In the ever-evolving landscape of global politics, a remarkable trend has emerged that is reshaping the course of nations and their leadership. More than ever before, leaders of Indian heritage are leaving an indelible mark on the political sphere across the world.
According to the prestigious 2021 Indiaspora Government Leaders List, over 200 individuals with Indian roots have ascended to the highest echelons of public service in 15 countries, transcending geographical boundaries and ethnic diversity.
Tharman Shanmugaratnam: A Triumph in Singapore
The recent victory of Tharman Shanmugaratnam in Singapore’s presidential election serves as a poignant example of this trend. At the age of 66, Shanmugaratnam secured an impressive 70.4% of the votes, showcasing his widespread popularity and unwavering support from the citizens of Singapore.
As Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong rightly noted, “Singaporeans have chosen Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam to be our next president by a decisive margin.” This victory not only marks a personal achievement but also underscores the growing influence of individuals of Indian descent on the global political stage.
Kamala Harris: Breaking Barriers in the United States
The United States, a nation known for its diverse tapestry, witnessed a historic moment with the ascent of Kamala Harris. She not only became the first woman to hold the office of Vice President but also shattered barriers as the first person of color to do so.
Harris’s journey to this historic position was marked by her service as a senator for California from 2017 to 2021. Her Indian and Jamaican heritage resonated with many, symbolizing the multicultural essence of the United States.
The Rising Wave of Indian-American Representation
In the crucial midterm elections of November, a record-breaking achievement unfolded as five Indian-American lawmakers from the ruling Democrat Party were elected to the US House of Representatives.
Raja Krishnamoorthi, Ro Khanna, Pramila Jayapal, Ami Bera, and Shri Thanedar not only secured their seats but also strengthened the voice of the Indian-American community in shaping American policies and legislations.
Harmeet Dhillon: A Force in California Politics
Further west, in California, the political landscape witnessed the presence of Harmeet Dhillon, a prominent figure who recently contested the election for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee (RNC).
Her active involvement underscores the influence of Indian-Americans in both major political parties in the United States.
The Path Forward: A Vision for Change
As we look ahead, it becomes increasingly evident that individuals of Indian heritage are not merely participants in the political arena; they are catalysts for change.
The Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) is a testament to this commitment to effect change. By switching to election mode and announcing discussions on seat-sharing arrangements, key panels, and a public campaign, INDIA aims to regain political momentum.
The declaration of a special session of Parliament in the third week of September has sparked intense speculation about legislative moves, including simultaneous state and national elections and women’s reservation, among other significant announcements.
Overcoming Challenges: A Collective Endeavor
However, it is essential to acknowledge that the path ahead is not without challenges. The 28-party bloc that constitutes INDIA faces thorny issues, including the absence of a convener and the unveiling of a logo.
These issues have sparked concerns among key constituents. The departure of Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee from a meeting, although attributed to scheduling issues, has raised speculation about internal dynamics within the bloc.
A Vision Unveiled: Addressing Key Issues
Despite these challenges, the election campaign’s potential kickoff from Rajghat on October 2, Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, holds promise. This symbolic starting point underscores a commitment to Gandhian values and principles, emphasizing issues such as unemployment, price rise, and Centre-state relations.
The announcement of a plan on alternative policies demonstrates a forward-looking approach aimed at addressing the nation’s most pressing concerns.
In conclusion, the influence of Indian-origin leaders on the global political stage is undeniable and growing. Their achievements in Singapore, the United States, and beyond serve as a testament to their dedication and competence.
As we navigate the complex and ever-changing landscape of politics, these leaders are not just shaping policies; they are shaping the world itself, embodying the spirit of unity in diversity and collective progress.