I hope more Indian Americans will come after me: Jindal

Published on Nov 19, 2004 09:32 PM IST

Republican Bobby Jindal says his success reflects the strength of America and the opportunities it provides for immigrants.

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PTI | ByVasantha Arora (IANS), Washington

Republican candidate Bobby Jindal, who made history Nov 2 by becoming the first Indian American to be elected to the US Congress in nearly 50 years, has said he hopes to further solidify US-India relations.

In an exclusive interview on Thursday to the Voice of America (VOA), Jindal said: "I absolutely think it makes sense for America and India to improve and strengthen their relationship."

Jindal also said that his success reflected the absolute strength of America and the opportunities it provides for immigrants.

On US-India relations. Jindal said: "We are talking about two large democracies with open markets. You are talking about India being a natural ally in the war against international terrorism, a great example in South Asia that serves as an example for peaceful regimes. So I think the opportunities for the two countries to work together are wonderful."

"I intend certainly, I encourage this administration or any president, to make a visit to India to continue to build our relationship. I think it is very important whether the administration is Democrat or Republican. I think the two countries share many common interests."

Describing America, Jindal said: "This is a country of opportunities where people are judged on their ability and their performance. I think that is very important. What makes the American system so successful is the fact that immigrants and their children born here can get ahead, can do very well, just do hard work."

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