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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Truth about Bobby Jindal

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It's funny how Jason Richwine in a Forbes article is using Bobby Jindal, an ultra-conservative Christian politician who doesn't think he is some part Hindu Indian at all, as one of the examples for Indian American model of success. What BS!

Why else do you think Jindal changed his name from Piyush to Bobby after a mythical Brady Bunch character? As he explained on one of his interviews with Jay Leno.

As clear from article below, he did all this just to feel accepted by his American "friends", to be part of the bunch and hence converted to achieve his political ambitions.

I don't know when Indians would learn the hard lesson. Don't just go on the name, wisely use your own brain. Especially Indian Americans should not repeat the mistakes what fellow Indians in Bharat are repeating for past 60 years by carelessly re-electing a bunch of fakers just because they have a last name Gandhi but no blood or ideological relation with the actual Mohandas Karamchand "Mahatma" Gandhi. Just because Jindal has an Indian last name doesn't mean he is an Indian or a devout Hindu. Similarly, just because Italian citizen Antonia Maino is also known as Sonia Gandhi or Italian citizen Raul Vinci is also known as Rahul Gandhi doesn't mean they are related to MK Gandhi and they have a monarchic birthright to (mis)rule Bharat.

This post has no intention to compare Jindal with the Nehru-Maino family or to raise any doubt about his competence to hold public office just because of his personal decision to change his religion. But only to share the public background information about Mr. Jindal so that people especially of Indian descent become an informed voter and make wise decision of voting wisely not just on the face value of names and assumptions made thereafter about one's religion.

Please read the following article for more about Mr. Jindal's background.

The Agony and Ecstasy of Bobby Jindal
It's been a long way too from the Hindu family in which he was lovingly reared by Raj and Amar Jindal, to the Christianity that he has chosen for himself and his young family.

Jindal's meteoric rise is well known. But not as well known are his struggles. Not the political ones, but his personal ones as he gradually morphed from a devout Hindu to a zealous Christian.

Meanwhile Indian Americans, who have contributed handsomely to Jindal's campaign chest, are raising some legitimate concerns.

For example, in an article entitled 'Who is the real Bobby Jindal?' written by Ramesh Rao and published in the newsletter of the Indian American Policy Institute, the following question is raised: "One-third of the money Jindal has raised, we are told, was contributed by Indian-Americans. Should they not be wondering what made Jindal convert to Catholicism? None seemed to have bothered to ask. He tells the usual story of how Jesus came into his life: more or less the standard spiel that every Campus Christian Crusader spouts. What was missing in his Hindu faith and background that made him convert? We don't get any insight from the simple mention of how a high school friend gave him a Bible, and how he read it, and how it changed his life."

Ramesh Rao goes on to explain: "I have very, very high regard for Bobby Jindal for his accomplishments, and for his ability to articulate ideas. I am very, very concerned, however, about his far right views. When Indian-American supporters assert that Jindal is "One of us", I really don't know what is meant by that except that he is a son of Indian immigrants. . It is almost as if his Indian supporters and Indian-American newspapers want to ignore what he truly is: an ultra-conservative Christian politician.

The suggestion is that Jindal's conservative agenda, and his conversion to Catholicism "indicate that when Jindal, as an 18 year-old converted to Catholicism, knew well that that was the only way, as an Indian-American Hindu he could achieve his political ambitions."
Views presented in the article above are personal of the author.

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