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10 CITY VIEWS January 1, 2021 – that’s all you need to know Murdoch’s New York Post Urges Trump To Accept Defeat: ‘You’re Cheering For An Undemocratic Coup’ P resident Donald Trump has had few more stalwart backers in the media than the NewYork Post editorial board. The Rupert Murdoch-controlled tabloid was among the first to endorse Trump four years ago, and this year urged voters to give him a second term. But on Sunday the Post aimed a blistering editorial at Trump, demanding that he accept his loss to President- elect Joe Biden and to stop falsely claiming that mass voter fraud had marred the results - an effort the paper labeled a “dark charade.” “We understand, Mr. President, that you’re angry that you lost,” the editorial board wrote. “But to continue down this road is ruinous.” Under the headline “Stop the Insanity,” the conserva- tive tabloid took particular aim at Trump’s attempts to pressure Vice President Mike Pence and congressional Republicans to somehow reverse the result when they meet on Jan. 6 to certify Biden’s electoral college victory. “You have tweeted that, as long as Republicans have ‘courage,’ they can overturn the results and give you four more years in office,” the Post wrote. “In other words, you’re cheering for an undemocratic coup.” The editorial is among the most stinging rebukes yet from the Trump-friendly confines of conservative media, where the president’s most ardent supporters still refuse to call Biden “president-elect” and give airtime to Trump’s baseless claims of voting fraud. The NewYork Post, which is reportedly among Trump’s favorite publications, has long been a vociferous backer of his political ambitions. In 2016, it lavished him with positive covers as he rose through the GOP primaries, culminating in an endorsement that April. Although the paper declined to endorse Trump or his opponent, Hillary Clinton, in the general election, the editorial board did back Trump over Biden this year, writing that another term would be “the best choice for the United States.” But on Sunday, the paper warned Trump that he had clearly failed in his attempts to prove voter fraud pro- pelled Biden to victory. “You had every right to investigate the election. But let’s be clear: Those efforts have found nothing,” the Post wrote, noting that Trump-backed recounts inWisconsin and Georgia had turned up no evidence of malfeasance. The editorial also lashed out at Sidney Powell, whose “Kraken” lawsuits seeking to overturn the election results have repeatedly been tossed out of court, and Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser who has floated the idea of declaring martial law to keep Trump in power. “Michael Flynn suggesting martial law is tantamount to treason. It is shameful,” the board wrote. The Post urged Trump to focus on the Jan. 5 run- off elections in Georgia, which will determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the Senate. Continu- ing to falsely assert that he won the election, the paper warned, would give his political enemies more material to tar his legacy. “Democrats will try to write you off as a one-term aberration and, frankly, you’re helping them do it,” the paper wrote. “The King Lear of Mar-a-Lago, ranting about the corruption of the world.” The Trump campaign didn’t immediately return a request for comment on the editorial. - Special To TheWashington Post By Tim Elfrink GOPIO-CT Raises Funds For Charity, Elects New Team T he Global Organization of People of Indian Origin-Connecticut Chapter (GOPIO-CT) raised $5,000 at its General Body Meeting (GBM) to do- nate to a local service organization, Building One Community of Stamford, that helps new immigrants in Connecticut. The chapter also elected its new team. In his report to the GBM, GOPIO-CT President Ashok Nichani said that in spite of the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, GOPIO had done out- standing work in helping local food pantries and providing KN95 masks for frontline workers. The community service organization has delivered food items to frontline healthcare work- ers at the Stamford Hos- pital, donated cash and replenished food items for the homeless and needy at the New Covenant House in Stamford, Lower Fairfield County Food Pantry and Food Bank of Lower Fairfield. In addition, the chapter had imported KN95 masks and donated toWilton Meadow Healthcare facility in Wilton, Connecticut and Stamford Hospital. The chapter participated in the annual walkathon fundraiser for Bennet Cancer Center at the Stamford Hospital. The organization put together a celebration of India’s 74th Independence Day connecting the people of Indian origin, community leaders and elected officials virtually. The chapter also held its annual Diwali celebration on Zoom, an interactive meeting with Congressman Jim Himes and a webinar on major changes on U.S. taxes and financial retirement planning. The GBM also conducted its annual election for 2021. Nichani was re-elected as the President for one more term. Other elected officials are Prasad Chintalapudi as Executive Vice President, Jaya Daptadar as Vice President, Prachi Narayan as Secretary, Meera Banta as Joint Secre- tary and Viresh Sharma as Treasurer. GBM also reelected two trustees, Thomas Abraham and Neelam Narang. Chief Guest India’s Consul General in NewYork Randhir Kumar Jaiswal speaking at the GOPIO-CT holi- day party and fundraiser.Photo: GOPIO CT The chapter also held its annual holiday party attended by India’s Consul General in NewYork Randhir Kumar Jaiswal as chief guest, who praised GOPIO-CT for its work. Stamford Mayor David Martin thanked GOPIO-CT for helping the local food pantries during the lock- down. Thomas Abraham, Chairman of GOPIO Inter- national said that GOPIO- CT is the most active chapter among over one hundred GOPIO chapters worldwide. Vice President of GOPIO- CT Prasad Chintalapudi coordinated and chaired the program. Nandita Suvarna closed the meeting thanking everyone for making the Zoom program a success. By A StaffWriter Chief Guest India’s Consul General in New York Randhir Kumar Jaiswal speaking at the GOPIO-CT holiday party and fundraiser. Photo Courtesy:GOPIO CT Participants at the Zoom Meeting of GOPIO-CT Annual Holiday Party and Fundraiser. Photo Courtesy:GOPIO CT Michael Chainrai Phulwani Of Maywood, New Jersey (1936-2020) M ichael (aka Mohanlal) Chainrai Phulwani, of Maywood NJ, peacefully passed away at age 84. He was an inspirational father, doting grand- father, beloved brother, caring cousin, kind friend and a renowned immigration attorney. He practiced law for over 40 years and was the recipi- ent of the Mahatma Gandhi Award, the Lifetime Achieve- ment award from the Federation of Indian Associations, and the Professional Excellence Life Time Achievement Award by the NJ Law Journal. He successfully handled many complex immigra- tion cases with the Immigration and Naturalization Service and American Consulates. He frequently gave well attended lectures on U.S. Immigration Law nation- wide in the U.S. and abroad, and was honored by several community organizations for his dedicated community service. He co-hosted a weekly television program “Immigra- tion and You” with Attorney David Nachman, telecast on ITV. He was the author of “Guide to U.S. Visas” and nu- merous articles in various ethnic South Asian newspapers and other publications in the U.S., including News India. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the international rescue committee. https://www. By Family Michael Phulwani, a recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi Award, the Lifetime Achievement award from the Federation of Indian Associations, and the Professional Excellence Life Time Achievement Award by the NJ Law Journal. Photo Courtesy:Family