Party shines spotlight on rising stars including Indian Americans
Washington, DC: The 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia made history by nominating Hillary R. Clinton, a woman as the Presidential nominee for the first time by a major political party. In a 4-day emotionally charged celebration democrats paraded retired generals, first responders, parents of fallen soldiers, billionaires and rising political stars. The goal was to bring under its campaign, disappointed supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders and disaffected Republicans, with the slogan ‘Stronger together.’
The convention also saw several Indian Americans step into the limelight including Raja Krishnamoorthi, who is running for Congress from Illinois, introduced as a "New Leader of Tomorrow."
The only Indian American in Congress today, Ami Bera of California, was presented as a leader reflecting the diversity of the Democratic Party in Congress. On stage, Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, extolled the leadership and experience of Presidential nominee Clinton, declaring, "Hillary will always have our backing." Indian American millennials too made their presence felt, as Sruthi Palaniappan, all of 18 years introduced the Iowa state delegation, while announcing its votes. 29 year old Neil Makhija, explained that he is running for Pennsylvania State Legislature because issues such as education, that directly affect people are decided at the state and local levels. The convention also saw Indian American volunteers like Samai Kindra from Maryland, who took a year off after high school to work as an intern with the state Democratic Party, mobilizing people to register to vote.
Sanjay Puri, Chairman US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) weighed in, “The Conventions are now over. Now is the time for mobilization, reaching out and registering Indian Americans to vote and be part of this most historical election.”
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.