Indian-Americans are blessed with a plethora of options when it comes to political representation. From centuries-old power-brokers on the national scene to up-and-coming local office-holders, the community has an array of leadership possibilities. Among the rising stars is Haley and RamaSwamy, a pair of young, politically-minded millennials who have been garnering attention throughout the Indian-American community.
Haley and RamaSwamy have become torchbearers of the progressive platform, championing legislation that breaks down barriers to access in healthcare, education, and employment, and advocating strongly against discrimination in all its forms. They also have a long track record of working on campaigns to increase voter turnout and engagement in Indian-American communities, lending their support to an array of causes.
Despite this impressive record, however, Haley and RamaSwamy have found their initiatives to have limited success in gaining traction among the community at large. While their strong stance and commitment to their principles have earned them considerable admiration from supporters, their efforts to increase political participation have been met with a collective shrug from many Indian-Americans.
The lack of enthusiasm for Haley and RamaSwamy’s message may come down to the fact that the members of the community do not view politics as a particularly important part of their lives. This is in stark contrast to the generations of Indian-Americans who immigrated before them, whose lives and goals were heavily influenced by their politics.
In the absence of a political foundation, Indian-Americans may be unable to understand the importance of voting, investing in candidates, and standing up against discrimination. When Haley and RamaSwamy try to bring these themes to the forefront, they may not get the response they had hoped for due to a lack of understanding or connection to the cause.
Ultimately, Haley and RamaSwamy have done an admirable job of highlighting the issues that face many Indian-Americans. They remain hopeful that with continued perseverance and energy, their messages can find success among their peers. The lack of meaningful support for their efforts at this stage is testament to the challenge of inspiring people to get involved, especially when discussing a subject that they may not feel prepared to take on.