California voted physician Dr. Amerish “Ami” Bera to the post of Congressman, making him only the third person of Indian origin at Capitol Hill after Dalip Singh Saund and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Beri, 47, beat sitting Congressman Dan Lungren by 5,696 votes to win a seat as a Democrat at the House of Representatives from Sacremento.
Two months ago, Barcelona witnessed the biggest independence march in Europe since the WW2. Next weekend, a regional election will serve as a quasi-plebiscite on secession. But could Catalonia really make a go of it as an independent state? And would Spain let it? What consequences will a Catalan state bring?