Indian-American group voices support for Sonal ShahDecember 17th, 2008 - 10:03 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 17 (IANS) The US-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), a bipartisan organisation of Indian Americans, has come out in support of Sonal Shah, a member of President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team in the eye of a controversy.”A highly accomplished member of your team, Sonal Shah, has been targeted in a smear campaign in which she is falsely accused of supporting groups that condone violence against Christians and Muslims,” USINPAC noted in a letter to Obama.
In this context a former Republican senator Rick Santorum had even accused Obama of “condoning an organisation that supports terrorism aimed at Muslims and Christians,” USINPAC Chairman Sanjay Puri wrote.
“While some members of the Indian-American community may have objected to her appointment, I want to assure you that the majority of Indian-Americans - of different religious background support her and what she represents for America,” he wrote.
“We believe she is highly deserving of the position she has been given in the Presidential Transition Team and look forward to watching her continued success,” Puri added.
Shah, a former Google executive who has been tapped by Obama to be part of a three-person team to develop his administration’s technology policy, has herself renounced her former connection to the US wing of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), accused of fomenting violence against Muslims and Christians in India.
“Organizations like USINPAC work to increase the presence of Indian-Americans like Sonal in the public sector, because we believe that they can bring the same work ethic, innovation, and success to our government as they have to the fields of medicine, technology, and engineering,” Puri wrote.
“We hope that you will continue to support Sonal Shah for and her commitment to public service and to her country,” he added.
Noting that VHP had organised many fundraisers and charity drives in Hindu temples across the US following the tragic 2001 earthquakes in Gujarat, Puri said: “Shah, in an effort to give back to her community, participated in these drives.”
“But Ms. Shah, in her actions even more than her words, has proven that she is a dedicated, civil servant, not a radical extremist.”
“After observing the 2001 earthquake tragedy, Shah co-founded Indicorps, a non-religious, non-political organization that sends young Indian-Americans to volunteer in poor, remote villages in India,” Puri noted.
During her work at Google Inc., she supported small and medium sized enterprise development in the developing world, he wrote.
- Sonal Shah rejects ties to VHP America - Dec 11, 2008
- US Senate polls: Democratic outsource attack alienating Indian American vote bank - Oct 24, 2010
- USINPAC urges Obama to reconsider enacting H1-B visa fee hike - Aug 13, 2010
- Sonal Shah denies 'baseless and silly' reports of rightwing links - Nov 11, 2008
- USINPAC welcomes Obama's endorsement of India for the permanent UNSC membership - Nov 09, 2010
- USINPAC calls Shahrukh Khan incident a teaching moment - Aug 18, 2009
- NRI groups ask Sonal Shah to clarify VHP 'links' - Nov 11, 2008
- Obama visit: All the president's desis - Oct 24, 2010
- Nikki Haley's success sees rise of Indian-American candidates in U.S. politics - Jun 12, 2010
- USINPAC asks US Congress to probe A Q Khan claims on proliferation - Oct 12, 2009
- Obama lights diya to celebrate Diwali at White House - Oct 29, 2011
- USINPAC asks Congress to demand audit of aid funding to Pakistan - Oct 12, 2009
- Top Indians in the Obama administration - Mar 10, 2012
- Obama picks Indian American Sonal Shah as adviser - Nov 07, 2008
- Galleon fugitive Deep Shah located in India - Mar 05, 2011