The Obama Administration Really Does Get Their South Asian On

Sunday, September 13, 2009

In the past I've posted up on some of the South Asian faces that have been tapped for key posts in the White House, but I had no idea that more South Asians serve currently than in any other previous administration. So what should you do?

Throw a party.

The North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA) and the South Asian Bar Association of Washington D.C. (SABA-DC) honored the South Asian Americans appointed to President Barack Obama`s administration at an event held in Washington D.C. last week. The Obama White House has tapped more South Asian Americans to serve in the administration than any administration in history.

"The event was a great success, with almost 200 people on hand to help celebrate the appointment of so many South Asian Americans to these esteemed positions," said Dharmesh Vashee, president of SABA-DC. President Obama appointed South Asian Americans to positions including Federal Chief Technology Officer, Under Secretary and Chief Scientist, Federal Chief Information Officer, Principal Deputy Solicitor General, and many more.

Neal Katyal, Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States, and Preeta Bansal, General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for the White House Office of Management and Budget, were both guest speakers at the event.

"Our parents and grandparents dreamed of this kind of success for their children when they made the decision to come to America," said Katyal. "Each of the appointees to the Obama administration has achieved this level of success through hard work, dedication and the unyielding support of their friends and family. Truly, this event was in honor of the legions of people who have helped each of us as we`ve pursued careers in public policy." Katyal`s mother, Pratibha Katyal Malhotra, accompanied him to the reception, as did the families of many of the honorees.