Amber G. wrote:^^^ Thanks for posting the list, but I wonder how long it will take before some member(s) here, quoting their "vast experience" will start ad hominem attack on these just because they have an Indian American name....Wonder how many of the above list will be attacked here as 'uncle tom', 'clue-less', 'having mediocre judgement' , 'traitor' , 'macaca' , 'idiot','Islamist' .. just for the fun of it.
Of course, I am not talking about where reasonable person offers some reasonable critique, I am only talking about ad hominem attacks where above words were actually used in that manner.
It is interesting that you first thought of it that way. As an Indian-American myself, I initially viewed the list as people who wanted to serve because of the gratitude of what they received or were interested in national service at the highest level so that they could bring change for the good. Or they are building their resume since such plum positions are so difficult to obtain and are generally for a few years before finding something much more lucrative - like it or not, that's just how the system works.
However, I do note the following and some questions/comments that are somewhat interesting:
1. Rajiv Shah has an MD from Univ. of Penn. His wife is Indian and did he take an oath on the Gita or Bible? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hillary_Clinton_swearing_in_Rajiv_Shah_2010.jpg
Conclusion: Shah is not an atheist or is an EJ. From his family background, I suspect he is Hindu.
2. Aneesh Chopra is good looking and single at age 37. MA from Harvard.
Conclusion: Is Chopra gay?
3. Vivek Kundra has degrees in psychology and Information Technology (which used to be called Library Science) from Univ. of Maryland.
Conclusion: He got the job due to connections with Gov. Tim Kaine in Virgina as opposed to the Obama administration hiring someone with much better technical IT credentials from industry.
4. Anish Goel has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT and was involved in the IUCNCA in the Bush administration.
Conclusion: Well qualified fellow in the right place, but we know little of his personal life.
5. Vikram Singh advisor to Holbrooke and the Pakis hate him.
Conclusion: If the Pakis hate him, then he's doing the right thing, but "Dick" Holbrooke is disliked by Obama personally and will be gone, hopefully Singh can go back to civil service.
6. Neal Katyal is an Ivy League lawyer (Yale) who took over Kagen's position when she went to the supreme court. His wife is doctor Joanna Rosen, sister of commentator Jeffery Rosen.
Conclusion: Katyal has been around a while and is associated to the Democratic party's key players for over a decade. He is building his resume for political ambitions.
7. Rashad Husain is another Ivy League lawyer (Yale), but has graduate degrees in Islamic studies and Arabic. He can recite the Koran by heart.
Conclusion: The fellow is Indian only by origin and seems more Arab.
8. Farah Pandith is a Tuft's University lawyer born in Kashmir 1968. Previously worked at USAID.
Conclusion: She appears Americanized because she doesn't wear Islamic clothing.
9. Farooq Kathwari former CEO of Ethan Allen furniture.
Conclusion: Enough said.
10. Preet Bharara is another Ivy League lawyer (Harvard)
Conclusion: Insufficient information.
11. Preeta Bansal is an Ivy League lawyer (Harvard). Originally appointed as Solicitor General to the Attorney General of New York by Elliot Spitzer in 1999.
Conclusion: Bansal is the surname of Baniyas from north India, so OMB may indeed be a good place.
12. Subra Suresh is young (53) dean of college of engineering at MIT on leave. His wife is a white lady, Mary.
Conclusion: Will go back to MIT in 2 years when Obama looses election, as he has lots of opportunity in academia after serving as director of NSF.
13. Arun Majumdar is an IIT-Bombay graduate and used to run UC Berkely's Environmental Energy Technologies Division as well as being professor of Mechanical Engineering there.
Conclusion: Smart fellow that will probably not be listened to.