by Ahmed Khan, Founder, The Rahnuma Daily
(RAHNUMA) There 1.8 million Indian American voters. Indian Americans make up only 1% of the U.S. population, yet 10 Indian Americans hold public office.
Nearly 50% of America’s motels are owned by Indian Americans according media reports.
1 in every 7 doctors in America is of Indian descent, and the median income of an Indian American household is higher than that of other Asian communities.
2% of U.S. top firms are led by Indian Americans. Mastercard, Microsoft, Adobe, Alphabet, and IBM have or have had Indian American CEOs and Indian Americans own 1/3 of Silicon Valley start-ups.
However, Silicon Valley’s undisputed kingmakers are not its Indian American owners, rather their financiers at the Vision Fund. Of the fund’s massive $100 billion bankroll, Saudi Arabia contributes $45 billion. This is very telling to Americans of the link, even in America, between Indians, and their GCC financiers.
Furthermore, on the ground, the GCC is home to over 8 million Indian Diaspora.
According to a 2017 PEW survey, of the total NRI remittance back to India, the top three countries were the United Arab Emirates at $13.823 billion USD, United States at $11.715 billion and Saudi Arabia at $11.239 billion USD per annum.
This groups the influence on the minds of NRI’s in these three countries and their political attitudes in a very powerful way – economics.
NRI remittance to India from GCC countries in 2016 amounted to nearly 50% of the total remittance, at a whopping $36 billion USD, with UAE and Saudi Arabia at nearly $25 billion USD on their own. Add America to the equation and this figure swells to nearly 70% of total NRI remittance to India from these three countries alone.
Indian Americans care about India and hence need to see messaging which appeals not only to their own interests in India from America, but also the economic interests of their fellow Indians, and relatives in these two GCC countries as well.
According to recent polls, only 35% of Indian Americans have decided to vote for President Trump, while 65% have shown support for Biden.
It is my view this can be swayed by tweaking the messaging in the Trump campaign to also appeal to Indian American associations to these two GCC countries in specific.
Such messaging, if done correctly, will garner more familiarity within the Indian American demographics, and draw more supporters to Trump than to Biden and Kamala, both of whom have taken cheap shots at India in the recent past over Kashmir, and CAA.
If President Trump’s campaign can club Indian Americans with their sympathies and their interests in the GCC, which even Prime Minister Modi is also keenly focusing on, AND appeal to Indian sympathy for the Chosen People, President Trump would have checkmated ‘Sleepy Joe’ and ‘Crazy Kamala’ over Indian American hearts and minds for good.
Such a strategy could also pave the way for a new emerging block in the world order, which rejects liberal extremism, and encourages strong world leaders – a new and uncanny US-India-Saudi-UAE-Israel power pact, which could make the pro – “regime change wars” – Democrats, cringe in agony, and defeat.
Ahmed Khan is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief & Publisher of The Rahnuma Daily (theRahnuma.com), the online English daily edition of The Rahnuma-E-Deccan Daily (ReDD), India’s oldest Urdu daily print newspaper established in 1921. More than 81.1 million Indians identify Urdu as their language, and as per the annual INA (Indian Newspapers Association) report, ReDD ranks among the top 5 most widely circulated and read Urdu daily print newspapers throughout India. Ahmed resides in Hyderabad at his maternal ancestral home and can be contacted at, @editor_therahnuma, firstname.lastname@example.org