Category Archives: Indian-Americans and U.S. Politics Blog

President Barack Obama nominates Indian-American Geeta Pasi as US envoy to Chad!

Geeta PasiOn the 19th of April, 2016, United States President Barack Obama nominated Geeta Pasi, an Indian-American, as the country’s next envoy to Chad. Ms Pasi served as the United States Ambassador to Djibouti from 2011 to 2014, is a career member of the Foreign Service and Class of Minister-Counselor. At present, she serves as the Director of the Office of Career Development and Assignments in the Bureau of Human Resources at the Department of State.

Since joining the Foreign Service in 1988, Geeta Pasi also served at a number of diplomatic positions in Cameroon, Ghana, India and Romania. Pasi received her BA from Duke University and an MA in French Studies from New York University. To add to her wealthy experience, Ms Pasi was also the Director of the Office of East African Affairs in the Bureau of African Affairs from 2009 to 2011, Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Dhaka from 2006 to 2009 and Deputy Principal Officer at the US Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany from 2003 to 2006. She also worked as an institutional financial market researcher in New York.

“I am pleased to announce that these experienced and committed individuals have decided to serve our country. I look forward to working with them,” President Obama said in a statement issued by the White House on April 19. The appointment of Geeta Pasi is another milestone for the Indian-American community to celebrate with pride in their hearts, on the everlasting successes and contributions by these influential figures. USINAPAC congratulates Geeta Pasi on her massive achievement and appointment as US envoy to Chad.

USINPAC congratulates Indian-American Raja Krishnamoorthi for winning the Chicago Democratic nomination

Raja KrishnamoorthiRenowned businessman and legislative genius Raja Krishnamoothi was a front-runner for the 8th Congressional District race, who registered a glorious win in the Democratic Congressional primary in the State of Illinois, defeating the state Senator.

Krishnamoorthi’s victory is an inspiration to all Indian Americans and this historic opportunity represents a chance of a lifetime for the current and future generations. It is a matter of immense pride and the dawn of new shinning hope among all Indian Americans, for another individual of Indian blood to be elected to the US House of Representatives in the November general elections. Krishnamoorthi polled 57 percent of votes defeating his arch rivals – State Senator Mike Noland, who bagged 29 percent and Deb Bullwinkel at 13 percent.

Raja Krishnamoorthi hails from New Delhi, India and graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Princeton University, New Jersey, followed by a degree with honors in Law from Harvard in the year 2000. He served as a policy director and advisor for Barrack Obama’s US Senate campaign in 2004 as well as the Presidential campaign in 2008. He is currently the President of Sivananthan Labs and Episolar Inc that manufacture and sell products in the national security and renewable energy industries. He is also the co-founder of Inspire, a nonprofit organization and has served as the Vice Chairman of Illinois Innovation Council.

USINPAC was honored to host a radio interview with Raja Krishnamoorthi where he spoke about his vision and ideas about the new economy- including strengthening the quality of life of working families, making college affordable, bolstering small businesses, reforming immigration system and improving America’s infrastructure. More importantly, he stressed on pursuing and bringing about changes in economic equality, social security, healthcare and advocating policies to increase minimum wages.

Source:  The New Indian Express

USINPAC Newsletter August 2014

Greetings from USINPAC on India’s 67th Independence day!

Welcome to USINPAC News Bulletin. Read about our latest activities, upcoming events and support USINPAC!

Update on the 2 month long campaign for scheduling the Joint Session address by PM Modi during his US visit
Recently the US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) concluded the grassroots campaign launched two months ago urging Speaker John Boehner to schedule a Joint Session of Congress Address by Prime Minister Modi. The campaign saw 88 members signing up and USINPAC extends its heartfelt thanks to each and every member of Congress – Senate and House – who participated in this bipartisan effort.
To see the full list of members who signed up, click here.
On behalf of Indian American grassroots activists particularly from Ohio, USINPAC appreciates Speaker John A Boehner’s leadership in reaching out to PM Modi. USINPAC looks forward to the US India dialogue in September during Indian PM Modi’s visit to US. Speaker Boehner has issued the attached letter to Prime Minister Modi.
To read the letter from Speaker Boehner, click here.

