Indian-Americans say Haley’s achievement makes them proud

As Reported by The Times of Inida
Describing the swearing in of Nikki Haley as Governor of South Carolina as a “proud” moment for Indian-Americans, eminent members of the community have expressed hope that she would serve as an inspiration for younger generation to join the political mainstream of the US.

“Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina made all Indian-Americans proud. She is an inspiration and a role model to all women in the US and India. Governor Haley is the new face and a positive message of the conservative Republican Party,” said Puneet Ahluwalia, who is from Republican Party of Virginia.

It was heartening to read her wonderful speech where she invoked her heritage, her ancestry, her parents and upbringing right from the start that how proud she is to be of Indian heritage, Sampat Shivangi, who is from Mississippi and a past delegate of the Republican National Conventions, said. “Sometimes few of us would hesitate to associate.”

Bindu Kansupada, a cardiologist, travelled all the way from Philadelphia to attend the ceremony, which he termed as a momentous occasion for the Indian-American community.

“It is a great moment not only for South Carolina, but also for entire India. This is a monumental achievement for our diaspora. She talked about India in her inaugural speech – what family values mean, what upbringing means by Indian parents in a conservative State,” Kansupada said.

Besides attending the inauguration yesterday, most of the Indian-Americans, who travelled to South Carolina, took part in the inaugural gala later in the night and an appreciation event hosted by the local community.

Indian-Americans from as far as California, New Jersey, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Texas attended the day-long function, that ended with a gala in the night, said Jody Venkatesan, national treasurer, Republican Indian Committee. “It is a proud moment for every Indian Americans,” he said.

South Carolina’s “first female governor happens to be an Indian-American woman,” noted Bapinidu Kuchipudu, Chairman of the New Jersey Chapter of the Republican Indian Committee, who along with several Indian-Americans travelled from New Jersey to attend the historic occasion.

“We are very proud to be here. This would give inspiration to the second generation Indian-Americans to be more active politically. Nikki Haley’s election gives a lot of message to the Indian-Americans across the country, particularly younger generation born and raised here,” he said.

Shivangi said Indian-Americans have come a long way and “we have two Governors (Haely and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana) both in southern part of US which says lot that Indian- Americans have made tremendous stride in occupying the highest offices…. We still are looking for someone to get elected into US Congress and US senate and I do not see the days are too far.”

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