South Asians for Biden, which describes itself as a ‘national, grassroots’ umbrella organization, announced the launch of a new chapter, ‘Indians for Biden National Council,’ August 15, 2020, on India’s independence day.
The Council, which aims at promoting and highlighting the close ties between the Democratic 2020 Presidential ticket and the Indian-American community, was scheduled to debut on Saturday August 15, at the Indian Independence Day event hosted by the Biden campaign and South Asians for Biden.
In light of the appointment of Sen. Kamala Harris as the VP candidate, the Council hopes to mobilize Indian-Americans of all faiths and backgrounds to work to get the Biden-Harris ticket and other Democrats elected across the country, a press release from South Asians for Biden said.
“South Asians for Biden is excited to launch the Indians for Biden National Council to promote a ticket that is reflective of America,” Neha Dewan, national director of South Asians for Biden, is quoted saying in the press release. “Joe Biden’s experience and know-how, along with Kamala Harris’s unrelenting grit and passion for fighting for justice, is exactly what is needed for these unprecedented times. That Senator Kamala Harris is the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, adds another dimension to this moment.”
Sanjeev Joshipura will be the director of the new Indian Americans for Biden National Council.
“We are on the cusp of a historic moment with the election of a ticket that features a Black and Indian American woman,” said Joshipura. “It’s up to us to educate and mobilize the community because the Indian American community’s future hinges upon this election.”
The Council plans “educate community members about Biden’s long history of supporting India and the Indian American community, as well as educating voters of Senator Harris’s illustrious career in public service, and highlighting Harris’s Indian heritage,” Joshipura indicated.
The Indians for Biden National Council will announce key team members in the coming weeks as the group ramps up its efforts.