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#Identity: Meet the Indian-American who might be the next US President. Just might.

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The Oxford-educated son of parents originally from the Punjab has launched a bid to become the US President in 2016.

Republican former Louisiana governor Piyush Jindal – better known as “Bobby Jindal” – formally announced his intention to enter the race for the Republican Party’s nomination for the White House.

It is a crowded field and includes the likes of Jeb Bush, brother of former president George W Bush, among others.

Mr Jindal is seen as a hardline Republican and has taken hard lines on issues such as gay rights and Islamic extremism.

In January he was widely lambasted for describing parts of Europe as “no-go zones” for non-Muslims. 

Many political commentators in the United States see Mr Jindal’s entry into the race as a largely symbolic one. 

The Indian-American community is hugely influential but Mr Jindal doesn’t enjoy much support within that community.

Even in his former state of Louisiana, he is disliked after a budgetary issues and he doesn’t enjoy the financial backing that is so crucial to mounting a presidential bid.

In his video announcement on Wednesday, the 44-year-old played up his extensive experience in public service, saying he was “the youngest candidate with the longest resume”.

He said he plans to appeal to Christian conservatives, a group of voters already being aggressively courted by rival candidates.

Most surprisingly, he has become the target of ridicule by the influential Indian-American community, not least given his recent attempts to distance himself from his Indian heritage.

In his speech, he criticized Barack Obama for “trying to divide” America by “gender, race, geography and religion”.

“We’re not hyphenated Americans any more”, Mr Jindal said. 

“We’re not African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Indian-Americans or rich and poor Americans,” he said.

The strategy however, backfired as the hashtag #BobbyJindalisSoWhite began trending.

Jindal was the first Indian American governor and is a graduate of Brown University and is a Rhodes Scholar. 

Though initial polling shows the 44-year-old is a longshot for the Republican nomination, he has carved out a niche of vibrant support particularly among evangelical Christians.

He’s also positioned himself as a top opponent of “political correctness” and has at times led his party’s charge in railing against radical Islam.

Jindal’s four main objectives as president would be securing the border, replacing Obamacare, growing the private sector and increasing defense, his aides said.

He will also be “aggressive” on calling for the destruction of radical Islam and that containment is a strategy for losers.

Jindal was widely hailed as an ingénue when he first entered politics at the age of 24 back in 1996.

His first posting was as the head of Louisiana’s department of health policies.  He later served under President George W. Bush in the Department of Health and Human Services as a top adviser.

Raised in a Hindu household, Jindal converted to Catholicism in high school.



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