Hillary or Trump : US Presidential election from Indian Perspective

November 7, 2016

Hillary clinton Vs Donald Trump

Today is the last and final day to 2016 American  presidential election campaigns and public meetings for the candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. People are placing their bets on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the Democratic and Republican nominees respectively, as the candidates now lay their final cards, in the run up to voting in November 8,2016.

Impact of Indian American Citizens on election:

Nearly 3.2 million of population comprises Indian-Americans in the US, while more than 56 % of them are citizen of US which form a substantial chunk of polling migrants. Indians come 3rd in rank after Chinese and Filipinos in ethnic group among Asians.

During Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s New York visit in September 2015,  NRIs and Indo-US citizens welcomed him with huge crowds indicating massiv support for Indian leader in US.

modi with hugh jackman

Ruling party in India the BJP and Republican goes parallel for their conservative stands on issues, especially on migration of other communities in their respective countries, namely Muslims.

Political Inclination of Indian-Americans in US Election

Indian people who live in US for more 10 years, like Anjuli Belwal has always supported the democrats.

“We’ll vote for Hillary. She is the only Democratic candidate. We’re not entirely happy to have her but we’re left with little choice,”


Trump has also called out both his opponents Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama on their inability to see attacks all over the world as ‘radical Islamic terrorism’.

In 2015, he suggested the “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.

However, whoever Americans make their votes to, the final results may vary i.e if Donald trump wins in votes then he is still not a President of US. There are various processes followed after voting.

The Presidential election process follows a typical cycle:

Spring of the year before an election – Candidates announce their intentions to run.
Summer of the year before an election through spring of the election year – Primary and caucus debates take place.
January to June of election year – States and parties hold primaries and caucuses.
July to early September – Parties hold nominating conventions to choose their candidates.
September and October – Candidates participate in Presidential debates.
Early November – Election Day
December – Electors cast their votes in the Electoral College.
Early January of the next calendar year – Congress counts the electoral votes.
January 20 – Inauguration Day

(Source US Gov and Indian Express)

So Indians can make a substantial difference in US presidential election 2016.

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