. “NRIs should go to villages and talukas in full strength to see and study the situation and offer the best they could to alleviate the sufferings of the rural poor. Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Krishna Menon who participated in the freedom struggle were all NRIs at some point in their lives. Madhu has seen a world that was not corrupt over here. That is why he was able to look after the interests of rural India,” Dr Kewalramani observed. “I was campaigning with Madhu in Nizamabad and I was amazed at his dedication. He was genuinely concerned with the problems of the poor and wanted to do something to prevent the mass suicide by farmers. They have no water, no healthcare. It is as if god wanted Madhu to win the elections so that he could solve their problems,” Thomas said. Chivukula, the first generation lawmaker in a US State Assembly, said victory provided a great opportunity for Madhu to reach out to the poor and suffering in India. “India is all about rural people. In the Telangana district, people who have been deprived of water are suffering from Fluorosis or the ‘Nalgonda Effect’ (excess fluoride turns ground water into slow poison). There are people who are suffering, committing suicide. I request Madhu to teach people how to make money, and not just give it to them. I will also offer my help to better the Indo-US relations,” he said. “After Yaskhi earned most of his money in the US, he was hit by lightning and decided to spend it all in the India,” cracked Fernandes on a lighter note. He spoke about his own candidacy where he is challenging veteran Frank Pallone. “Why am I running for Congress? Because America is the only country where people can kid the politicians on TV and the same politicians can kid the people. I promise that after election, I will keep two full-time attorneys in my office for H1B visas and I will make sure that all pending applications are released.” According to Radhakrishnan, he is extremely happy that a humble, honest and sincere person like Yaskhi is going to be the ambassador for the NRI community in the US. “He is part of the FIA and I would like to invite him for the India Day Parade.” “I am indeed proud that my close friend has become the only NRI MP in the country,” said Srinivas Ranga. “I hope he goes back and brings into practice some of the ideas that we shared. During one of his trips to India, Yaskhi found that a school had no toilets. He met the principal and wrote a check to ensure toilets were constructed. He is vibrant and would do good for the Andhra Pradesh and India,” Ranga added. Born in 1960 in Hyderabad, Yaskhi received his LLB from Delhi University and LLM from Osmania University. He immigrated to the US in 1996 and runs a successful law firm called International Legal and Trade Consultants here. Yaskhi is a member of various organizations like the International Bar Association and the Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce. In the year 2000, he started the ‘Madhu Yaskhi Foundation’ and pledged 25 percent of his annual income to the construction of hospitals and for the families of farmers who committed suicide in AP. In fact, Yaskhi was the first person to bring their cause to the attention of the public. He has also participated in various fundraising activities for the US Senate and Congress.



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The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) held its kick-off meeting for the 24th Annual India Day Parade at the Consulate of India on June 23. This

The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) held its kick-off meeting for the 24th Annual India Day Parade at the Consulate of India on June 23. This year’s parade, to be held on Aug. 15, will mark the 57th anniversary of Indian independence. Seen in the photo, from left, are Shobna Patel, secretary of FIA; R. Radhakrishnan, president of FIA; Madhu S. Yaskhi, Lok Sabha lawmaker; and Consul General Pramathesh Rath. (Photo: Courtesy, Chandrakant Trivedi)

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Music director A R Rahman, Bollywood actor Dino Morea and NRI MP Madhu Yaskhi march with NRIs to celebrate India's Independence Day in New York on August, 15 2004. PTI

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INDIA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY AT NEW YORK CONSULATE GENERAL: The Indian Consulate General in New York organized its traditional Independence Day celebrations. Seen in the photo are, from left, New Jersey Ratepayer Advocate Seema Singh, Indian member of Parliament and a former New York Attorney Madhu Yaskhi, Deputy Indian Consul General Ashok Tomar, Indian Consul General Pramathesh Rath and Council Member Anthony J. Santino. (Photo: Mohammed. Jaffer/SnapsIndia)

BANQUET TO HONOR GUESTS: Federation of Indian Association (FIA) hosted a banquet in honor of Grand Marshal A.R. Rahman and other dignitaries at Royal Albert Palace on Aug. 16. Seen in the photo are, from left, Indian Consul General Pramathesh Rath, Indian actor Dino Morea, Dr. Navin Mehta , FIA president R. Radhakrishnan, Grand Marshal and composer A.R. Rahman, TV Asia’s H.R. Shah, Indian member of parliament and a former New York Attorney Madhu Yaskhi and Indian industrialist Dr. B. K. Modi. (Photo: Courtesy, FIA)


