US elections: ‘Indian Americans must realize what’s at stake’


Three stalwart Indian Americans, Nisha Biswal, Sonal Shah and Anand Shah, featured in a September 19 event organized by the Indians for Biden National Council, titled Elections 2020.

The event focused on Indian-American community’s contribution in various fields and their vital role in the coming United States elections.

The three community stalwarts — former assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian sffairs Nisha Desai Biswal, Biden Unity Task Force economic policy advisor Sonal R Shah and entrepreneur Anand R Shah — emphasized the Indian-American community’s rising voice and how it has made a strong mark in the United States economy as well as in politics within a span of less than two decades.

Now it was time to ensure that their vote did count in November election,” said Biswal, who served in nthe Obama administration. .

She spoke about what was at stake for Indian Americans this election and asked the community to use their vote and their voice.

Anand Shah asked the community to come forward and provide whatever support they could.

Sonal Shah said the Indian community could have hopes from a Biden-Harris administration as both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were for the immigrants and people of diverse ethnicity.

The Council has been trying to mobilize Indian Americans of diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds to work to get the Biden-Harris ticket and other Democrats elected across the country.

The Council, according to Biswal, hoped to aim at promoting and highlighting the close ties between the Democratic 2020 presidential ticket and the Indian-American community.

Biswal said that Joe Biden’s experience and knowhow, along with Harris’s unrelenting grit and passion for fighting for justice, was needed in the country in these unprecedented times.

Sonal Shah too felt that it was great for the country to have recognized Senator Harris’s contribution, and the opportunity it presented to further cement the Indian-American community’s support for the Democratic Party.

The speakers iterated that it was critical for Indian Americans and other South Asians to understand what was at stake in the coming election, especially with early voting beginning in just a few weeks.

The Council will be promoting and highlighting the close ties between the 2020 Democratic ticket and the Indian-American community.

The Indians for Biden National Council was launched August 15, India’s Independence day, by South Asians for Biden, a “national, grassroots umbrella organization.”

Sanjeev Joshipura, who was named a director for the Council, said they would be working to educate community members about Biden’s long history of supporting India and the Indian-American community, “as well as educating voters of Senator Harris’s illustrious career in public service, and highlighting Harris’s Indian heritage.”

Joshipur added: “It’s up to us to educate and mobilize the community because the Indian-American community’s future hinges upon this election.”

The event quoted Harris, who in her address to the Indian-American community had reflected on her proud Indian heritage and recalled how her mother always wanted to instill in her a “love for good idli,” and her “long walks” in Madras (now Chennai) with her grandfather who would often talked about the heroes responsible for the birth of the world’s largest democracy.

Some other speakers, including Neha Dewan, national director of South Asians for Biden, had noted that it was critical for Indian Americans and other South Asians to understand what is at stake this election.


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