US politics is witnessing a surge of Indian Americans in 2017-18. The population of Indian Migrants in the US was reported to be 2.4 million in 2015. It is as per the statistics of the Migration Policy Institute the Washington think tank. They are the 2nd biggest immigrant group in the US next only to Mexicans. It is around 6 percent of the total 43.3 million populations in the US-born overseas.
In spite of being renowned for direction in business, technology, and education, Indian Americans always remained a low profile in US Politics. But things are shifting now. All-time high 60 candidates from the Indian American community are contesting local and federal offices in 2018. This includes twenty-first-time candidates for the Congress, as quoted by the Economic Times.
Kamala Harris, Pramila Jayapal, Raja Krishnamoorthi, and Ro Khanna were selected to the US Congress in 2016 November. Ami Bera was elected again. It is all time highest number of voted representatives in the US administration from Indian origin.
20 Indo Americans were elected in 2017 November and in 2018 by now 60 aspirants have declared their strategy to contest elections. Indian-American Impact project Co-founder and Entrepreneur Raj Goyle said that Indian American society members have begun to contest US elections. This is at diverse levels although enhanced political ripeness is needed, he added. The community needs support and motivation to raise funds and identify the correct candidates, said Goyle.
Indian-American Impact is an initiative devoted to training, development, and political leadership for members of the community who contest public offices. The elections in 2017 were closely watched and its effect is reaching several Indo Americans who plan to contest the ballot vote in 2018.
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