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July 23, 2004


Yaskhi’s victory in elections celebrated



FORDS –– The Indian National Congress (USA) celebrated the victory of Madhu Yaskhi in the elections to Lok Sabha from Andhra Pradesh, at the Royal Albert Palace in Fords, New Jersey, on July 1. Yaskhi is the only non-resident lawmaker in the Lok Sabha, and his success was celebrated with confetti and fireworks. Seen in the photo is Madhu Yaskhi at the event. (Photo: Mohammed Jaffer/SnapsIndia)



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JULY 18, 2004


Free diabetic camp held


NIZAMABAD, JULY 18. The Madhu Yaskhi Foundation floated by the Nizamabad MP, Madhu Yaskhi, conducted a free diabetic camp here on Sunday.

The MP's wife, Suchi, a consultant with the Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, and two other doctors -- Sonal and Kanchana - screened over 200 patients at the camp. The foundation provided free medicines to the needy patients.

According to Dr. Suchi, it has been planned to hold more such free diabetic camps in all the nine Assembly constituency headquarters shortly.


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Wednesday, July 14, 2004

NRI MP promises to allay problems of Andhra’s rural poor


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NEW YORK: The newly elected Congress Party MP from Andhra Pradesh, Madhu Yaskhi told a community gathering in New Jersey he would work for the interests of Indian-Americans and be their voice in the Indian Parliament. The Indian National Congress (USA) celebrated the victory of the only non-resident Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha in style with fireworks, confetti and a lavish spread at the Royal Albert Palace in NJ on June 30. “It’s not my victory but your victory, an honor to every NRI and not just me,” said a visibly moved Yaskhi at the function that was attended by the crиme de la crиme of the tri-state area. “I will be your voice in the parliament,” he emphasized in his keynote speech. He said: “After Manmohanji got elected as Prime Minister I spoke to him about ‘dual citizenship.’ We hope to have new guidelines within two months. The prime minister was kind enough to create for the first time in the history of Indian parliament a full-fledged minister for NRI affairs with Jagdish Tytler. I will make every effort to redress your grievances and you can count on me,” he said to cheers from the audience. He spoke about his own middle-class background that helped him to relate to the plight of the farmers in the Machareddy town of Andhra Pradesh. “When the Prime Minister recently visited Andhra Pradesh, he saw the pathetic situation of the farmers there. It is a collective effort; we will help to bring about the changes in India that we can be proud of. I will never be a leader but will always be a true representative of the people. ” Sharing the podium with Yaskhi were emcee Dr Najma Sultana who regaled the audience with her brand of wit and humor, the president of the Indian National Congress (USA), Dr Chand Kewalramani, Senior Vice President of INC and Official Representative of the Kerala Government for NRI Keralites, Zachariah P. Thomas, Member of the New Jersey State Assembly Upendra Chivukula, President of NEST group, Javed Hassan, Youth Congress Leader Hitesh ‘Lalbhai’ Patel, Sylvester Fernandes, running for the 6th Congressional District, President of the Federation of Indian American Associations (FIA), R. Radha Krishnan, Marketing Director of New York Life, Srinivas R Ranga and community activist Reverend Bernard Malik. Chinni Venkataraman of Rutgers University introduced Yaskhi to the gathering and later the MP had an opportunity to mingle with each NRI individually. Albert Jasani of Royal Albert Palace played the graceful host. “I want Madhu to learn one lesson from the past election. Computers did not give electricity to the poor people. In fact, they took resources from Indian villages. The previous government ignored all the villages of India even though more than 50 percent of Indians live in poverty,” said Dr Kewalramani. “NRIs should go to villages and talukas in full strength to see and study the situation and offer the best they could to alleviate the sufferings of the rural poor. Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Krishna Menon who participated in the freedom struggle were all NRIs at some point in their lives. Madhu has seen a world that was not corrupt over here. That is why he was able to look after the interests of rural India,” Dr Kewalramani observed. “I was campaigning with Madhu in Nizamabad and I was amazed at his dedication. He was genuinely concerned with the problems of the poor and wanted to do something to prevent the mass suicide by farmers. They have no water, no healthcare. It is as if god wanted Madhu to win the elections so that he could solve their problems,” Thomas said. Chivukula, the first generation lawmaker in a US State Assembly, said victory provided a great opportunity for Madhu to reach out to the poor and suffering in India. “India is all about rural people. In the Telangana district, people who have been deprived of water are suffering from Fluorosis or the ‘Nalgonda Effect’ (excess fluoride turns ground water into slow poison). There are people who are suffering, committing suicide. I request Madhu to teach people how to make money, and not just give it to them. I will also offer my help to better the Indo-US relations,” he said. “After Yaskhi earned most of his money in the US, he was hit by lightning and decided to spend it all in the India,” cracked Fernandes on a lighter note. He spoke about his own candidacy where he is challenging veteran Frank Pallone. “Why am I running for Congress? Because America is the only country where people can kid the politicians on TV and the same politicians can kid the people. I promise that after election, I will keep two full-time attorneys in my office for H1B visas and I will make sure that all pending applications are released.” According to Radhakrishnan, he is extremely happy that a humble, honest and sincere person like Yaskhi is going to be the ambassador for the NRI community in the US. “He is part of the FIA and I would like to invite him for the India Day Parade.” “I am indeed proud that my close friend has become the only NRI MP in the country,” said Srinivas Ranga. “I hope he goes back and brings into practice some of the ideas that we shared. During one of his trips to India, Yaskhi found that a school had no toilets. He met the principal and wrote a check to ensure toilets were constructed. He is vibrant and would do good for the Andhra Pradesh and India,” Ranga added. Born in 1960 in Hyderabad, Yaskhi received his LLB from Delhi University and LLM from Osmania University. He immigrated to the US in 1996 and runs a successful law firm called International Legal and Trade Consultants here. Yaskhi is a member of various organizations like the International Bar Association and the Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce. In the year 2000, he started the ‘Madhu Yaskhi Foundation’ and pledged 25 percent of his annual income to the construction of hospitals and for the families of farmers who committed suicide in AP. In fact, Yaskhi was the first person to bring their cause to the attention of the public. He has also participated in various fundraising activities for the US Senate and Congress.  
 
