- Biden has appointed at the very least 55 Indian-Americans to key positions
- The appointments have been made within the first 50 days of Biden administration
- Nearly half of them are girls; Most of them are working in White House
Indian-Americans are “taking over the country”, US President Joe Biden mentioned on Thursday, referring to the big variety of “incredible” professionals from the neighborhood holding key positions in his administration.
In lower than 50 days of his presidency, Mr Biden has appointed at the very least 55 Indian-Americans to key management positions in his administration starting from his speech author to the NASA, to nearly each wing of the federal government.
“Indian – of descent – Americans are taking over the country: you Dr Swati Mohan); my Vice President (Kamala Harris); my speech writer, Vinay (Reddy). I tell you what. But thank you. You guys are incredible,” President Biden mentioned throughout a digital interplay with scientists at NASA who have been concerned within the historic touchdown of Perseverance rover on Mars on February 18.
Indian-American scientist Swati Mohan leads the steerage, navigation, and management operations of NASA”s Mars 2020 mission.
Joe Biden, who was sworn in because the 46th president of the United States on January 20, has created historical past by appointing at the very least 55 Indian-Americans to key positions in his administration.
This doesn’t embody Vice President Harris, which is an elected place, and Neera Tanden, who a day earlier withdrew her nomination from the place of Director of White House Office of Management and Budget.
Nearly half of them are girls and a large variety of them are working within the White House. So far, the Obama-Biden administration (2009-2017) has the excellence of appointing the biggest variety of Indian-Americans in any administration, the earlier Donald Trump administration was not lagging far behind because it appointed the primary ever Indian-American with a cupboard rank and contained in the National Security Council.
The Biden administration has for the primary time appointed such numerous Indian-Americans within the first 50 days of his administration. This previous week, Dr. Vivek Murthy testified earlier than a Senate Committee for US Surgeon General and Vanita Gupta is all set to look for her affirmation listening to for Associate Attorney General Department of Justice.
“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 advised PTI.
While the neighborhood is upset that Tanden needed to withdraw her nomination due to stiff opposition from the Republicans, Indian-American girls have reached a brand new peak within the Biden administration. Mr Biden sought to talk with Swati Mohan, Guidance and Controls Operations Lead, Mars 2020. She isn’t a political appointee although.
Indian-American girls appointed by Biden embody Uzra Zeya, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, State Department; Mala Adiga: Policy Director to Dr Jill Biden; Aisha Shah: Partnership Manager, White House Office of Digital Strategy; Sameera Fazili, Deputy Director, US National Economic Council (NEC); Sumona Guha: Senior Director for South Asia on the National Security Council, White House; and Sabrina Singh: Deputy Press Secretary, Vice President White House.
Shanthi Kalathil has been appointed as Coordinator for Democracy and Human Rights, National Security Council, White House; Garima Verma has been named as Digital Director of the Office of the First Lady; Sonia Aggarwal as Senior Advisor for Climate Policy and Innovation; Office of Domestic Climate Policy, White House; Neha Gupta: Associate Counsel, Office of White House Counsel; and Reema Shah as Deputy Associate Counsel, Office of White House Counsel.
Tanya Das has been appointed as Chief of Staff, Office of Science, Department of Energy; Shuchi Talati: Chief of Staff, Office of Fossil Energy, Department of Energy; Mini Timmaraju: Senior adviser to the director, Office of Personnel Management ; Sohini Chatterjee: Senior Policy Advisor US Mission to the United Nations, Aditi Gorur: Policy Advisor, US Mission to the United Nations; and Bhavya Lal is the Acting Chief of Staff, NASA.
Dimple Chaudhary has been appointed as Deputy General Counsel for Nationwide Resource Protection Programs, Environmental Protection Agency; Sharmistha Das is the Deputy General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security; Ruchi Jain is the Deputy Solicitor for General Law, Department of Interior; Meera Joshi is the Acting Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Administration, Department of Transportation; Aruna Kalyanam is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax and Budget, Department of the Treasury.
“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 advised PTI.
Gautam Raghavan, Deputy Director in Office of Presidential Personnel; Bharat Ramamurti, Deputy Director of National Economic Council; Tarun Chhabra, Senior Director for Technology and National Security at National Security Council White House; Vedant Patel, Assistant Press Secretary President on the White House are amongst a number of different Indian-Americans who acquired key posts within the Biden administration.