Atlanta, GA. With the backdrop of today's Georgia primary, the former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich praises the grassroots involvement of the Indian-American community in Georgia and throughout the region.

"Today, when Americans are demanding real change from their elected leaders by addressing the many real challenges confronting our country, the Indian-American community is leading the effort by focusing on holding politicians accountable here in Georgia and throughout the South. Indian-Americans continue to make a significant contribution to our society and the community itself has grown dramatically in its political sophistication and involvement, and thus in making its voice heard clearly," says Speaker Gingrich. 

Citing the important role in these developments played nationally and locally by the U.S.-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), the Speaker goes on to say, "Organizations like USINPAC assist in furthering this most basic and important democratic discourse."

The ongoing grassroots political efforts in Georgia have resulted in a political maturity thus allowing Indian-Americans to overcome the problems and hindrances to political action and awareness that previously dominated their community here. By way of example, the overall effectiveness of these efforts is seen in how closely the great majority of the U.S. Congressional delegation from Georgia vote along Indian and Indian-American interests

"The Indian-American community continues to have a growing influence on the policies of this nation," says Tony Patel, a Democratic candidate for District 47 in the Georgia General Assembly. "As physicians, educators, business owners and hardworking citizens, we must exercise our right to vote and have our voices heard on important issues such as educational excellence, affordable health care and responsible government which are to be debated throughout this election." 

Democratic Party of Georgia Chair Jane V. Kidd highlights that Georgia has a great deal of diversity of which Indian-Americans are an increasingly significant part, "Indian-Americans are an important and vibrant part of Georgia's diverse population, and a voice that should be heard by our political leaders."

USINPAC is the political voice of 2.5 million Indian-Americans. USINPAC provides bipartisan support to candidates for federal, state and local office who support the issues that are important to the Indian-American community. For more information, go to www.usinpac.com.



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