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Friday, July 09, 2004

India’s only NRI lawmaker from NJ, Madhu Yaskhi, on visit to state

July 09, 2004
  
India’s only NRI lawmaker from NJ, Madhu Yaskhi, on visit to state
Moved by the plight of Andhra Pradesh farmers, many of whom were driven to suicide by mountainous debts, New Jerseyan Madhu Yaskhi, who founded the New York law firm of International Legal and Trade Consultants nine years ago, returned to India, handing out Rs. 10,000 ($217) to each of 43 bereaved families. On March 31, the last day for filing nominations for India’s elctions 2004, he got the Congress Party nomination, with only 18 days left for campaigning. Elected to Lok Sabha from Nizamabad in Andhra Pradesh, he vowed to be an “interface” with India’s 20-million-strong diaspora. Seen in the photo, Yaskhi, right, speaking to a group at Akbar restaurant in New Jersey on June 29. Meanwhile, the Indian National Congress was scheduled to host a reception for Yaskhi at Royal Albert’s Palace in Fords, NJ, on July 1

Thursday, July 08, 2004

I am the only NRI member of parliament: Madhu Yaskhi

Arvind Padmanabhan


NEW DELHI: For successful New York attorney Madhu Goud Yaskhi, a rash of suicides by farmers in his native Andhra Pradesh set off a chain reaction culminating in his election to the Indian parliament.

"I am the only non-resident member of parliament in the Lok Sabha. I intend to use it to become an interface with the 20 million Indian diaspora across the globe," says the soft-spoken Yaskhi.

"I also want to use my experience abroad to raise funds for the needy and ensure that the funds are properly utilised," Yaskhi, who won from the Nizamabad constituency, told IANS in an interview Wednesday (June 2).

Yaskhi says his journey to politics started a year and a half ago when he was reading a newspaper while going to the law firm he founded nine years ago in Manhattan - International Legal and Trade Consultants.

The paper spoke about the plight of farmers in Machareddy town in Andhra Pradesh and he immediately wanted to become a source of refuge to their families, among whom many had lost their breadwinners due to suicides.

"I started by giving Rs.10,000 ($220) each to the 43 farmer families who had committed suicides. They had lost confidence in themselves and in the government."

His wife, Shuchee, an endocrinologist who also had a successful career in New York, returned to India and started a practice to tend to children and the poor.

"We did not work for recognition. But it was noticed. Then on March 31 on the last day for filing nominations, I got a ticket from the Congress to run for the Lok Sabha from Nizamabad," Yaskhi says.

"I could just campaign for 18 days, but managed to win with a comfortable margin."

