INDIA ABROAD March 3, 2017 T2 NY/NJ/CT
By George Joseph
nstead of setting up an
exploratory committee, Dr
Prasad Srinivasan, 67, an
allergist and four-term
member of the state House
of Representatives, went
ahead and filed papers to contest
as governor of Connecticut.
An exploratory committee
would have allowed him to raise
money to be used for any state
“I am very clear in my mind.
I’ve been thinking about it for a
while, maybe six months. The
idea has been brewing. My wife
and I talked about it. We decided
the time was right to run for this
position,” Rep. Srinivasan, the
second Indian after former New
Jersey Assemblyman Upendra
Chivukula to become a state lawmaker in the New York tristate
area, told the media.
Srinivasan said patients periodically urged him to run, but he
was not ready. Now, after three
terms in the House, he said he is
“I am old enough and I am
young enough,” he said.
Already four fellow
Republicans have set up
exploratory committees and
started raising funds to the seat
vacated by current Governor Dan
A legislator with a proven
track record, Srinivasan said he
is contesting as governor
because “we deserve a better
Connecticut, and our children
deserve a brighter future. We
need to revive our state so we all
can prosper. Together, we can
take back our state, turn it
around and bring prosperity
back to Connecticut.
“Our state is spiraling downwards. Our businesses, large
and small, are leaving our state.
People are moving out of the
state. Young people do not see
the same opportunities that
drew us to Connecticut in 1980.
This pattern has to end. We can
make it happen. When businesses do well, we all do well.
But when businesses fail,
poverty and unemployment follow,” he said.
Srinivasan promises to control
taxes and spending, remove
waste and fraud in government,
and improve health care.
“We need new leadership and
new vision to conquer the old
problems that are continuing to
hold us back,” he said. “I have
the energy, enthusiasm and
experience to overcome these
challenging issues to bring pros-
perity to Connecticut and ensure
a bright future for our children.”
Even Democrats supported
his candidacy for state House
and expects the same in the con-
test for governor. He greeted
people at cross roads and
knocked on the doors of many
“It made it loud and clear that
I was not taking any chances or
sitting idle.” Srinivasan said.
As a legislator, he opposed the
legalization of cannabis for medical use in 2012, but relented in
2016 and voted to expand the
law to allow the limited use of
cannabis to treat children with
conditions not treatable by con-
He voted against repeal of the
death penalty in 2012. He supported passage of the sweeping
gun-control law passed in 2013
in response to the Sandy Hook
School shooting of 26 children
Legislation to revamp the
emergency medical service was
one of his major achievements
as a lawmaker.
In his first term, he challenged the leadership of both
parties when he successfully
fought a bill that would have
made it easy to sue doctors.
Another major achievement
was his effort to prevent a hike
in water charges by the agency.
Srinivasan still practices medicine, though his working hours
“I could balance my different
roles in life. I have not seen it as
a problem,” he said
Srinivasan first won from the
31st District in Glastonbury for
the first time trouncing the two-
time Democratic incumbent.
A graduate of Baroda Medical
College, he came to the US in
1975 and did his pediatric residency at Brookdale Hospital in
Brooklyn, New York and fellowship in allergy and immunology
at Michael Reese Hospital in
He is a physician in private
practice, treating adult and pediatric patients with allergies in
the Hartford area for more than
Srinivasan is actively involved
with the American Association of
Physicians of Indian Origin and
has served as regional director,
treasurer, and secretary.
He is one of the pillars of the
Connecticut Valley Hindu
Temple Society, thanks to his
contributions over the past 30
years. As chairman of the board
of trustees, he established a
Youth Services Program and a
Sunday Hindu Religious School.
His wife Kala is a musician
and teacher. Their son Sashank
is an associate professor at
Harvard Medical School; their
daughter Anusha is the head of
Alternate Investments at
The four-term representative says
it is time he stepped up
A Whiff of Fashion at the Indian Consulate
Left, fashion designer Premal Badiani and Consul General of India in New York Riva Ganguly Das, at a reception on
Feb. 16, hosted at the Indian consulate to celebrate New York Fashion Week. Above, at a press conference Badiani
is flanked by Meghna Joshi, left, Mrs. India International; and Dr. Swetha Reddy, co-founder of Indiapopup.com.