Indian-Americans In Spotlight During Democratic Convention

Friday, 29 July 2016, 11:15 Hrs
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PHILADELPHIA: The growing clout of Indian-Americans in US politics came to spotlight as three leaders from the community took the centre stage at the ongoing Democratic National Convention that anointed Hillary Clinton as party's presidential nominee. 

Neera Tanden, 45, in her political debut at the national stage of the Democratic party, made a strong case for Clinton as the next president of the US.

Tanden is currently president of the Center for American Progress, a progressive public policy research and advocacy organisation based in Washington DC. 

For Clinton, politics is all about fighting for people, not when the cameras are on, but when they are off, Tanden said as she narrated her personal story at the four-day convention. 

"It's truly an honour for me to address this convention. Because frankly, I would not be here without the policies of the democratic party," said Tanden, a close confidant of Clinton. 

Tanden is speculated as a potential cabinet appointee in Clinton's administration. 

Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera in his brief appearance said, "As the only South Asian member of Congress, as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, I support Hillary Clinton because she is the only candidate that understands the complexity of the world and is prepared from day one to lead America." 

Indian-American Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democratic Congressional candidate from Illinois, has been introduced as one of the party's emerging leaders during the Convention. 

Krishnamoorthi, 42, is among only two Congressional candidates to have been invited on to the DNC stage here as the party's rising star or emerging leader.

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Source: PTI