US President Joe Biden said on Thursday that Indian-Americans are “taking over the country,” referring to the large number of members of the community who have been appointed to positions in his administration. In less than 50 days, Biden has appointed at least 55 Indian-Americans to key positions in his administration, ranging from his speechwriter to NASA and nearly every branch of government.
“The Indians are gaining control of the country.” Vinay Reddy, Vice President, Swati Mohan, Kamala Harris, Swati Mohan, Kamala Harris, Swati Mohan, Kamala Harris, Kamala Harris “Biden made comments during a virtual meeting with NASA scientists involved in the historic Mars Perseverance landing. NASA’s March 2020 mission guidance, navigation, and control is overseen by Swati Mohan, an Indian-American scientist.
Biden, the 46th President of the United States, has made history by appointing at least 55 Indian-Americans to key positions in his administration. This does not include Vice President Kamala Harris, who is an elected official, or Neera Tanden, who withdrew her nomination for Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget a day earlier.
US President has congratulated NASA team for Perseverance rover's success. Lauding the team, incl Indian-American aerospace engineer Dr Swati Mohan, one of many who spearheaded development & landing system for rover, he said that the Indian-Americans are "taking over the country” pic.twitter.com/yBwAtmfq8z
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Women account for nearly half of them, and many of them work in the White House.The Obama-Biden administration (2009-2017) holds the record for appointing the most Indian-Americans of any administration; however, the previous Donald Trump administration was not far behind, having appointed the first Indian-American to a cabinet position and to the National Security Council.
In the first 50 days of his presidency, Biden’s administration has appointed a record number of Indian-Americans. Dr. Vivek Murthy testified before a Senate Committee for US Surgeon General this week, and Vanita Gupta is scheduled to testify before the Department of Justice’s Associate Attorney General confirmation hearing this week.
While Indian-American women have reached a new high in the Biden administration, they are disappointed that Tanden had to withdraw her nomination due to Republican opposition. Swati Mohan, Mars 2020’s Guidance and Controls Operations Lead, was the person Biden wanted to speak with. However, she is not a politician’s pick.
Tanya Das has been appointed Chief of Staff, Office of Science, Department of Energy; Shuchi Talati: Chief of Staff, Office of Fossil Energy, Department of Energy; Mini Timmaraju: Senior Advisor to the Director, Office of Personnel Management; Sohini Chatterjee: Senior Policy Advisor to the United Nations, Aditi Gorur: Policy Advisor, US Mission to the United Nations; and Bhavya Lal. Dimple Chaudhary has been appointed as the Environmental Protection Agency’s Deputy General Counsel for Nationwide Resource Protection Programs; Sharmistha Das is the Department of Homeland Security’s Deputy General Counsel; Ruchi Jain is the Department of Interior’s Deputy Solicitor for General Law; and Meera Joshi is the Acting Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Administration.
“We are ecstatic that this administration reflects America’s diversity by including an unprecedented number of South Asians.” The appointment of South Asians to key positions in the Biden-Harris administration will undoubtedly inspire a new generation of South Asians to work in government and run for office. “This is a proud moment for our community,” Neha Dewan of South Asians for Biden told PTI.
Gautam Raghavan, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel; Bharat Ramamurti, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council; Tarun Chhabra, Senior Director for Technology and National Security at the White House National Security Council; and Vedant Patel, Assistant Press Secretary President at the White House, are among the Indian-Americans who have been appointed to key positions.