Ab Ki Baar, Trump Sarkar: How Indian Americans in Donald Trump’s camp pulled off a major coup
Washington, Nov 10: Remember the viral video where Donald Trump was seen mouthing Ab Ki Baar, Trump Sarkar--several days before the US went to polls.
The line was clearly borrowed (and little tweaked) from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popular slogan from 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign-Ab Ki Baar, Modi Sarkar.
Modi's slogan definitely has some "magical" power, as Trump to the utter surprise of everyone emphatically defeated his arch rival Hillary Clinton in a closely contested election.
On Wednesday, Trump was elected as the 45th President of the US.
During the election campaign, we saw how several Indian Americans strongly rallied behind Trump.
Even when many did not believe the business tycoon could one day become the head of the most powerful nation in the world, the Indian Americans in Trump's camp constantly campaigned for him.
Organisations like Republican Hindu Coalition (RHC), consisting of people from Indian descent in America, played a positive role in Trump's win.
The website of the RHC reads, "We shall provide a single unified platform to build a strong, effective and respected Hindu American voice in Washington and across the country."
Shalabh Kumar, the founder of the RHC, told Breitbart News that his organisation swung 25,000 votes for Trump in Florida, Ohio, and other swing states.
"The Republican Hindu Coalition was given charge of delivering the maximum number of votes in Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio ... Out of the three, Florida had the maximum number of votes."
Earlier, members of the RHC raised a whopping $1.5 million towards Trump's campaign.
Kumar, a Chicago-based businessman, himself donated $898,800 for Trump's campaign.
"In the last couple of months, the RHC organised over 50 meetings in a big way on the battleground states of Florida, North Carolina and Ohio," Kumar told The Economic Times.
According to figures, there are around four million Indian Americans.
Most of the Indian-American community - nearly 65% - supports the Democratic Party, while 18% favour Republicans, according to a 2014 Pew survey.
However, the election result says a different story. It looks like many Indian Americans voted for Trump.
AD Amar, president of Indian-Americans for Trump, the election proved that the Republican candidate was "a superman" who "single-handedly" fought against opposition from Democrats and Republicans.
"Trump knew what was wrong with America and had the right vision to fix it," Amar said.
In fact before the elections, the RHC accused Clinton of Pakistan bias.
The organisation also ran an advertisement campaign against the US Democratic Presidential candidate.
According to the members of RHC, Clinton provided billions in military aid to Pakistan to be used against India.
They also accused Clinton of being instrumental in blocking the US visa of Modi, when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
Many Indian Americans say the RHC is a racist and a divisive group. Kumar denies all the charges.
Before the elections, in October, the RHC hosted a Bollywood-themed charity concert for Trump.
"The Hindu community has made fantastic contributions to world civilisation and to American culture and we look forward to celebrating our shared values of free enterprise, hard work, family values, and a strong American foreign policy," Trump said.
"We love the Hindus and we love India," he added.