Being Indian American today: Kamala Harris as vice president is a huge step forward in our national journey

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A drive for achievement and success is a quintessential Indian-American trait, and I'm delighted to rejoice in Kamala Harris' accomplishment.
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By Krishna Sudhir, Special to CalMatters Dr. Krishna Sudhir is a cardiologist, working as a senior executive in the MedTech industry in Santa Clara, KrishnaSudhirAuthor@gmail.com. For more information visit www.krishnasudhir.com.

As we approach Jan, 20, Inauguration Day for president-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris, it's the perfect time to consider what this means for the Indian diaspora across the U.S.

A drive for achievement and success is a quintessential Indian-American trait, implanted in our brains by parents who preach the benefits of education. While traditionally this was largely in medicine, engineering and related scientific and technical disciplines, it's heartening to observe the next generation of Indian-American kids. They have broken loose in liberal arts and entertainment, and hopefully, are about to burst through in a big way on the political scene.

Many Indian Americans have made their mark after immigrating to this country. We have at least four Nobel Laureates, Hargobind Khurana in medicine (1968), Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar in physics (1983), Venky Ramakrishnan in chemistry (2009) and Abhijit Bannerjee in economics (2019). Several major U.S. corporations, namely Google (Sundar Pichai), Microsoft (Satya Nadella), MasterCard (Ajaypal Singh Banga), IBM (Arvind Krishna), Palo Alto Networks (Nikesh Arora), Adobe (Shantanu Narayen) and Wayfair (Niraj Shah) have Indian American CEOs.

Indian American film and television stars like Mindy Kaling, Aziz Ansari and Hasan Minhaj, and other artists of Indian American heritage have made a name for themselves on the U.S. landscape. Indian American children have…
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