അമേരിക്കക്കാരിയെങ്കിലും ഹിന്ദുവായ അവര് കോണ്ഗ്രസിലെ ആദ്യ ഹിന്ദു അംഗമായിരിക്കും
തീരെ ജനബന്ധമില്ലാത്ത കവികാ ക്രൗലി എന്ന റിപ്പബ്ലിക്കനാണ് ഗബ്ബാര്ഡിന്റെ എതിരാളി. ഇപ്പോള് ഹോണോലുലു സിറ്റി കൗണ്സിലംഗമായ ഗബ്ബാര്ഡ് 21-#ാ#ം വയസില് സ്റ്റേറ്റ് അസംബ്ലിയിലെത്തിയ ഏറ്റവും പ്രായം കുറഞ്ഞ അംഗമാണ്. പിന്നീട് സൈന്യത്തില് ചേര്ന്ന് ഇറാക്കില് യുദ്ധരംഗത്തെത്തി. പിതാവ് സ്റ്റേറ്റ് സെനറ്ററാണ്. മാതാവ് എഴുപതുകളില് ഹരേകൃഷ്ണ പ്രസ്ഥാനത്തിലൂടെ ഹിന്ദു വിശ്വാസിയുമായിരുന്നു. പിതാവ് കത്തോലിക്കനാണ്.
കോണ്ഗ്രസംഗം എന്ന നിലയില് വൃന്ദാവനത്തിലേക്ക് തീര്ത്ഥയാത്ര നടത്തണമെന്നാഗ്രഹിക്കുന്ന ഗബ്ബാര്ഡിന് ന്യൂയോര്ക്കിലെ യു.എസ്. സെനറ്റര് കര്സ്റ്റന് ഗില്ലിബ്രാന്ഡ് തുടങ്ങി ഒട്ടേറെ ലിബറലുകളുടെയും വനിതാ പ്രവര്ത്തകരുടെയും പിന്തുണയുണ്ട്.
ഡോ. അമി ബേര
കാലിഫോര്ണിയയിലെ ഏഴാം ഡിസ്ട്രിക്ടില് റിപ്പബ്ലിക്കന് സ്ഥാനാര്ത്ഥി നിലവിലുള്ള കോണ്ഗ്രസംഗം സാന് ലന്ഗ്രനോട് മത്സരിച്ച മെഡിക്കല് ഡോക്ടറും പ്രൊഫസറുമായ അമിബേര (ഡമോക്രാറ്റ്) വിജയിക്കുമെന്ന പ്രതീക്ഷയിലായിരുന്നു പാര്ടി നേതൃത്വം. മുന് പ്രസിഡന്റ് ബില് ക്ലിന്റണ്, സാക്രമെന്റോ ബീ പത്രം തുടങ്ങി ഒട്ടേറെ വ്യക്തികളും സ്ഥാപനങ്ങളും ബേരയെ എന്ഡോഴ്സ് ചെയ്തിട്ടുണ്ട്. കഴിഞ്ഞതവണ സാക്രമെന്റോ ബീ ലന്ഗ്രനൊപ്പമായിരുന്നു.
ഭാര്യ ജനിനും 14 വയസ്സുള്ള പുത്രി സിഡ്രക്കുമൊപ്പം എല്ക്ഗ്രോവിലാണ് ബേര താമസിക്കുന്നത്. രണ്ടുവര്ഷം മുമ്പ് നടന്ന മത്സരത്തില് ലന്ഗ്രസ് 51 ശതമാനം വോട്ടിന് ബേരയെ (43) പരാജയപ്പെടുത്തിയിരുന്നു. ഇത്തവണ അതു നേരെ തിരിഞ്ഞു. പ്രധാന കാരണം ഡമോക്രാറ്റുകള് കൂടുതലുള്ള ഭാഗങ്ങള് ഡിസ്ട്രിക്ടില് ചേര്ത്തുവെന്നതാണ്. മണ്ഡലത്തിന് പുറത്ത് നിന്ന് ഏറ്റവുമധികം സംഭാവന (4.3 മില്യന്) ലഭിച്ച കോണ്ഗ്രഷണല് മണ്ഡലമാണിത്.
കുറഞ്ഞ ഭുരിപക്ഷമായതിനാല് വീണ്ടും വോട്ട് എണ്ണും
Ami Bera wins "close contest”, 5 Indian-Americans lose out
WASHINGTON, 7 NOV: Dr Ami Bera was on the cusp of creating history by becoming only the third Indian-American ever to be elected to the US House of Representatives, as five others from the community bit the dust in the polls.
Dr Bera, 45, had a lead of just 184 votes against his Republican rival and incumbent Dan Lungren, when all the votes were counted for the Seventh Congressional District in California.
But the secretary of state, California put the results in the category of “Close Contest”, in which there is less than a two per cent difference between the first and second place for candidates or between yes and no votes for ballot measures.
According to the office of the secretary of state, California, Dr Bera had received 50.1 per cent of the total votes counted, while Mr Lungren had received 49.9 per cent of the votes.
Dr Bera received 88,406 votes, while Mr Lungren got 88,222 votes.
