(Above): India’s Law and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad addressing a gathering of Indian Americans at the Amber India Restaurant in Los Altos, Calif., Aug. 26. (Vansh A. Gupta/Siliconeer)

India’s Law and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was recently in San Francisco Bay Area where he debunked the false narrative of India. People in this generation think that India still has mass corruption and lives with 3G Internet, the reality is that India is making rapid progress in becoming a global superpower, writes youth editor Vansh A. Gupta.

This monsoon Kerala, a southwestern coastal state at the tip of the Indian Peninsula, enjoying a long coastline along the Arabian Sea and with the Western Ghats running longitudinally, received two and a half times more rains that resulted in devastating floods, flash floods and landslides that went on to leave over 400 dead, displace thousands of people, completely damage infrastructure and property worth billions of dollars and made large parts of the state inaccessible, writes Priyanka Bhardwaj.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the first external affairs minister to deliver a speech in Hindi at the UN General Assembly, effectively raised India’s stand on key issues like nuclear disarmament, state-sponsored terrorism and reforms at the world body. An immensely popular prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was laid to rest Aug. 17 with full state honors. We present a tribute.

As the controversy surrounding Rafale deal escalates, we present an explainer and a timeline relating to India’s purchase of 36 combat jets from France for an estimated Rs.58,000 crore. The Trump administration wants to give new Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan space to explore opportunities to improve relations with India, a senior Pentagon official has said, writes Lalit K. Jha.

Indians worldwide celebrated 72 years of Independence with the usual pomp and fervor. Silicon Valley was not to be left behind, with a week-long Festival of Globe celebrations, writes Ritu Maheshwari.

U.S. citizens across the country soon will vote on all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, for 35 U.S. senators and three dozen governorships. The House of Representatives and possibly the Senate are up for grabs, writes Mark Hedin.