Race to the White House: Do Indian-Americans Matter in US Politics?

Oct 29, 2020 12:05 PM IST

There are 1.4 million India American voters in US

The community is a strong fund-raiser. Despite this the political presence of Indian Americans is limited. Moreover, the Indian American voter is considered a reluctant one.

The Democratic party hopes to change this attitude this time with Kamala Harris running for VP. Democratic nominee from Texas 22nd Congressional District, Sri Preston Kulkarni, says that Harris has been able to galvanise this set of voters and they have no doubt more will appear at the polling booths.

Meanwhile, the Samosa Caucus of the four prominent India American in the House of Representatives are all running for re-election. Pramila Jaypal, Ro Khanna, Ami Bera and Raja Krishnamoorthi. They believe if more like Kulkarni win the Samosa Caucus will grow. However, still as is evident the representation of India Americans in US politics is far from satisfactory.

Indian American author Suketu Mehta though says that Harris is inspiring a lot of young Americans of South Asian descent to take the political plunge and quotes the example of his own young niece to us who wants to take the political course. Many also believe that political participation will help give a much needed voice to this community to dispel myths about immigrants when a anti-immigrant sentiment has been whipped up.

In other news

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla is making a crucial visit to European countries – France, Germany and the United Kingdom from 29 October to 04 November 2020. France, Germany and UK are strategic partners of India and are nations with which India has close and well-established relations. “Bilateral ties are multi-dimensional and have grown rapidly,” said the press release by the Ministry of External Affairs announcing the visit.

Also, ahead of the visit to France India came out in strong support of the country and President Emanuel Macron after the terror incident of the beheading of a French teacher. Indian statement said – “We strongly deplore the personal attacks in unacceptable language on President Emmanuel Macron in violation of the most basic standards of international discourse. We also condemn the brutal terrorist attack that took the life of a French teacher in a gruesome manner that has shocked the world. We offer our condolences to his family and the people of France. There is no justification for terrorism for any reason or under any circumstance.”

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