A Congressional Briefing on US Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Exports to India
Recently, USINPAC organized a Congressional Briefing on US Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exports to India on the Capitol Hill. USINPAC’s LNG initiative was launched in 2013. The LNG Initiative is USINPAC’s project to decisively influence US policy on expediting LNG exports to India and thus help foster a long-term collaboration in LNG trade between the two countries.
Call for Action
Anti-Modi Petition needs to be removed…Quickly!
As India’s new Prime Minister Mr. Modi prepares for his first US trip, an anti- Modi petition replete with no facts and full with false accusations has been filed on the official website of President of the United States. The idea of this anti-India petition is to slander India as a ‘fascist state’ by making false allegations of human rights violations
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For more details, click here.
We urge you to pick up your phone, call your lawmakers and sign the following petition: http://wh.gov/luV42

Upcoming Events
Bi-Weekly USINPAC Leadership Dialogues
This is the only webinar session which has sustained purely on the merit of the innovative discussions and the audience interactions with eminent speakers who week after week join USINPAC to discuss and analyze topics which are trending and are extremely relevant to Indian Americans.
The leadership dialogue sessions have been instrumental to the USINPAC mission of serving as a unified voice of the Indian American community.

The topic for the next dialogue on August 16th is: Quo Vadis India on the 67th anniversary of Independence.
To know more about the dialogues, please visit the following links:

Join the Dialogue
Past Experts
Past Dialogues
Jeanne Shaheen Fundraiser (August 16th)

The only woman in U.S. history to be elected both a Governor and a United States Senator, Jeanne Shaheen has been committed to serving the citizens of New Hampshire and is known for her common-sense leadership, hard work and dedication to improving the lives of the middle class. She has served in the United States Senate since 2009 and is a member of the Senate Committees on Armed Services, Foreign Relations, Appropriations, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. USINPAC has always supported Jeanne and continues to support her.
For more details, click here

Contribute Towards a Better Tomorrow
Call for Volunteers
Your contributions help USINPAC support candidates for political and legislative offices, and fight the issues that concern the Indian-American community. We urge you to consider contributing any amount that you can to make USINPAC strong!

Let your voice be heard: Support USINPAC!

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USINPAC is looking for volunteers to help strengthen the voice of the Indian American community. If you are interested, please write to: volunteer@usinpac.com

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In Support of the Indian American Dream

US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) as a bi-partisan organization has been the voice of Indian Americans for over a decade. They have collectively represented the strength of Indian Americans and the impact of USINPAC’s involvement has often made the difference. USINPAC has always supported deserving Indian American candidates and Congressman Ami Bera is one amongst them.

