Indian-American, Bobby Jindal, created history on Saturday as he was elected as Governor of the Southern US State of Louisiana, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina some two years ago.
Election of Jindal, 36, as the Governor of Louisiana, immediately brought jubilation among the Indian-Americans in the US, who viewed this as emergence of a new era for the community in terms of their political empowerment. He is a Republican – the party of President George W Bush.
Jindal, would be the first non-White Governor of Louisiana since Reconstruction once he takes oath of office in January 2008 and is the first South-Asian to be elected as the Governor of a US State. He won the race in his second attempt, after losing out narrowly to the outgoing Governor, Kathleen Blanco, in a closely contested election four years ago.