Roll Call: Indian American Names Bloom in White House Power Circle

By Nikhila Natarajan, India West |

NEW YORK – Kamala Devi Harris, Vivek Murthy, Gautam Raghavan, Mala Adiga, Vinay Reddy, Bharat Ramamurti, Neera Tanden, Celine Gounder, and Atul Gawande are some of the Indian American names that are blooming more now than at any other time in the innermost circles of the White House and that, too, within weeks after the #MyNameIs blowback to the Republicans' mangling of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' first name during the 2020 campaign.

To date, nearly two dozen Indian Americans have been appointed or nominated to high powered positions on the Biden-Harris A-team.

Kamala is one of the 108 names of Goddess Lakshmi, bestower of wealth, prosperity and fortune in Indian Hindu culture.

In a recent conversation with IANS, political science professor and founder of AAPI Data Karthick Ramakrishnan pointed to the "very particular Tamil Brahmin experience" that Kamala Harris emerges from.

"But what was interesting was that she was not trying to pander, to speak about some kind of generic Indian American or South Asian American experience. She was talking about her relationship with her mother, and our ancestors, relatives in India. And I think that came off as very authentic for a lot of people."

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