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Aseem Shukla’s ‘A religious litmus test
in play’ (July 2) was an eye opener. It
should temper our unabashed enthusi-
asm for Nikki Haley’s governorship
(Hail Halley, July2).
Politicians should be supported not
on the basis of their color, race or reli-
gion but on what they stand for and
whether they have our best interests at
heart. On this litmus test, both Nikki
Haley and Bobby Jindal fail miserably.
It is ironic that other people of the faith
to which they have converted have
reservations about their sincerity when
we are afraid to ask if these people who
distance themselves so readily from
their birth religion for political purpos-
es can be trusted.
A few years back India Abroad pub-
lished an article by Vanita Gupta about
Bobby Jindal’s disturbing record when
it comes to safeguarding the interests of
immigrants, minorities and the poor.
From Aseem Shukla’s description, one
gathers Haley is no better and perhaps
will be more of a female Uncle Tom
than Jindal, willing to sell Indian
American interests down the river in a
Racial loyalty is a strange thing.
When Clarence Thomas was being sub-
jected to confirmation hearings for a
Supreme Court position, African-
Americans overwhelmingly supported
him, more concerned about having a
token black on the highest court than
what the man stood for. What folly!
Clarence Thomas has done more to
harm African American interests than
any other judge on that bench. We
Indian Americans should not make the
I read with interest Aseem Shukla’s
article. It is probably true that
both Nikki Haley and Bobby
Jindal switched to Christianity for
political reasons. But can you real-
ly blame them for that, consider-
ing that about 76 percent of
Americans are Christians and
even a higher percentage of
Republicans are Christians (both
Haley and Jindal are Republicans,
who tend to be more overtly reli-
gious)? It has been said that poli-
tics is the art of compromise. So if
changing one’s religion helps win
elections, then so be it! In their
core teachings, all religions are the
same anyway and there is only one
God, so why is it such a big deal if
Haley and Jindal changed their