After the dream of a black American heading the world’s most powerful nation becoming true, Indian-Americans now hope of one among them getting the top job.
The lone serving Indian-American in the US Congress right now, Dr Ami Bera, on his India visit on Monday acknowledged that more Indian-Americans are now getting involved in US politics and one day he would love to see an Indian-American as a US president.
“Indian Americans are starting to get more engaged in politics. But certainly getting more (Indian-American) people to run is the first step. I think it is only a matter of time before someone starts to run for senate,” Bera told dna on the sidelines of a function here on his first India visit.
Bera said his real legacy would be if he sees some more Indian Americans coming in the US Congress and Senate.
He also said that he would “love to see an Indian American as US President” in his lifetime.
Indian-Americans are one of the most powerful ethnic groups in the US and a whopping majority of them voted for Barack Obama during the election last year.
Bera is the third Indian-American to ever serve in the US Congress and currently is the lone Indian American serving in the US Congress. His parents belong to Gujarat and had migrated to the US in late 50s. Bera was born and raised in California in 1965. He is a physician by profession and at present is representing Sacramento County.
Asked about chief minister Narendra Modi’s developmental work in Gujarat and his growing stature in Indian politics, Bera said “Gujarat has done some wonderful things” and he would continue to “see how this evolves.” He, however, sidestepped question about Modi’s growing role in Indian politics.
Much of Bera’s current two-day visit is focused on expanding the economic relationship.
Meanwhile, on a query related to India’s role in Afghanistan, Bera stressed that India had emerged as a key stabilising force in the region, owing to a range of initiatives pertaining to education, public health and infrastructure in Afghanistan.