US President Joe Biden said on Thursday that Indian-Americans are “taking over the nation,” referring to the significant number of people from the community who have been appointed to positions in his government.
Biden has named at least 55 Indian-Americans to top leadership positions in his administration in less than 50 days, varying from his speechwriter to NASA, and almost every branch of the administration.
“Indian-of-descent Americans (sic) are taking over the country. You (Swati Mohan), my Vice President (Kamala Harris), my speechwriter (Vinay Reddy),” Biden said in a virtual interaction with NASA scientists. These were involved in the historic landing of Perseverance landing at Mars.
Swati Mohan, an Indian-American astronomer, is in charge of NASA’s Mars 2020 mission’s guidance, navigation, and control processes.
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On January 20, Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, making history by naming at least 55 Indian-Americans to key positions in his administration. This excludes Vice President Kamala Harris, who is an elected official, and Neera Tanden, who withdrew her nomination for Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget a day earlier.
Almost half of them seem to be women, and a large number of them serve in the White House. Till now, the Obama-Biden administration (2009-2017) has the honor of naming the most Indian-Americans of any government. However, the previous Donald Trump administration was not too far behind, having named the first-ever Indian-American with a cabinet rank and within the National Security Council.
While the group is saddened that Tanden’s appointment had to be withdrawn due to Republican opposition, Indian-American women have risen to new heights in the Biden government. Biden wanted to talk with Swati Mohan, Mars 2020’s Guidance and Controls Operations Lead. She is not, however, a presidential appointee.
“It is impressive to see how many Indian-Americans were ready to go into public service. There have been so many additions since we launched our Government Leaders list last month on Presidents” Day. I am so proud to see our community is going from strength to strength!,” eminent Indian-American philanthropist and Indiaspora founder M Rangaswami told.
“We are thrilled that this administration reflects the diversity of America by including an unprecedented number of South Asians. The Biden-Harris administration’s inclusion of South Asians in key senior staff roles will undoubtedly inspire countless South Asians to aspire to public service and run for public office. This is a proud moment for our community,” Neha Dewan from South Asians for Biden told.