America always has the capacity to surprise you. On Saturday Bobby Jindal became the country’s first Indian-American governor, and that too in the deeply
Republican conservative south state of Carolina Louisiana. It has not had a non-white chief since Reconstruction. Typically Indian, he is also a bit of a geek. (hat tip to Tim for clarifications).
A NY Times profile recently said:
But he is not a natural fit for Louisiana. The state likes its governors to know the fundamentals of the Cajun two-step, speak some derivation of French patois, and at least get to a duck blind, regularly and publicly. But Mr. Jindal has labored assiduously to overcome the disadvantage of being a non-Cajun, Rhodes Scholar policy wonk whose given name was Piyush, and who has a penchant for 31-point plans.
He is a born-again Roman Catholic who has suggested that teaching intelligent design as an alternative to evolution may not be out of place in public schools, favors a ban on abortion and opposes hate-crimes laws. Conservative views aside, the slightly built congressman is anything but a backslapping good olâ€™ boy.
Oh, yeah he’s a crazy Republican nut. So like our liberal cousins from across the pond at Sepia Mutiny, I’m a bit torn as to whether this is a good or bad thing. On the one hand he has broken through a glass ceiling in a very conservative state, on the other I’m deeply opposed to his politics. A few years ago I would have had more enthusiasm for this development than I do now. What would trump for you?
Update: SAJA have a round-up of coverage across the States and India.
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