Indian-American Candidates Rise in 2024 US Election

By siliconindia   |   Sunday, 19 November 2023, 00:12 IST
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Indian-American Candidates Rise in 2024 US Election

The confidence exhibited by these three candidates reflects the growing influence of the Indian diaspora. Their campaigns generate headlines, contributing to the realization of their American dreams.

In the political arena of the United States, a new narrative is taking space that echoes the aspirations and the resilience of the Indian diaspora. In the world of experienced politicians and well-known parties, three people with Indian roots have become strong candidates for the 2024 presidential elections. Their candidacies, fueled by a blend of American ideals and deep-rooted Indian heritage, symbolize the rise of the Indians in American political language.

Initially, the campaigns of individuals such as Nikky Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy have elevated their political profiles, regardless of the electoral outcome. Despite polling significantly behind President Trump, Haley and Ramaswamy highlight the increasing political influence of individuals of American Indian descent.  Furthermore, the Indian diaspora has evolved into a robust and influential community in the  United States and countries such as the UK and Australia. This community has emerged as a powerful lobbying force in both Congress and broader society.

Indian Americans contented themselves with making substantial financial contributions to political parties. However, they have recognized the importance of actively pursuing candidacy to wield political influence. Additionally, individuals such as Kamala Harris, Haley, and Ramaswamy have already established themselves in the political arena.

Certain segments of the Indian Diaspora persist in providing support, financial contributions, and active involvement in American politics. There has been notable attention and pride directed towards the three candidates.

Kamala Harris made history as the first woman Vice President, breaking through the glass ceiling. Haley is recognized for several firsts, including being the first Asian American woman to serve as governor in U.S. history, the first Indian American member of a presidential Cabinet, and the first woman seeking the GOP nomination.

Harris, once aspiring for the top position, has now accepted the role of Biden's running mate. Haley and Ramaswamy enjoy six and five percent support, respectively, with the official candidates from the political parties yet to be announced.

Haley and Ramaswamy aimed to be considered as running mates by Trump and strategically positioned themselves for this possibility. Even if Haley falls short of becoming the first female Republican nominee, this election would still mark a notable first for her as the first election she has ever lost.

The confidence exhibited by Kamala Harris, Nikki Haley, and Vivek Ramaswamy in the upcoming U.S. presidential polls mirrors the narrative of the ascending influence of the Indian diaspora. Despite varying levels of support and distinct political trajectories, these candidates signify a shift in the landscape of American politics. Their participation underscores the increasing prominence of individuals with Indian roots, contributing to a broader story of diversity and representation in the democratic process. The unfolding events of the 2024 election are individual campaigns and a collective testament to the aspirations and impact of the rising Indian diaspora.