Indian-Americans Gaining Prominence in the United States

By siliconindia   |   Friday, 10 November 2023, 23:50 IST
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Indian-Americans Gaining Prominence in the United States

Indian-Americans hold a growing and influential role in the US government, particularly under President Biden, fostering collaboration and strengthening the enduring US-India partnership across various sectors.

Indian Americans have significantly contributed to the United States and have become integral to various government sectors during President Joe Biden’s administration. Neera Tanden, the director of the US Domestic Policy Council, emphasized the strong relationship between the Indian-American diaspora and the administration, acknowledging the community’s increasing presence. 

Tanden also underscored the vital role played by Indian Americans in shaping the president's speeches, with Vinay Reddy being responsible for crafting his words.  In a light-hearted comment, she observed that one would have a comical time navigating the White House without coming across an individual of Indian-American descent. This is evidence of the increasing impact and involvement of the Indian-American community in diverse facets of American society.

The Director of the National Science Foundation, Sethuraman Panchanathan, underscored the importance of science and technology in ensuring the strength of democracies, acknowledging the key role these fields played in promoting development in both the United States and India.

Nisha Desai Biswal, the deputy CEO of the US International Development Finance Corporation, highlighted the multifaceted nature of the Indian-US relationship, which extended beyond governmental interactions. She highlighted the engagement of individuals, partnerships among businesses, collaboration within academic institutions, and scientific cooperation. This relationship has been consistently nurtured by the dedicated Indian-American diaspora over several decades.

Biswal also mentioned the Development Finance Corporation’s commitment to financing critical projects related to infrastructure, energy, health, and food security globally, with a special focus on India due to its role as a driver of growth and development. The partnership between the US and India is pivotal in diversifying solar supply chains, advancing vaccine manufacturing, and addressing food security and economic inclusion, particularly for women entrepreneurs.

Dr Vivek Hallegere Murthy, the US surgeon general, highlighted the friendship between India and the United States as a defining partnership of the 21st century. He highlighted the significance of their collaboration in preparing for future pandemics, addressing infectious diseases, combating non-communicable diseases, and focusing on mental health issues.

Dr. Rahul Gupta, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Speaker, stressed the significance of embracing the core values of Mahatma Gandhi, including truth, non-violence (ahimsa), compassion, and kindness in addressing societal challenges.

Indian-Americans have played a substantial role in various sectors of the US government, and their influence has grown significantly during President Biden's administration, as highlighted by Neera Tanden, Director of the United States Domestic Policy Council. This expansion of their presence is attributed to their contributions across different fields, including science and technology, international development, and healthcare, with a strong emphasis on collaboration between the United States and India. The enduring partnership between these two nations is expected to be a defining relationship of the 21st century, addressing global challenges and promoting shared values.