There are a record number of Indian-Americans in the Biden administration—more than 130
More than 130 Indian-Americans have been nominated by US President Joe Biden to important posts in his administration so far, providing the community—which makes up around 1% of the country's population—with the best representation.
In doing so, he has broken the records of his predecessor Donald Trump, who appointed more than 80 Indian-Americans, and his predecessor Barack Obama, who appointed more than 60 Indian-Americans to important positions during his eight years in office. He has also fulfilled a promise he made to the community when he ran for president in 2020.
At various state and federal levels, including four in the US House of Representatives, more than 40 Indian-Americans have won elections. Not to be overlooked are the over 20 Indian-Americans.
While Ronald Regan made the first presidential appointment, this time around, Vice President Biden has named Indian-Americans to nearly every department and agency of his administration.
According to Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur, philanthropist, and venture capitalist M R Rangaswami, "Indian-Americans have been infused with the spirit of seva (service), and this is shown in their zeal to pursue jobs in the public service instead of the private sector."
Rangaswami remarked, "Needless to say, we are proud of our employees and their accomplishments for the United States. The Biden administration has now appointed or nominated the largest group to date. Indiaspora, a global association for leaders of Indian descent with a US base, was founded and is led by Rangaswami. Indian-origin leaders are monitored by Indiaspora.
Since his time as a senator, Biden has maintained a tight connection with the Indian community and frequently makes light of it. By choosing Indian-born Kamala Harris as his running mate in 2020, he made history.
There would only be a small number of meetings held at the White House or in Vice President Biden's Oval Office, according to Indiaspora's list of Indian-Americans in the administration.
Vinay Reddy is his speechwriter, Dr. Ashish Jha is his primary COVID-19 advisor, Sonia Aggarwal is his climate policy advisor, Chiraag Bains is his special assistant for criminal justice, Kiran Ahuja oversees the Office of Personnel Management, Neera Tanden is his senior advisor, and Rahul Gupta is his drug czar.
In honour of Independence Day last week, India's ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, hosted a reception at India House where nearly all of the major US government departments were represented by Indian-Americans from his administration.
Young Vedant Patel is currently the Department of State's deputy spokesperson, and Garima Verma is the first lady's office's digital director. Additionally, Biden has proposed a number of Indian-Americans for important ambassadorial positions.
More than 40 Indian-Americans have been elected to a variety of offices around the nation, according to the list compiled by Indiaspora. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Ro Khanna, Pramila Jayapal, and Dr. Ami Bera are the four members of the House of Representatives. There are four mayors in all.
Over twenty Indian-American executives are in charge of US businesses, led by Sunder Pichai of Google and Satya Nadella of Microsoft. Among others are Raj Subramaniam of FedEx, Punit Renjen of Deloitte, Vivek Lall of General Atomics, and Shantanu Narayen of Adobe.