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NRIs in NY thrilled with Jindal's win

The NRI community believes his win highlights how well Indians have assimilated into the American society.

india Updated: Oct 25, 2007 00:37 IST

The Indian-American community of Long Island are ecstatic about Bobby Jindal's landmark win as the Louisiana governor and becoming the first-ever politician of Indian descent to become governor of any of the US states.

Mayor Harvinder 'Harry' Anand, who in June became Long Island's first elected Indian-origin mayor, said Jindal's win highlights the fact that Indians are now assimilating more effectively into American society and politics, News Day reported.

"I'm absolutely delighted to hear that, I think he's a person with a lot of capabilities to serve his community," said Anand.

Anand said both men received heavy support from communities where the Indian population is very small.

"One of the things his election highlights is how Indian-Americans are respected for their talents and skills and how they can assimilate in this society," Anand said.

Jindal, 36, the son of Indian immigrants from Maler Kotla, a small town in Sangrur district of Punjab, won 444,550 votes or 53 per cent. He will be the country's youngest governor in office when he takes over in January.

Kulwant Wadhwa, owner of the Curry Club restaurant, said that he was thrilled by Jindal's win and that many of his customers discussed the news.

"We are glad he was elected and I think it's going to be good," said Wadhwa. "Most of the people like the fact that he's from the community, he is well known."

"There is absolute jubilation and it reflects the community here and back home, this is terrific," said Harsh Bhasin, a visiting professor of International Relations at Stony Brook University. "Everyone's been watching this very carefully."

First Published: Oct 25, 2007 00:06 IST