Bobby Jindal and the Indian American Community

There was a nice article in Sunday’s Washington Post on the various reactions the Indian American community had to Bobby Jindal’s gubernatorial victory. Anyone who has been following the coverage of Jindal’s win on Indian American blogs this week knows that everything from his policy positions to his children’s names (Celia, Shaan, and Slade) has been dissected and discussed. Perhaps not surprisingly, Jindal’s childhood decision to effectively change his name to Bobby from Piyush and his conversion to Roman Catholicism have generated the most passionate responses in the community.

The Times of India visited Jindal’s ancestral village last week. His aunt summed up the feeling of many Indians when she said “By becoming governor, Bobby has done the unthinkable. Who could have imagined an Indian would become the governor of an American state?”


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