De-hyphenated Jindal hit by twitter storm

Washington, June 26 (IANS) Louisiana’s Indian-American Governor Bobby Jindal has found himself in the eye of a twitter storm ever since he kicked off his US presidential campaign distancing himself from his Indian heritage.

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Jindal’s reiteration that he is not a hyphenated “Indian-American,” but just an American, spawned a series of jokes here and in India under the hashtag #BobbyJindalIsSoWhite.

Leading the charge were Indian-American comics Hari Kondabolu and Aasif Mandvi.

Among the Kondabolu gems were:

#bobbyjindalissowhite that he mispronounces his own name

#bobbyjindalissowhite he can’t spell

#bobbyjindalissowhite he refers to Indian food as “ethnic cuisine.”

#bobbyjindalissowhite he beat himself up after 9/11

U might be a #Jindian if u r the son of immigrants who is anti-immigrant.

Bobby Jindal went to Brown University, but it made him EXTREMELY UNCOMFORTABLE.

Referring to high scholastic achievement of Indian-American kids, Mandvi tweeted: The only thing #Indian about #BobbyJindal is the 4.0 he got in High School.

But Priyanka Mantha had the last word: #BobbyJindal makes history as the
first former Indian American to run for President

“On issue after issue, Bobby Jindal has shown that his opinions are very different from Asian American public opinion,” University of California Riverside Public Policy Professor Karthick Ramakrishnan told NBC News explaining the Indian-Americans’ reactions.

Do Jindal’s comments that “I’m tired of the hyphenated Americans No more ‘African-Americans.’ No more ‘Indian-Americans.’ No more ‘Asian-Americans'” “make him hyphenist?” wondered Lev Raphael of the Huffuington Post.

“Is there anything this guy won’t say to get elected?” he asked adding, “Stay tuned. He’s got lots of competition in an already-crowded field of blowhards and extremists.”

But an opinion writer in the New York Post came to Jindal’s defence saying:

“The reason Jindal has come in for such treatment is because he’s an eloquent advocate for integration and the promise of America.

“They’re not making fun of his background – they’re treating him like the Indian Clarence Thomas,” a conservative African-American judge of the US Supreme Court.


  1. First of all he will not be elected as the Presidential candidate.
    If at all if he gets elected he will sure to lose his deposit.
    Hilary Clinton has already won the the election.
    The election will be just a formality

    • Mr. Krishna,

      American elections are not like the Indian elections and only at the fag end a political savvy person will get an inkling as to who will be the Presidential hopeful.

      Americans are politically better informed and mature than their Indian counterparts, who can be purchased with liquor, dhotis, saris, good feed, lingeries, etc.

      Even during the last election, people were thinking that Hillary Clinton would become the President, but then Barack Obama won.

  2. De-hyphenated “Indian-American” is hit by twitter storm – report!

    What about any one goes to the USA and claims him to be “Original Kamath of USA” or “Original Nayak of USA” or “Original Soopi of USA”?

      • If I am an Original GSB Pai, born and brought up in India, and if I believe that I belong to pure GSB lineage, could I go to the USA and then claim that I am a Original Pai of USA?

        One could be duplicate “Pai of USA” and never a “Original Pai of USA”. At this rate, some day some people may even claim to be Aboriginal American, if it benefits them!

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