So far only two Indian-Americans have been elected to the US House of Representatives.
Dalip Singh Saund, was the first Indian-American elected to the US Congress in 1950s, while Bobby Jindal, was a House member from 2005 to 2008 before being elected as the Governor of Louisiana.In neighbouring ninth congressional district of California, 'young gun' Republican Ricky Gill lost by more than 10,000 votes (nearly seven percent votes) to incumbent Democrat Jerry McNerney.
The rest of the four Indian American candidates -- Dr Syed Taj, Dr Manan Trivedi, Upendra Chivukula and Jack Uppal also lost the Congressional elections. Except for Gill who represents the Republican Party, the other five candidates were from the Democratic Party.
Three of them were physicians by profession. In Michigan's 11th congressional district, considered to be a Republican stronghold, Democratic Dr Syed Taj, who originally hails from Bihar and is the younger brother of Syed Shahbuddin, gave a tough fight to his opponent K Bentivolio.
Pollsters were having a tough time in making any projection even when 90 per cent of the votes were counted, when Dr Taj was trailing behind by nearly 20,000 votes.
Upendra Chivukula, who is the deputy speaker of the New Jersey assembly, lost to incumbent L Lance by a huge margin of more than 50,000 votes (about 18 percentages). The seventh congressional district in New Jersey has been a traditional Republican seat.
For Iraq war veteran, Dr Manan Trivedi, from the Democratic Party this was his second consecutive loss to the seating Republican Congressman J Geralch. In the sixth congressional district in Pennsylvania, Trivedi was defeated by more than 46,000 votes.
In California's fourth congressional district, Jack Uppal of Democratic Party was defeated handsomely by Republican opponent Congressman T McClintock. He lost by a margin of more than 20 per cent.Tulsi Gabbard
Honolulu, Hawaii. Former Honolulu City Councilwoman and Democratic state representative Tulsi Gabbard today became the first practicing Hindu to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
"Hawaii is known as the aloha state. Aloha means heartfelt respect and love for others, regardless of their race or religion. I grew up with a great appreciation for the cultural melting pot that we have here in Hawaii,” Tulsi said. "Although there are not very many Hindus in Hawaii, I never felt discriminated against. I never really gave it a second thought growing up that any other reality existed, or that it was not the same everywhere. My experiences in the Middle East, in Eastern Europe, and across the country, showed me firsthand this is not the case. On my last trip to the mainland I met a man who told me that his teenage daughter felt embarrassed about her faith, but after meeting me, she's no longer feeling that way. He was so happy that my being elected to Congress would give hope to hundreds and thousands of young Hindus in America, that they can be open about their faith, and even run for office, without fear of being discriminated against or attacked because of their religion. As a congressional representative, I hope to be able to play some small role in increasing people’s respect, understanding, and love for one another despite our differences.”
Tulsi also received the support of President Obama in her race for Congress. “The president also grew up in Hawaii, and shares that aloha spirit that makes Hawaii so special,” Tulsi said. “I'm looking forward to working with President Obama to improve our economy, focus on jobs, and work for the well-being of all of our people.”
Tulsi states that her main motivation to run for Congress is her desire to be a servant-leader. “I learned from an early age that true happiness comes from being of service to others and not just living for yourself. As a teen I began to experience what it meant to find true happiness by working toward a higher purpose. I started helping my dad with his environmental work, and I co-founded the Healthy Hawai‘i Coalition, teaching children about caring for the environment and maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle. The more I engaged in activities that weren’t just for myself, the happier I became, and the more I wanted to do. I felt that I needed to have more influence on society and policies, so in 2002 I ran for the Hawaii State Legislature. This desire to serve is also what motivated me to enlist in the Hawaii Army National Guard, to put aside my easy reelection to the State Legislature to join my fellow guardsmen who had been called to the war in Iraq, to serve as a legislative aide with Senator Akaka in the U.S. Senate, and to serve on the Honolulu City Council. This spirit of servant leadership is what I hope to bring to Congress."
Tulsi’s election also makes her one of the first female combat veterans to serve in Congress.
Tulsi Gabbard won the Aug. 11 primary and became the
Democratic Party’s representative in the Nov. 6 general election. On Aug.
16, she resigned her post as member of the Honolulu City Council saving
taxpayers up to $150,000 that would be needed to fund a special mail-in
election. Her replacement for Council District 6 will be chosen in the
As a member of the Hawai‘i National Guard, Tulsi Gabbard
served two tours of duty in the Middle East.
She was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for her service and
currently serves as a Captain.
A Democrat, Tulsi was the youngest person elected in Hawai‘i history, when in 2002 at the age of 21, she won a Hawai‘i State House seat. Two years later, Tulsi gave up her position in the Legislature to voluntarily join her fellow soldiers being deployed to a war zone in Iraq. Between her two deployments to the Middle East, Tulsi served as an aide to U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka. In 2010 she was elected to the Honolulu City Council where she chaired the Safety, Economic Development, and Government Affairs committee.
Tulsi’s endorsements include President Obama, Emily’s List, Equality Hawai’i, the Sierra Club and VoteVets.org.