It’s being called an historic day for the Indian American community. Ami Bera and Tulsi Gabbard were both sworn into the House of Representatives. Bera from the California is just the third Indian American ever elected to Congress. Gabbard from Hawaii is the first Hindu ever elected.
“Representative Gabbard and Dr Bera serve as an inspiration to Hindu students across the nation. These historic elections have hopefully opened the flood gates to having more members of the next generation with Hindu backgrounds find their voices in America’s political system,” said Sohini Sircar, general secretary of Hindu Students Council, in a report in theEconomic Times. Many members of the Hindu community attended the ceremony. Bera was surrounded by her family.