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Community leaders hail Verma's nomination as India's US envoy
The nomination of Richard Rahul Verma as the US Ambassador to India is a "crowning moment" for Indian-Americans,
members of whose have been appointed in record numbers by President Barack Obama, according to eminent leaders
from the community.
Verma, if confirmed by the Senate would be the f irst-ever Indian-American to be the US Ambassador to India. "It is a
crowningmoment for us (Indian-Americans). Not only has the president appointed many Indian-Americans here, but he
has found someone worthy of representing the country in India. I would v iew this as a crowning moment," Silicon Valley-
based MR Rangaswami, a successful entrepreneur, community builder and philanthropist, said.
"He has a strong relationship across the United States Government. He is equally popular among both the Democrats and
Republicans. He has a deep understanding of India and IndiaUS relationship," said, Swadesh Chatterjee, who played a key
role in the civil-nuclear deal.
Indian-American Republican from Texas, Ashok Mago said, "It is exciting to see that finally an Amer ican of Indian origin
with great credentials have been nominated to represent USA to one of the most important nation". "We all have great
hopes for Rich (Verma) to take relations between to great nations to new heights. He has opened door for other
Americans of Indian-origin to be considered as US ambassadors to India," he said.
The United States Senate has not yet announced the date for confirmation hearing for Verma. Neera Tandon, President of
Center for American Progress? a top US think-tank said, "I have always known him to be a brilliant thinker, very strategic,
very sharp, very quick, and just incredibly capable."
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