130 Indian-Americans appointed to key positions in President Biden’s administration : The Tribune India
Washington, September 15
US President Joe Biden has appointed 130 American Indians to key positions in his administration so far, a senior White House official said, the best representation of the community which makes up about 1% of the US population.
Representing the Biden administration at an event to celebrate ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsava’ at the United States Capitol, Raj Panjabi, who is currently Senior Director of Global Health Security and Biodefense at the House National Security Council Blanche, read a list of top American Indians in the US government.
Panjabi said US President Biden has appointed 130 American Indians to his administration.
“It’s something we can be proud of,” he said in his speech to American Indians.
No less than 75 Indo-American organizations have come together to observe the historic milestone of India’s journey after 1947. Some of these organizations include US India Relationship Council, Sewa International, Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, GOPIO Silicon Valley, US India Friendship Council and Sardar Patel Fund for Sanatan Sanskruti.
The theme for Wednesday’s celebration was “Stronger Together: U.S.-India Partnership.” “I am proud to be part of an administration that is committed to diversity and building a government with leaders who look like and represent America,” Panjabi said.
President Biden, in his Independence Day message this year, noted that as people around the world, including nearly four million American Indians, celebrated the 75th anniversary of the independence of India on August 15, the United States joined the people of India in honoring their democratic journey guided by Mahatma Gandhi’s enduring message of truth and nonviolence, Panjabi said.
“He said that India and the United States are indispensable partners and that the strategic partnership between the United States and India is based on our shared commitment to the rule of law and the promotion of freedom and of human dignity,” Panjabi said.
“In India, as in America, dreams of freedom and dignity could have been shattered. But today, through the efforts of those who fought for freedom, America’s dream and India’s dream are alive. It remains alive in our work together, as President Biden said to continue to promote freedom and dignity and it remains alive, I believe in each of you, ”he added.
Ajay Jain Bhutoria, a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, said, “Relations between India and the United States have deepened in recent years. According to the list prepared by Indiaspora, more than 40 American Indians have been elected to various positions across the country. Four are in the House of Representatives – Dr Ami Bera, Ro Khanna, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Pramila Jayapal. This includes four mayors.
Led by Indo-Americans Sunder Pichai of Google and Satya Nadella of Microsoft, there are more than two dozen Indo-Americans at the helm of American companies. Among others, Shantanu Narayen from Adobe, Vivek Lall from General Atomics, Punit Renjen from Deloitte and Raj Subramaniam from FedEx.