Women leaders are ever omnipresent! Be it in sports or music or literature or the legislature, women have made their contribution significant in any domain possible. And this time, they surpassed all the cultural and political barriers and boundaries and are challenging none other than the POTUS.
Yes, that’s right! Two women with strong desi ties, California Senator Kamala Harris and Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard have just filed for their candidature in the 2020 Presidential Election. It’s a jackpot for the Indian American community, which for quite some time had its sights fixed on increasing the number of candidates in Congress. They have also seen progress, though slow progress, in their lookout with 4 candidates in the House and 1 in the Senate but being suddenly hit with the prospect of one of their own actually becoming the most powerful politician of the world is just the pick of the bunch.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 21, 2019
Thinking of my mother today. She was smart, fierce, and my first campaign staffer — and I dearly wish she was here with us for this moment. Her spirit still drives me to fight for our values. pic.twitter.com/pf0lFrvoWI
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 22, 2019
Senator Kamala Harris, whose mother is from India and father from West Indies, is one of the strongest Democrats in a rocketing list of candidates for the presidential nomination. If elected, the Indian-American would be the first woman and the first person of Asian heritage to serve as the American president. The connection of the presidential election with India doesn’t end there. The first practicing Hindu in Congress also announced her candidacy and could end up vying with Harris. Tulsi Gabbard has already been endorsed by a few Indian-American biased groups, who are palpably delighted by the prospect of a Hindu getting pole position in the US Elections. And BTW, she loves idlis. And sambar.
We are being torn apart, with divisions that seem too deep to heal. But when we are united in the spirit of love, there is no challenge we cannot overcome. Join me in building a movement for peace to create a bright future for all. https://t.co/NmMa4BpqOW pic.twitter.com/PGd9FHUxwS
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) January 24, 2019
It’s not just Harris and Gabbard who tied a string between these two economies. Mysore-born Gita Gopinath is the chief economist at the International Monetary Fund. She is not only the first Asian to occupy IMF’s top post but also the first woman. Whereas Mona Das, originally from Bihar, has been elected to the Washington State Senate in a maiden electoral bid.
And how can we talk about Indian origin women exercising topmost power in one of the world’s most powerful country without mentioning Nikki Haley? A Sikhni, who was born Nimrata Randhawa was the US Ambassador to the UN and is undoubtedly one of the most admired women of the world.