Friday, June 11, 2010

Jindal and Haley

I was born in India. My family has been Christian for 2 millennia. We, like most people of Indian origin in North America and Western Europe, have fully integrated into our new countries. I think of India as part of the Anglosphere. India has succeeded, where pakistan is utterly failing, because it has retained many of its British traditions like democracy, English, the railways, the structure of the Army and civil service. One day Bobby Jindal will be president and Nikki Haley will be governor of South Carolina.
In the grits use identity politics and have a few Canadians of Indian origin in caucus. Some of them are trying to honour Sikh terrorists. In The Tory party we also have Canadians who are of Indian origin, but they know they are Canadians first and foremost.

I will close with another question: Why has no Indian-American liberal risen as high in the Democratic ranks as Jindal and Haley have done in the GOP? Could it be that because Democrats put more of an emphasis on identity politics, an Indian-American Democrat would have to contend with other ethnic constituencies that might think that it’s “their turn” first? And once you go down the “identity” route, your success as a politician tends to rest more on the weight of numbers—the size of your ethnic constituency, or your racial voting bloc—than on the weight of your ideas. The most striking thing about Jindal and Haley’s success is not that they are Indian-American politicians who have triumphed in conservative Southern states, but that they are conservative Southern politicians who just happen to be Indian American.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The english have proven that similarities bring people together faster than differences do. People that come together can build and promote their health and welfare. That is why multi-culturalism is a bit of a sour whine for me. (real conservative)

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