Indo-Americans most inspiring Diaspora: Blake
Date: Monday , January 02, 2012
With more than three million in numbers, Indian Americans are not only the most inspiring diasporas in the U.S. but their unmatched activism has made sure their political influence too has grown tremendously, a senior Obama administration has said. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Robert Blake, said in his keynote address to the Washington DC annual gala of the American India Foundation (AIF) that Indians were today seen at every public platform, be it politics, academics or business. Founded in 2001 AIF is the leading developmental organization focused on helping Indians. Bill Clinton the then president of U.S. serves as its honorary chair.
Blake, who had earlier served in India and Sri Lanka, and now is the U.S. government's pointsman for South and Central Asia said his experiences in India and elsewhere in South Asia taught him that there are tremendous opportunities for the U.S. to work more closely with the Diaspora to try to leverage their talent and resources.
“One of the first things I did as Assistant Secretary was to hire a new senior advisor position in the South and Central Asian Affairs Bureau to focus on engaging with the Diaspora and other external groups," Blake said.