South Asian Republican Coalition meets to endorse President Trump for 2020


The South Asian Republican Coalition, an organization formed in December 2018, held a meeting Oct. 24, 2019, to felicitate President Donald Trump and endorse his candidacy for the 2020 Presidential race.

Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir Parikh, chairman of Parikh Worldwide Media and ITV Gold, right, with Hemant Bhatt, founder of SARC, 2nd from left, Sridhar Chillara, co-founder and vice chair of SARC, 3rd from left, with representatives from the GOP and RNC, conducting the lamp-lighting ceremony to jumpstart the Oct. 24, 2019 meeting of the South Asian Republican Coalition, held in Fords, N.J. (Photo: Vijay Shah)

The organization which was formed to bring South Asian Americana from countries in the Indian Subcontinent and the diaspora, together on one platform “for a strong voice” and “to create awareness” in these communities to actively participate in mainstream politics,” according to its website

At the meeting, SARC Founder and Chairman, Hemant Bhatt, welcomed the gathering which according to the organization, comprised of prominent community  leaders, Republicans and members of SARC.

Bhatt narrated President Donald J. Trump’s achievements and accomplishments and predicted that the “attempted undemocratic, unfair and unjustified political coup of Illegal impeachment” against Trump would fall apart and fail like other Witch Hunts; he also predicted that the Dow Jones Industrial Average will be 30,000 by 2020 “due to booming and robust” American economy.  And most of all, Bhatt predicted that the reelection of President Trump in 2020 would be by a landslide.

He pointed out the diversity in the room, and contended that it debunked the myth that the Republican Party is the “Party of White Men, Rich and Business people,” according to the press release. He also emphasized the “importance of maintaining a united front in our common cause to preserve the union of Republicans”.

SARC President Sridhar Chillara explained SARC’s  vision, goals and objectives. He spoke of a plan to grow and SARC nationwide and urged those present to support this vision.

Prominent community leader and chairman of Parikh Worldwide Media and ITV Gold, Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir Parikh, also spoke at the event.

Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir Parikh, chairman of Parikh Worldwide Media and ITV Gold, speaking at the Oct. 24, 2019, meeting of the South Asian Republican Coalition, held in Fords, N.J. (Photo: Vijay Shah)

Dr. Parikh said his came through with the establishment of SARC which has provided a great platform to all like- minded people, particularly South Asians to unite and come together for unified voice in mainstream America. He dwelt on the family values that South Asians espouse which mirrored those held by the Republican Party. He also noted  that India Prime Minister Narendra Modi has publicly endorsed President Trump at huge public rally in Houston in September, where more than 50,000 Indian Americans attended. He stressed it would be worthwhile to support and vote for President Trump and get him re-elected as President in 2020.

Parikh praised SARC for its efforts and extended a helping hand to the nearly one-year old organization.


Swati Singh, director, Trump Victory Initiative, Republican National Committee, speaking at the Oct. 24, 2019, meeting of the South Asian Republican Coalition held in Fords, N.J. (Photo: Aakash Vadgama- SARC’s Official Photographer and Vijay Shah)

Swati Singh, director, Trump Victory Initiative at the Republican National Committee, Washington D.C., congratulated SARC for its “excellent initiative” and stated that Trump Victory Initiative is working hard to get the incumbent President  re-elected.

National Director of Asian Engagement at the RNC, Esther Lu, presented data on the Asian Pacific American demographic profile. She reinforced the case that the Republican Party should be home to the lion’s share of those registered voters. She described the APA population as the “sleeping giant” in New Jersey in particular, where from 2010 through 2016, eligible APA voters grew by 27%   versus a 4% average growth rate among voters generally.

There are 388,269 Indian, 179,136 Chinese, 139,842 Filipino and 100,581 Korean votes to be won in SARC’s goal to shift 275,000 votes to the Republican Party, the data showed.

Paul Lund, spokesperson of SARC, contended that the  Democratic Party had diverged from traditional American values, and tracked the rise of SARC over the last year

“Since our founding on December 29th, 2018, we have held a series of high-profile events to raise awareness of our existence and purpose. But it’s what we do in between meetings to extend our influence that will deliver on the results we seek – putting conservative-tending citizens in the Republican Party and putting conservative Republican public servants in office,” Lund is quoted saying in the press release.

Hemant Bhatt, Sridhar Chillara and other office bearers and members of SARC and prominent Republicans at the Oct. 24, 2019 meeting in Fords, NJ, pose for a photo with officials from the Republican National Committee.(Photo: Aakash Vadgama- SARC’s Official Photographer and Vijay Shah)

SARC Secretary Nimish Patel thanked the gathering and all supporters of SARC. The SARC’s Cultural and Event Committee Vice Chair Sanjiv Pandya, conducted the event.

The SARC organizers outlined an ambitious agenda and mission – “to engineer a major political awakening and grass roots movement toward the Republican Party among the roughly 5.6 million South Asian Americans living in the United States of America.”

Apart from bringing South Asian Americans from South Asian countries within the fold of the Republican Party, SARC wants to raise awareness on the founding principles of Republican Party among conservative, moderate or “borderline” South Asians, Latinos, other communities and new immigrants, helping to get them registered as Republican voters.



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