Joe Biden brings in 20 Indian-Americans in administration, 17 at key White House positions. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has either appointed or appointed at least 20 Indian Americans, including 13 women, to key positions in his administration, less than 100 hours before his historic inauguration, a new record in itself for this tiny ethnic minority that makes up one percent of the country’s population.
The strong White House complex will have as many as 17 of them.
The inauguration of January 20, the 59th in all, in which Biden will swear in as the 46th President of the United States is already historical. Having a woman Kamala Harris swear as the country’s vice president for the first time ever. Harris who is also the first Indian-origin and African American ever to swear in as the United States’ vice president. It is also the first time before the inauguration that so many Indian-Americans have been roped into a presidential administration. In his government, Biden is still very far from filling all the vacancies.
Vanita Gupta got Department of Justice Associate Attorney General on Saturday. Biden nominated Uzra Zeya, a former foreign service official, as Under Secretary of State for Civil Protection, Democracy, and Human Rights.
At the very beginning of this administration, the commitment that the Indian-American community saw that public service over the years remembers to a great degree! I am particularly happy that females are the vast majority. As Indiaspora founder M R Rangaswami told PTI, our community has truly arrived to serve the country.
Neera Tanden, who took as director of the Office of Management and Budget. Also, Budget of the White House, and Dr. Vivek Murthy, who has been nominated as the US Surgeon General, are at the top of the list.
Mala Adiga got the policy director of the future First Lady, Dr Jill Biden. Garima Verma got the digital director of the First Lady’s Office. While Sabrina Singh got its deputy press secretary.
Also, two of the Indian-Americans who trace their origins to Kashmir are for the first time ever among the Indian-Americans. Aisha Shah, was designated as partnership manager at the White House Office of Digital Strategy. Sameera Fazili would hold the main role of deputy director in the White House at the US National Economic Council (NEC).
As deputy chief, the White House National Economic Council also has another Indian American, Bharat Ramamurti.
The Deputy Director of the Office of Presidential Personnel is Gautam Raghavan. Who served in the White House in the previous Obama administration, returns to the White House.
Among Biden’s inner circle is his year-old top confidant, Vinay Reddy, who has been appointed as speechwriting director. Young Vedant Patel was all set to occupy a seat behind the briefing room in the White House lower press, as assistant press secretary to the President. He’s only the third Indian American ever to be part of the White House press store.
Three Indian-Americans have made their way to the critical White House National Security Council, leaving a lasting mark on the foreign policy of the country.