Tuesday, October 23, 2012


General Elections in USA are scheduled for Tuesday, November 6. This is the day when people will vote for all sorts of elected office. President, Vice President, Senate, House (ala MP), Governors, State Legislatures, Board of Directors (ward councillors) and so many other offices. Local elections are non-partisan.

I am glad Indian continent origin people are taking part in these elections. Not only people who became U.S. citizens are voting but quite a number of them are running also.  I am an independent and do not have any party affiliation. I live in a small town near San Francisco and the population is less than 3000. I can see so many sings:

Rajesh Dighe for Board of Directors

Tariq Khan for Board of Directors
(first name missing in his posters)

Jass Sangha for Delta College Trustee

Ricky Gill for U.S. Congress (ala MP). Interesting guy. The minimum age to run for Congress is 25. He became 25 years old only last month. If elected, he would be the youngest Congressman. His real first name is Ranjit. Changed to Ricky. Hey, if Piyush Jindal can change his name to Bobby Jindal, why not Ranjit to Ricky. He is an ABCD (American Born Confused Desi)(born in USA) and not a FOB (Fresh Off the Boat)(immigrant from India). Both his parents are doctors and very rich.

Ricky is very intelligent. He is contesting on behalf of Republican Party. He is running in a constituency where Democrats are in a heavy majority. So what did he do? The word “Republican” does not appear in any of his posters.

Where is the fun if we don’t have some controversy? One of the current Board of Directors for our town is Jass Singh. A group of citizens are dissatisfied with his performance. Therefore, this election day there will be a ballot to recall him. Yes, in USA, citizens can recall an elected official through ballot. There are lots of signs “Recall Jass Singh” and “We are with Jass Singh”.

I am confused. Jass Singh is a male and Jass Sangha is a female. Both have same Americanized first name.

Among the local candidates, I am thinking to vote for Rajesh Dighe. The reason: He does not have an Americanized first name.


  1. people say what is in a name, I would say a lot:)

    why people change their names..I dont understand..

  2. I have never voted in any election. Not because I am against democracy, but because I don't have an Voter ID card and my name doesn't appear in any voter list!

    Looking at it from this perspective, I think you are lucky! You can at least vote and you even know the name of the candidate you want to vote for :)

    Destination Infinity

  3. I could get some details of the election and so thank you.A name is everything for a person, otherwise he is nothing.

  4. Thanks for your comments. Some people change their names because it is difficult to pronounce or too long. My cousin's name is Ambravaneswaran Ramasubramanian.

  5. Thanks for your comments Rajesh. I said I am thinking of voting for Rajesh.

  6. Thanks for your comments Sarala. A name is everything for a person. I agree. Also, a rose by any other name is a rose.

  7. Glad to see that there are no signs for Barack Odumbo.
    What kind of name is Barack Hussein Obama anyway?
    That name is not “presidential”…and definitely not two term presidential.
    That’s just a forked up African basketball player’s name…kind of like Dikembe Mutombo or Hakeem Olajuwon.

    Yeah…as if NObama was really born in the USA and has love for all Americans.
    If so, then why did NObama apply to a US college as a foreign student?

    Buck Ofama!

    Mitt Romney

  8. Thanks for your comments Mitt. I see you have been trained very well by that stupid guy, Donald Trump.

    Before going into Obama's name, look at your name. You also changed your name. You are originally from Tamil Nadu, India. Your name was Muttaal Ramani. Now Mitt Romney.

    (PS: In Tamil, muttaal means idiot.)

  9. So you are ready to cast your vote..is election day a holiday in US?
    I could exercise my franchise only once so far.It is always a big problem to get electoral cards for people who are always on the move.

  10. Thanks for your comments Chitra. Yes, I am ready to cast my vote. No, it is not a holiday in US. Voting booths are open from 6 am to 8 pm. You can also arrange, in advance, for postal voting.

  11. that's interesting ..!

    and i guess most of them must be hailing originally from Punjab in India by the way i understand their names :-)

    i wish if few of these good men can ever be a part of Indian politics and do some good for the country ..!

  12. Thanks for your comments Rahul. I don’t think any of these individuals can get a “ticket” to contest in India. There is a huge difference between India and USA. In India, the party decides which candidate will contest from which constituency. Therefore, the party leaders give tickets to people who are close to them including their relatives. Here in USA, the people decide who will contest on behalf of which party. Party leaders have no say in this matter.

  13. Although not inclined towards news about politics, I enjoyed the 3 presidential debates and followed them avidly :) I didn't know about Indians, ABCDs standing for elections. Wow, that's a huge step.

  14. Thanks for your comments lostworld. Like you, I am also happy Indian origin people try to blend into the mainstream.

  15. Elections here are always about one thing - Lies / deceit!!

    I somehow don't respect our leaders sheerly for this one quality and don't feel like even voting for them :/

  16. Thanks for your comments Me. It is slightly better here in USA.