Washington: Indian-Americans, who overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama in the run-up to his presidency, say that his ascent to the top post has energized the community and given them hope that someone from them too could enter the White House one day.
“He has set the bar high for everyone. No one can complain any more that opportunities are being denied to them because of their colour, race, religion or ethnicity,” Ashok Mago, chairman of the US India Forum, said.
“Obama’s inauguration means a new day in America especially for Indian-Americans, now any Indian-American can truly dream of occupying the highest office in the land or the most powerful position in the world whether their name is Bob, Bobby or Baljit,” Sanjay Puri, chairman of the US India Political Action Committee told PTI.
While there is no available figure for the number of Indian-Americans who have come to Washington to participate in the inaugural ceremonies, community leaders say they easily be in several thousands.
“This is a momentous occasion. Even if there is so much difficulties, never mind... it is an occasion to celebrate. I want to be a witness to this historic event,” said Naresh Singh, who drove for several hours from North Carolina for the event.