Exclusive People’s Perspective: Two Indian-Derived Politicians Leading Two Most Powerful Countries -Kamala Harris – VP USA & Rishi Sunak – PM UK
The past two years have been great for people of Indian descent. Many global organizations or corporations are led by CEOs of Indian descent and have impacted the business nationally and internationally.
There were Heads of State (President and Prime Minister) from various countries Mauritius, Malaysia, Portugal, Singapore, Suriname, Mauritius, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Fiji, Seychelles and Ireland.
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But 2021 was a watershed moment when America elected its first female Vice President Kamala Harris. She was not only the first female vice president, but the first person of color and “Indian” to achieve it.
In 2022, Rishi Sunak was elected leader of the Conservative Party, which paved the way for him to become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He is Britain’s youngest and first Indian-born Prime Minister.
Both leaders are children of immigrants from India, their parents are highly educated and they have instilled the same in their children.
But Rishi Sunak’s grandparents migrated from Gujranwala, Pakistan before independence.
These two heads of state have an impressive background:
Kamala Harris – Vice President United States
BA (1986 Political Science and Economics) Howard University
Juris Doctor (1989) – Hastings College
California Attorney General from 2011 to 2017
United States Senator – California from 2017 to 2021
His career has been focused on public service.
Rishi Sunak – UK PM
Undergraduate (2001 -Philosophy, Politics and Economics) Winchester College Oxford Oxford
MBA (2006) Stanford University in California as a Fulbright Scholar
Conservative MP for Richmond (Yorks) in October 2015
Chancellor of the Exchequer (2020-22)
He began his career as an investment banker, then he became involved in Hedge Funds.
We spoke with people from India, USA, UK, Canada, Dubai, Singapore and Australia and what they think about the election of Indian origin in the highest office, the impact on India-US-UK relations in business, politics, etc.
Rajesh Jain, MD Interior Profiles, Pune, manufacturer of blinds and window fabrics, said: “This is a proud moment for us, I think it would impact everyone, build relationships and build business between the India and the UK”
Satish Nair, Founder Anshira Ventures, an export and import company based in Bengaluru, said: “This is a proud moment for Indians because Rushi Sunak is of Indian descent and he is also the son-in-law of Bengaluru because he is married to Mr.Naryanmurthy The daughter of sir. This would create a great opportunity for India and the UK to further develop a relationship in terms of business, education and culture”.
Hishamuddin Kazi, Tech Entrepreneur said that “Good news, proud moment. These two heads of state are working for the betterment of their respective countries and strive to foster and further develop economic relations with India. India is now the 5th largest economy – Proud Moment”.
Dr. Prakash Sharma, Pcombinator, Global Startup Ecosystem – Ambassador for the International Startup Ecosystem said that “the US and UK have a very strong startup ecosystem. We hope the Indian startup ecosystem will further flourish with soft landing opportunities and business scaling benefits.”
Yusuf Khan, the founder of Magic Klean Laundry Hyderabad said, “This is awesome, an amazing achievement. I hope it will bring more business and cultural opportunities for the three countries.”
Razia Bint Sheikh Ibrahim, an elderly person said: “We wish them good luck and hope they will do good for everyone. Great news for non-resident Indians and Indians”.
Rajshekar Reddy, IT professional and entrepreneur, said that “Proud Moment!!! I hope it will contribute to more cultural and business exchanges”.
Rajinder Singh Mago, Community and Media Outreach Coordinator, Sikh Religious Society, said: ‘I am understandably delighted and proud that someone of Indian descent like me has reached hitherto unimaginable heights like Kamala Harris as Vice President of the United States of America and Rishi Sunak as Premier. UK Minister. I am delighted that this positively changes the perception of the capacities of Indians abroad”.
Pushpender Singh Gill, Restauranter & Investor said: “Extremely happy to see Indians making their mark across the world”.
Pravin Patel, The motel owner said, “I’m proud, I have good feelings and I’m happy. I hope this will translate into more business opportunities.”
Madhvi Pawar, Homemaker said, “Parents can teach and tell their kids that if you study and work hard, anything is achievable. Proud moment!”
Neetu Jalali, Fashion designer and owner Zafran Coutoure and the chef said, “A proud moment for non-resident Indians and Indians. I live in UK and India and see huge business opportunities between UK and India. These two countries can work together to create sustainable economic development.”
Bhavesh Joshi, an international student said: ‘I hope to see and meet Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. Great news. I hope it improves the economy”.
Mrs. M. Khan, The housewife said that “exciting time. I hope things improve and the economy and prices stabilize.
Mrs Harpreet, Senior Citizen said, “I’m glad he’s from Gujranwala, I’m from Gujranwala too.”
Balbir Singh, Taxi Driver said that “GreatNews! I hope the political situation stabilizes and the economy improves. Best wishes to our PM Rishi Sunak”.
A. Shiraz, The legal and financial consultant said: “Congratulations to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. I hope that the economy and the government stabilize and that we are all focused on improving the socio-economic conditions of our fellow citizens”.
Sanna Sheikh, Property consultant, Dubai said “We had Indian-born CEOs leading global organizations, but running a country is a different game.”
Rakesh Poduval, The director of Express Money, Dubai said that “living in Dubai, I have seen many Indians successful and super successful, but this is truly a proud moment for all Indians”
Zaheer DarbarMusic Producer, India and Qatar said, “I have traveled around the world and always seen Indians working hard and achieving success, but this is totally different from two Indian backgrounds run by the United States and the United Kingdom, two superpowers »
Chirag Kapur, The management consultant said: “We live in an age of seeing the Indian diaspora contributing to the global economy and now two heads of state from the US and UK are of Indian descent. Good news, great feeling.
Dr. Mirza Qudra Baig, Abulhasan Group IT Director and Indian Community Executive Member of Jeddah said, “Fantastic, this is really great news for all Indians and the Indian Diaspora. The Indian Diaspora rules the corporate world and now the US and UK”
Thomas PV, IT professional “It’s good to see other Indians making their mark on the world stage. The next generation can look up to them as role models. I’m proud of their achievements. There are other business leaders Indian state of origin.
Seema Iyer, Ikebana Artist said, “Extremely proud moment for us, we also had Indian-born President of Singapore Late SR Nathan. Wherever Indians are, they have always contributed to their respective communities and countries.”
Dr. A. Khan, The academician said that “Singapore was the first country to elect a President of Indian descent, the late SR Nathan, and showed the world that ethnicity does not matter when it comes to talent. We are very happy to see the Indian-born diaspora running businesses and now two most powerful countries on the plane”.
American Indian Dr. Tausif Malik, is the Founder, Editor and Publisher of TheDesiBuzz.com, GCCStartup.News & StartupBerita.com. He is a social entrepreneur specializing in the startup ecosystem and entrepreneurship.
Dr. Tausif Malik