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Indian-Americans Role in US Government is “profound”, have Contributed Immensely to Art and Culture, says US lawmaker

Congressman David Schweikert has praised Indian-Americans for their contribution in enriching art and culture in USA

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  • US lawmaker David Schweikert has praised Indian community for its contribution to the nation
  • The statement was made ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s meet with Indian Diaspora in the city
  • Many Indian-Americans have secured influential positions in US government

Washington, June 25, 2017: US lawmaker and Congressman David Schweikert has said that Indian-Americans have contributed immensely to art and culture in the USA and that their role in US government is “profound”. This was said by the top lawmaker ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s interaction with Indian Diaspora in the area as a part of his 3-day tour of USA.

“There is much to celebrate in our country’s relationship with India, the world’s largest democracy, and in the enormous contributions that Indian-Americans make in our country. The role of Indian-Americans in government is profound.”, said Schweikert.

There are about four million Indian-Americans in the USA, stated the reports of the Census Bureau.

The Congressional Research Service has further stated that the annual bilateral trade between the two nations is expected to reach USD 500 billion by 2024, a five-fold increase since 2013, adding a further significance to India-US relations.

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Schweikert said in the House of Representatives, “In 2010 Pew Research Centre, a non-partisan think tank, reported that more than 87 percent of adult Indian-Americans were foreign-born and they were highly educated and successful.” He further praised the community by giving several narrations of the community’s success in the country.

In the recent past, many Indian-Americans secured influential posts in the US government. Nikki Haley who was earlier the Governor of South Carolina, was appointed the ambassador to the UN.  Seema Verma was named administrator of the Centre for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

Ajit Pai was made the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Four Indian Americans took their seats in the House of Representatives and one in the Senate; and many more serve in state legislatures, local governments, the judicial branch and beyond.

The Congressman further stated, “Indian-Americans have deeply enriched our nation’s arts and culture, and the Indian media in the US is surging to meet demand. Cable, satellite and radio offer a growing array of Hindu and Indian content. Politically and militarily, our two countries are united in a commitment to fight terrorism and promote world peace.”

– prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram. Twitter: @NikitaTayal6 

 

 

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Gurbir S Grewal nominated to be the next attorney general of New Jersey, US

Gurbir S Grewal has been nominated to be the next attorney general of US and would be the first Sikh to assume the top state law enforcement position in United States

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  • Gurbir S Grewal is nominated to be the next attorney general of New Jersey, US
  • He would be the first Sikh to assume the top state law enforcement position

In a historic first, a distinguished Sikh public prosecutor “who has experienced hate and intolerance first-hand” has been nominated to be the next attorney general of the US state of New Jersey.

If Gurbir S. Grewal’s nomination by Democrat Governor-elect Phil Murphy is approved by the State Senate early next year, he will be the first Sikh to assume the top state law enforcement position in the United States and the second Indian-American, after Kamala Harris, who held the position in California before her election to the US Senate.

Announcing the nomination in the state capital, Trenton, on Tuesday, Murphy said: “In light of all that is being thrown at us by the president, we need an attorney general unafraid to join our fellow states in using the law to protect all New Jersey residents.”

Grewal, 44, is the prosecutor of Bergen County, an important district across the river from New York city. He was appointed to by the current Republican Governor Chris Christie and that is likely to mute any opposition the senate.

Symbolic of the public acceptance of minorities despite scattered incidents of bigotry, two Sikhs were elected mayors last month, Ravi Bhalla in Hoboken, New Jersey, and Preet Didbal in Yuba City, California.

Vin Gopal, who became the first Indian-American to be elected to the New Jersey State Senate last month, said that Grewal is someone “not only eminently qualified, but who will bring a perspective to the office that is diverse and long-overdue.”

After Murphy made the announcement, Grewal said: “I wanted to give back to a country that has given us and other immigrant families like us so much.”

Turning to his three daughters, Kyrpa, Mayher and Mahek, who were with him, he said: “As someone who has experienced hate and intolerance first-hand throughout my life, I wanted to work to ensure we all live in and that the three of you grow up in a fair and just society.”

Grewal added: “I wanted to perhaps also show people that while I and others like me may look different or worship differently, that we, too, are committed to this country.”

Hailing Grewal’s nomination, Rajwant Singh, the co-founder of the National Sikh Campaign, said: “These are exactly the kind of role models our youngsters need to feel proud of being a Sikh and an American.”

“While America could be seen having a very polarized situation politically and yet there are some very shining moments to show that people of all backgrounds can aspire for top positions,” he added.

South Asian Bar Association President Rishi Bagga, said: “The decision to appoint a visible minority as the chief law enforcement officer for New Jersey reflects the diversity of the state and of the US, and is especially important in a time where minorities and immigrants have often felt targeted by law enforcement.”

Attorney General is a very powerful position New Jersey heading the Department of Law and Public Safety, which includes the state police.

Grewal has earlier served as an assistant federal prosecutor in New York and in New Jersey, where he was also the chief of the Economic Crimes Unit.

In the administration of former President Barack Obama, Indian Americans have held senior law positions. Neal Kumar Katyal was an Acting Solicitor General.

Sri Srinivasan, now a federal appeals court judge in Washington, did a stint as the Principal Deputy Solicitor General.

Vanita Gupta was the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and headed the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

US President Donald Trump has appointed Uttam Dhillon to be his special assistant and associate counsel. (IANS)