On future plans, Yaskhi says he wants to create a wider platform for addressing issues concerning the Indian diaspora. He says his primary focus would be on non-resident Indians (NRIs) in the Gulf region.

"NRIs in the US are well placed. It is the Gulf NRIs who face many problems but do not get enough support," he says.

Recalling his early years, Yaskhi says he was born in Hayatnagar to a middle class family of modest means on Dec 15, 1960, and has six sisters and four brothers.

He went to the US after a bachelor's degree in arts from Nizam College in Hyderabad, a law degree from the University of Delhi and a postgraduate degree in law from Osmania University.

"I basically went to the US for further studies to do a Ph.D. But the cost of education was so prohibitive that I took up some work at the Indian consulate in New York," he said.

"But within a year my father died in an accident and the responsibilities for supporting my family fell on my shoulders. I took up various odd jobs and finally started my law firm."

The law firm was started to extend legal help to people of Indian origin and their businesses.

"In fact my desire for philanthropy started with the law firm, since many lawyers were charging exorbitant fees for processing visas and would not return the passports unless the money was paid."

Yaskhi also involved himself in community empowerment and participated in several fund-raisers for US congressmen and senators.

He says he will soon open an office in his district where constituents can talk about their problems freely. "I want to use every experience gained in the US to help my constituency."

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Mobile rural health unit soon: MP


NIZAMABAD, JULY 8. The Nizamabad MP, Madhu Yaskhi, has said that a mobile rural health unit will be established immediately to take care of the health needs of the people residing in interior villages of the district.
Mr. Yaskhi, who was instrumental in establishing the Madhu Yaskhi Trust has decided to entrust the rural health care project to the mobile health team. The experienced health team would tour the interior areas of the district on daily basis to provide health care at the doorsteps of the poor people. A mobile health van would be procured shortly.
Speaking to The Hindu on Thursday on phone from New Delhi,
Mr. Yaskhi, elaborated his plans for the rural health care. A sum of Rs. 25 lakhs would be spent this year by the trust to take up health care programmes in rural areas, he said adding that the immediate necessity was establishing the mobile rural health unit.
He said the health team comprising specialists doctors would move round the villages and provide health check-up to the needy. Medicines wherever necessary would be provided to patients, he said adding the effort was to provide alternative medical care to poor patients who could not afford to visit private nursing homes.
Laying emphasis on the health of the pregnant women, children's health and dental care of school kids, Mr. Yaskhi, said the trust would go all out to reach out to the needy people. He said for schoolchildren dental care was very important aspect.
The Nizamabad MP who had recently visited the US in connection with a series of felicitation programmes organised by the Indian associations last month said that he had met the World Health Organisation (WHO) representatives and discussed the health problems confronted by the women beedi workers. A New York-based community health specialist, Baswati Bhattacharya, who is also advisor to Senator Hillary Clinton, has agreed to associate herself with the project to provide medicare to women beedi workers.
 

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Yaskhi to take up beedi workers' issue with WHO

NIZAMABAD, JUNE 22. The Nizamabad MP, Madhu Yaskhi, is meeting officials of the World Health Organisation in New York on June 26 to impress upon the premier organisation to step in to held beedi workers who are susceptible to tuberculosis and asthma.
Speaking to The Hindu on phone from Hyderabad, Mr. Yaskhi said during his visit to various villages in the district he came across several beedi workers suffering from ailment and unable to afford treatment. He said if proper steps are not taken immediately, they are likely to contract TB and Asthma. He said during his visit to the US from tomorrow, he had sought an appointment with WHO officials. The WHO representatives agreed to meet him on June 26, he added.
He said he would try to drive home the point that there is urgent need to come to the rescue of beedi workers and take up health programmes to reduce the cases of TB and Asthma. He said apart from concentrating on the welfare of beedi workers, he would also strive to ensure WHO involvement in the district.
Mr. Yaskhi, who happens to be the only NRI member in the 14th Lok Sabha is being felicitated by a number of Indian associations in the U.S. One June 25, the Federation of Indian Association, an umbrella outfit representing 250 Indian associations, is organising a felicitation programme for Mr. Yaskhi, in New York.
The Indian Overseas Congress has arranged another felicitation for the Nizamabad MP on June 30 at Washington. The American Telugu Association (ATA) is honouring Mr. Yaskhi at the three-day conference in Chicago between July 2 and 4. The Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce is planning another felicitation programme during the Nizamabad MP's visit to US between June 23 and July 4 in New Jersey.
 
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