Does Bobby Jindal pose a question?

Here’s what the wiki has on the Governor of the US state of Louisiana – Bobby Jindal

Why am I interested in this American? – A valid question and even rightly phrased, in my opinion. But do Hindu Americans by and large take it in their stride? Forget about that. What do I, a non American Hindu think?

These are my thoughts in bullets –

  • Its great that Piyush Jindal was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Hindu immigrants from the Indian state of Punjab.
  • Piyush reveals a little secret about how he came to be called “Bobby” and that’s a take from a character he identified with, in The Brady Bunch. He liked the character and name, so adopted it for himself.
  • Whilst in school or college he got exposed to some evangelism and after thought and study decided to convert to Christianity.
  • Bobby got interested in politics and supported the Republicans and a slew of Conservative policies. It was natural that he join them and he did.
  • He ran for Governor of the state of Louisiana and won. He remains in that position as of today.

So what about it? Well…

*** American Hindus and some say even his parents don’t seem to have taken too well to his conversion.

*** They say (1) It was wrong to covert (2) Even if he did, he did it for political reasons (3) He betrayed American Hindus (4) It would have been great if he had remained Hindu and run for office (5) Why should he have felt forced to convert in order to be able to win his office? This is repressive.

But I was on what “I” thought about Bobby!

### White American Christians, the US National Society, need not bother about what American Hindus think or say about Bobby Jindal.

### US National Society must be able to choose from those amongst itself or those that have aligned and made common cause with it, for office.

### There is no betrayal and no shame in Bobby converting to Christianity in America. Even if it be for the sake of office or as is fashionable to say, “political reasons”.

### US National Society is representative of its Judeo-Christian ethic. This is most represented and owned by White Christian American nationals who are in the majority. If Bobby Jindal wishes to rule over one of their many states he better make sure that he feels and behaves like the folks in his state. Any cultural disconnect between the ruler and the ruled is intolerable to any self-respecting people and nation.

### Bobby Jindal does not make hateful comments about Hinduism. He sees his parents’ Hinduism and his Hindu environment “enveloped” home as facilitating his freedom to make his later choices.

Let us not make the mistake of representing such sentiments in Bobby Jindal as the usual politically correct expectation from a political animal. Such representation would be an insult to Bobby and American Hindus. The latter, to be sure, have earned their good name as peaceful and productive citizens in the US. long as they remain Hindus they must reconcile to being citizens and not American nationals with any aspiration to high office in the US. It will be suicidal for White Christian Americans to not make or to not have made this important distinction already.

So here’s what I wish to request of Hindus, American or not. I wish to ask them to celebrate a human being, an American, who seems to have grasped the value of respecting and imbibing a culture and a civilization that he was destined to be part of. There is no shame in such righteousness.

So to us Hindu nationals at home, Bobby Jindal does not pose a question. He answers the question we are grappling with. A question posed, ironically, by the lady from Lusiana.

– Namaste


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