“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service to others,” said Mahatma Gandhi. In this and every election cycle, the values of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Mother Teresa are so important—compassion, kindness, and non-violence.
In this 2016 election year, the role of Asian Americans and particular Indian Americans is very important to ensuring that the most considerate politician wins and takes our country forward.
I’m a Hillary Clinton supporter and I want to see her succeed. When Hillary Clinton was asked how the country could confront a new wave of fear, her response was thoughtful and considerate: “We’ve got to do everything we can to weed out hate and plant love and kindness,” she told a crowd of several hundreds in Iowa. In her campaign Clinton has embraced “love and kindness” as a refrain.
In Alabama, she told lawyers that justice means “standing beside love.” In Atlanta, Clinton promised black ministers she’d run on a “love and kindness platform.” And after Trump said he’d block Muslims from entering the country, her campaign quickly churned out a new catch phrase: “Love trumps Hate.”
In January “Hillary for America” announced the launch of its Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) for the Hillary Leadership Council—a group of over 150 elected officials, community, and grassroots leaders to help her campaign engage, energize and organize support in the community. I am part of the AAPI National Leadership Council for Hillary.
My involvement in Hillary’s campaign is an example of Indian American contribution to the fabric of American social and political life. I can participate in the debate about issues that are important to us: the nation’s broken immigration system, accessibility and affordablity to higher education, quality health care at lower cost, support and incentives for businesses …
Hillary Clinton has vowed to reduce the visa backlog and help unauthorized immigrants with deep community ties that “deserve the chance to stay.”
Applicants from the Asia-Pacific region make up about 40 percent of the family visa backlog. Some from the India have been waiting for a visa for 12-14 years. If you’re a U.S. citizen and your brother lives in India, it will take at least 12 -15 years to get a green card for him. Hillary has been strongly fighting for immigration reform.
It is important for Indian Americans and Asian Americans to get politically engaged, energized and involved. The California Primary is on June 7th and Asian American voters in Nevada, Virginia, California, Florida and other states can determine the electoral outcome in those states.
Ajay Jain Bhutoria is an author, speaker and thought leader. Ajay was recognized by the State Senate Majority Leader for promoting Indian culture, building bilateral relationships between the Bay Area and India and for bringing the Indian American community together. You can reach him at[email protected]