In a statement, its Executive Director, Kaleem Kawaja expressed joy at the remarkable high success of a second generation Indian-American in becoming a candidate for the second highest public office in America. Sen Harris is the daughter of Prof Shyamala Gopalan, a cancer biologist, who was from Chennai, India, and had emigrated to US in 1965.
Mr Kawaja applauded the fact that now 4 Indian-Americans are US Congressmen and one is a US Senator. Additionally some Indian-Americans are judges of the Federal Appeals Court, which is only one step below the US Supreme Court. Similarly several Indian-Americans are Chief Executive Officers of giant multinational corporations like IBM, Google etal. In the major US universities several Indian-Americans are deans, heads of faculties etc, he said.
AIM applauds the Indian-American community for its extraordinary success in the face of tough competition in US in just about five decades., he added.