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Gabbard promises to protect interest of India in US Congress

PTI Washington | Updated on March 12, 2018

Tulsi Gabbard, who appears all set to become the first Hindu-American to be elected to the US House of Representatives, has promised to help protect interest of India and Indian-Americans in the Congress.

In August, 31-year-old Tulsi Gabbard won the Democratic Party primary from a Congressional seat in Hawaii. The seat is said to be a strong Democratic stronghold and given a weak Republican challenger, Tulsi Gabbard is all set to enter the House of Representatives.

She had received a big round of applause at the recently concluded Democratic National Convention in Charlotte when she took the stage to speak in favour of President Barack Obama.

Following her star performance in Charlotte, Tulsi Gabbard has been felicitated by the Indian-American community in Tampa, Florida on Saturday and Washington DC yesterday.

At both the places, Gabbard told the enthusiastic Indian American community leaders that she as member of the US House of Representatives would ensure that the interest of India and Indian-Americans is protected.

The event in Tampa was organised by the Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE). In Washington, Tulsi Gabbard was felicitated by Federation of Indian-American Association, National Capital Region (FIA-NCR) in association with Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO).

At both the places she electrified the audience with her remarks.

The daughter of a Samoan Catholic father and white Hindu mother who moved from American Samoa to Hawaii when she was a child, Tulsi Gabbard is a rising star in the Democratic Party.

At the age of 21, Tulsi Gabbard became the youngest person elected to the Hawaii Legislature. At 23, she was the state’s first elected official to voluntarily resign to go to war. At 28, she became the first woman to be presented with an award by the Kuwait Army National Guard.

Published on September 11, 2012

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