Bobby Jindall is a role model for so many Southeast Asians. Look how far he has ascended up the political ladder. He is the first non-white to become governor of Louisiana for over a century. Many folks feel that since Bobby Jindall has made so many great strides in life, a 2012 run against Barack Obama is a very foreseeable future for him. It would certainly be a better choice than Sarah Palin. Whenever Bobby Jindall starts to talk, it makes sense what he is saying. But when Sarah Palin speaks for any real length of time, I get lost in translation. Yes, a dark, handsome Indian man would seem to be the ideal candidate for a party that seems to be mostly caucasian. Having Bobby Jindall as the face of the Republican party would make the GOP not seem so antiquated. But, what does he have to say about running for president in 2012? He’s more concerned about the gubernatorial re-election in 2011. But here’s more on Jindall from Right Pundits:
“Jindal would bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to a presidential ticket. He is known for his systematic ways of accomplishing goals. He sets out a straight forward agenda, and he executes. Listen to what he said the Republicans need to do to win back congress:
“Republicans have to do three things. First, the party has to start doing the things which it says it stands for, like demonstrate fiscal discipline.
No. 2, we have to stop making excuses for corruption in our own party, and third, we have to be the party of solutions, not just blame Democrats for every problem.”
Seeing the man, you probably wouldn’t expect a southern accent. It made me chuckle. But it shows that even in Louisiana, skin color isn’t holding people back like it used to. He is the first non-white to be elected governor of Louisiana since reconstruction.“(End of Excerpt) Read the entire article here:(http://www.rightpundits.com/?p=2358
Although Bobby Jindall is the most known Indian American in politics, there are many more Indian Americans who paved the way for Bobby Jindall to become the first Indian American governor in any state, let alone Louisiana. Here’s a brief history of Indian Americans in government & politics:
“Dalip Saund (1899-1973) became a U.S. congressman in 1957. Born in the Punjab region of India, he immigrated to the United States in 1920. He earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and was one of the earliest activists fighting for the citizenship and residence rights of Asian Indians in the United States.
Many Asian Indian Americans have been appointed to administrative positions. Joy Cherian was Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner from 1990 to 1994. Cherian was first appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission in 1987. In 1982 Cherian founded the Indian American Forum for Political Education and today runs a consulting firm. Sambhu Banik, a Bethesda psychologist, was appointed in 1990 as executive director of the President’s Committee on Mental Retardation. Kumar Barve (1958– ), a Democrat from Maryland, was elected vice chairman of the Montgomery County’s House delegation in 1992. Barve became the first Asian Indian in the country to be elected to a state legislature. Bharat Bhargava was appointed assistant director of Minority Business Development Authority by President George Bush. Dinesh D’Souza, a graduate of Dartmouth and an outspoken conservative, was appointed a domestic policy advisor in the Reagan administration. He is a first generation Asian Indian, having come to the United States as an undergraduate student, and is the author of Illiberal Education: Politics of Sex and Race on Campus. D’Souza is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). T.R. Lakshmanan was head of the Bureau of Statistics in the Transportation Department. Arthur Lall (1911– ) has been involved in numerous international negotiations, has written extensively on diplomacy and negotiations, including the 1966 book Modern International Negotiator, and has taught at Columbia University. President Bush named Gopal S. Pal a member of the board of regents, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences under the U.S. Defense Department. Arati Prabhakar served as research director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce. Zach Zachariah of Florida was President Bush’s 1992 finance committee chairman in that state, and had the distinction of raising the most funds of any one person in that campaign. Three Asian Indians have won elections as mayors: John Abraham in Teaneck, New Jersey, David Dhillon in El Centro, California; and Bala K. Srinivas in Holliwood Park, Texas.” (End of Excerpt) Go here for the whole article:(http://www.everyculture.com/multi/A-Br/Asian-Indian-Americans.html