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A curious observation on politics in the US April 15, 2017

Posted by fetzthechemist in Uncategorized.

Indian-Americans, either those who directly immigrated from India or their descendants are only about 1% of the US population. Yet, a few years ago there were 2 Indian-American governors (2 out of the 50 states), Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Nikki Haley of South Carolina. That piqued my interest. Both were Republicans in southern states, too.

So over the past 5 years, I have noticed more when an Indian-American is involved in anything political. One is happening now at the University of California at Berkeley. This place is an icon of very liberal view in a very liberal region (the San Francisco Bay Area). There are, of course conservatives at the campus of many tens of thousands of students and faculty. But this week I noticed them more/ Conservative student groups are sponsoring a talk by conservative provocateur Ann Coulter. The leaders of both of the biggest of the sponsoring groups are Indian-Americans.

Does this mean that a majority, if not a preponderance, of Indian-Americans are conservative Republicans? Maybe. The values in Hinduism are conservative by US standards – very traditional family values, male dominated, very aware of caste (although outlawed) and race, and religion. In India, there is a very strong anti-Muslim populance, too.



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