Washington, DC: Indian Americans actively participated at the 4-day Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio The national platform adopted by the GOP at the convention describes India as a “geopolitical ally and a strategic trading partner” and singles out Indian Americans for praise – “Republicans note with pride the contributions to our country that are made by our fellow citizens of Indian ancestry.” The relationship with Pakistan is described as a “working relationship that is necessary, though sometimes difficult.” “A Republican administration will work towards securing the nuclear arsenal of Pakistan, echoing a concern that has guided the Obama administration’s South Asia policy.”
At a reception organized for the Indian ambassador, Dr. Sampat Shivangi, an eminent Republican from Mississippi, remarked that the India US relationship has a bipartisan support and it would deepen further if the Republican party is voted to power to the White House this November.
The Indian Ambassador Mr. Arun K. Singh alluding to the number of meetings he had with the top leadership of the Republican Party, lauded the people-to-people contact as a key dimension of the bilateral relationship stressing that the Indian-American community has an important role to play in strengthening Indo-US ties.
RNC Committeewoman-elect from California Harmeet Dhillon invoked an ‘ardas’ a Sikh prayer, a first for either party’s national convention. At the roll call, as state after state formally recorded their votes for the Presidential nominee, Subba R. Kolla, a Loudoun County businessman announced Virginia's votes. In the words of the Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Whitbeck, Kolla represents the ‘new Virginia.’
Shalabh Kumar, an Indian-American industrialist, after a meeting with Donald Trump came away impressed. USINPAC Indiana Chair, Raju Chinthala also attended the convention along with Indian American leaders.
Sanjay Puri, Chairman of USINPAC encourages all Indian Americans to actively participate in the electoral process adding “We must campaign for the party we believe in and elect the best person for the President of the United States. It is our duty and our privilege.”
The US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) is the voice of over 3.2 million Indian- Americans and works on issues that concern the community. It supports candidates for local, state and federal office and encourages political participation by the Indian- American community. Visit www.usinpac.com for more details.