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Diaspora welcomes Vivek Ramaswamy's US presidential bid

The healthcare and tech sector entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy's nomination for the US Presidential election bid is another example of Indian Americans making a mark in the political arena, Sanjeev Joshipura, Indiaspora's Executive Director said.

"Vivek Ramaswamy is not a conventional politician, to put it mildly. It will be interesting to see how America reacts to his candidacy," Indiaspora's Executive Director said.

"His jumping into the presidential fray is another example of Indian-Americans making a mark in the political arena. As the Indian diaspora becomes more established and integrated into American life, we have seen this trend steadily increasing across all levels of government," he added.

Earlier, on February 22, Ramaswamy announced his 2024 US presidential election bid.

He reiterated that this was not just a political campaign, "but a cultural movement".

"Faith, patriotism and hard work have disappeared. Wokeism, climate and gender ideology have replaced them. We hunger for purpose yet cannot answer what it means to be an American. We long for that answer," he added.

37-year-old Vivek Ramaswamy is a native of southwest Ohio. His mother was a geriatric psychiatrist and his father worked as an engineer at General Electric.

Ramaswamy was born on August 9, 1985, and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. His parents migrated to the US from Kerala. He attended Harvard University for his undergrad and later got a law degree from Yale University.

He is the second Indian-American to enter the 2024 Republican presidential primary after Nikki Haley. He is the fourth Indian-American ever to run for the White House --Bobby Jindal ran in 2016 and Vice President Kamala Harris in 2020.


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