Vivek Murthy is appointed Surgeon General of the United States. Will this strengthen the American Indian lobby and tip the balance of power in India’s favour?

Vivek Murthy Appointed Surgeon General – Will This Tip Balance of Power in India’s Favour?Vivek Murthy nomination hearing February 4 2014 Vivek Murthy Appointed US Surgeon General

  1. Vivek Murthy will be the 19th Surgeon General of the United States. As the operational head of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC) and leading spokesperson on matters of public health in the federal government of the United States, 37 year old Murthy will wield considerable power in the scheme of things.
  2. The co founder of ‘Doctors for America’ a consortium of over sixteen thousand medical practitioners and students, Murthy has been controversial for his openly anti-gun stance. (Source)
  3. Murthy is also known to be punctilious in matter of his personal health, known to have a very healthy lifestyle that includes lots of veggies and high protein grains. He is also said to practice yoga on a daily basis. (Source)
  4. He was born to Kannada speaking parents who were originally from Karnataka. Born in Huddersfield, England his family moved to Florida USA when he was just 3. This high school valedictorian graduated magna cum laude in just 3 years and also has a combined medical and business degree from Yale.
  5. Given his links to India via his Indian heritage, there are those who wonder about the India-Pak immigrant equation in the United States. As the first Indian American to be appointed Surgeon General of the United States, will this alter power equations within the immigrant communities of the United States? Will the American Indian lobby now be stronger in a country that has traditionally had a powerful Pakistani American lobby?
  6. According to M R Rangaswami, founder of Indiaspora, “His (Dr Murthy’s) confirmation is an epic victory for all Americans,” that “It demonstrates our (Indian Americans’) growing strength and influence when we come together for a common objective.” He express hope that this “victory will be a catalyst for our community to become more engaged with public issues in the future,” For Indian-American Shekar Narasimhan Murthy’s confirmation is a “great day for the Indian American community.
  7. According to Congressman Joe Crowley, “The confirmation of the first surgeon general of Indian descent is a victory for the entire Indian-American community, whose young children will grow up knowing that anything is within their reach.”

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