Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley
Tunku Varadrajan holds up a mirror to Indian-Americans
“Most Indian-Americans are an infuriating, thin-skinned bunch, their runaway success in this country notwithstanding. Always on the alert for cultural slights, theirs is a largely mercenary attachment to American society…They are ‘drop in’ immigrants—like those drop-in cricket pitches so popular these days: situated on American soil, but not an organic part of it. “
– Tunku Varadrajan on Indian Americans and their reactions to Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley in Open Magazine
In this piece he writes about the impact of Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley on these discomfited Indian-Americans.
But Indian-Americans, as a whole, do not do dispassion well; and, instead, they have pilloried Jindal on Twitter and other social forums with hashtags such as #JindalIsSoWhite.
Jindal’s Indian-American ‘twin’, on the other hand, is just getting started. Haley, too, has been derided by desi-American- lefties for her political conservatism. There is, among this cohort, the belief that an ‘Indian Republican’ is, by definition, an oxymoron. So if you’re Republican, you’re a race-traitor. Desi- American-Hindus hyperventilate less about Haley than they do about Jindal because she converted to Christianity from her parents’ Sikhism. Had Mr and Mrs Randhawa been Hindu, all hell would have erupted.
For the whole story and to see what gets “Indian-American knickers into a twist”, check out Varadrajan’s piece.