Monday, April 20, 2009

Indian American Named U.S. CTO

Aneesh Chopra was named the CTO of the United States. This echos Obama's earlier choice for the nation's CIO, Mr. Vivek Kundra. Both Chopra and Kundra are Indian Americans.

Another Indian, Sanjay Gupta walked away from the nomination of the Surgeon General citing personal financial considerations. Gupta made his career and fortune by siding with big pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies on every issue.

In the rival camp, though hailed as presidential potential, Indian American Piyush 'Bobby' Jindal, the governor of State of Louisiana became the youngest governor in 2007. Many see him a front runner of presidential election in 2012 and 2016.

Vivek Kundra was born in New Delhi. His family immigrated to the US from Tanzania when he was age 11. Kundra grew up in Gaithersburg, MD. Kundra pled guilty to a petty theft charge for stealing four shirts from a JC Penny store in 1997. Kundra ran away but was caught after a brief foot chase. On March 12, 2009, Kundra's former DC CTO offices were raided by FBI on corruption charges.

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