Talking of Dr. Ami Bera, he became only the third Congressman of Indian-origin in the 226-year history of the US House of Representatives, the other two being Bobby Jindal and Dalip Singh Saund. Son of Indian immigrants from Gujarat, the journey of Indian-American physician Ami Bera began when he was officially elected for the US House of Representatives in 2013. Bera, a representative of the Democratic Party defeated Republican incumbent Dan Lungren by 9,191 votes for the Seventh Congressional District in California. But the real feather in his cap was his appointment to two key congressional committees that would help him play a key role shaping America’s foreign and science policies. It was a great honor for the Indian American community to have one amongst them named to the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Ami-BeraBera has become an example of inspiration for the young generation. His initiative ‘Coffee with your Congressman’ is very popular and during these sessions Ami and his staff spend time to know more about the issues faced by people- be it helping veterans receive backlogged VA benefits, assisting seniors with Social Security and Medicare or maybe help get a stalled passport, Ami tries his best to ensure that no voice goes unheard. During his twenty-year medical career, he has worked day in and day out to improve the availability, quality, and affordability of healthcare. In Congress he uses the skills he learned as a service provider to listen to people and to put their interests first. As an Indian American, he has always been eager to visit India and on his last trip to India – his first since taking office, Bera helped facilitate an agreement between the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the University of California Davis Postharvest Technology Center to collaborate on postharvest technology to reduce food losses due to spoilage. With so much credibility attached to his work, supporting his re election in the upcoming elections is a decision which would provide the Indian American community the required impetus and USINPAC is doing just that by supporting deserving Indian Americans.
Not just Ami Bera, USINPAC has in the past supported various candidates like Latha Mangipudi, Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley, Kamala Harris, Swati Dandekar and many other deserving Indian Americans who have gone on to become success stories in themselves. Not just that, USINPAC has constantly worked on various issues that are important for the Indian American community. Their approach of providing bipartisan support to candidates for federal, state and local office who support the issues that are important to the Indian American community is what differentiates USINPAC. So, it’s your turn now. Join USINPAC! Get involved!

The Rise of Satya Nadella: An Inspiration to Indian-Americans

Ever since Satya Nadella became only the third chief executive of Microsoft, the Indian community in Silicon Valley has been bubbling over with pride and going hoarse cheering over the elevation of an Indian to the top of the fourth-largest company in the world by market capitalization. That his appointment would generate such excitement and frenzy might seem surprising at first. After all, Indians have over the years become a force in Silicon Valley, where about 15% of tech start-ups have Indian founders. Yet Nadella’s appointment is being hailed by Indians as something more. It’s another giant leap forward to have their own running one of the world’s most important companies. And he’ll be stepping into the shoes of Bill Gates, one of the world’s most famous names, to run a company for which Indians have a special affection.
But the most important question to ask is if there is anything to learn from the rise of that man called Satya Nadella?

Satya-Nadella

Let’s face it; Microsoft is full of brainy graduates who are alumnus of India’s premier institutions besides graduates of the best schools of many other countries. Yet, it was Nadella, from a relatively humble Manipal Institute of Technology, who has been chosen to lead Microsoft at a crucial time. Not that his engineering skills were ever in doubt, rather it is his non-engineering talents which have helped him pole vault over droves of other talented nerds.

Tracing his story, young Satya, was an all-rounder at school. He played a lot of cricket, played pranks, loved music, was a champion debater and a good student, but not at the top of his class. But then, technical knowledge has always been his forte – Nadella has made Microsoft pose serious competition to Amazon’s cloud with its cloud platform Azure, ever since he started heading the cloud platform of the Company in 2013. The Azure cloud platform supports the services of Microsoft such as Bing, Xbox live, Office 365 and Windows Azure. Nadella led Microsoft’s server and tools division prior to his stint with cloud and engineering enterprise. So the journey of his life at Microsoft just goes to show that the stereotype of the hardworking Indian American has evolved and they are the ones ushering in a new voice. They are everywhere-as rappers, musicians, sportsmen and politicians. As a group, Indian Americans comprise the wealthiest and most educated single community in the U.S., a position of societal prestige that may last for some time yet — a recent survey found that no ethnic group in the U.S. saves more for their children’s college education than Indian Americans do. So a success story like Satya Nadella is definitely not a bolt from the blue but nevertheless, it is an inspiration.
He truly believes in Microsoft’s power to bring in change – In his first E Mail to the employees he reiterates “for the same reason I think most people join Microsoft – to change the world through technology that empowers people to do amazing things. “Many companies aspire to change the world. But very few have all the elements required: talent, resources and perseverance. Microsoft has proven that it has all three in abundance.”
I would like to end Satya’s story with a quote from Oscar Wilde which truly inspires us to believe that success does not have a religion, nationality or color. “We need to believe in the impossible and remove the improbable”.