Hurrah for Jindal — I mean, Boo!

Bobby Jindal has just been elected governor of Louisiana, trouncing the opposition like Marion Jones onJindal
steroids. When he takes office in January, he will become the first Indian-American to lead a state. So Indian-Americans should be excited, right? Well, the vast majority of them are liberals, whereas Jindal is as conservative as they come. That’s why, all over the country, Indian-Americans were unsure how to react to Jindal’s victory. Let’s look at what happened in one household.

Manoj (jumping in living room): "Manju! Manju! Where’s the champagne? Jindal has won! Oh my God! I don’t believe it. A desi governor! I never thought I’d see the day. Look at him! He has brown skin like mine. And he’s skinny like me. Oh happy day!"

Manju (replying from kitchen): "Jindal won? Oh well. Good night! I’m going to bed."

Manoj: "Going to bed? What about the champagne? Aren’t we going to celebrate?"

Manju: "I didn’t buy the champagne. You told me not to, remember? You said Jindal is a Republican, that he’s George Bush with a tan. You called him U2, because he’s always selling out."

Manoj: "But he’s Indian-American! Look at him! He has done something great, opened the doors for all of us. Our son might run for governor, thanks to him."

Manju: "Our son might run from governor, thanks to him. He voted in favor of making the Patriot Act permanent."

Manoj: "But he’s Indian-American! Look at him!"

Manju: "He voted to cut $70 billion in taxes for the wealthiest Americans."

Manoj: "But he’s Indian-American! Look at him!"

Manju: "He voted for Jordin Sparks, not Sanjaya."

Manoj: "Bastard! Turn the TV off. Let’s go to bed."

If you enjoyed this piece, you'll love Melvin's novel Bala Takes the Plunge, available in North America through and You can also find it at major bookstores in India and Sri Lanka or online at FlipKart, IndiaPlaza, FriendsofBooks or other sites. A number of readers have written reviews of the novel. An excerpt of the novel can be read here.


  1. OK, for suggesting he’s a “sell-out,” I hate you!

  2. Posterity says:

    Your knowledge of political facts is just as deep as a 3 year old’s wading pool. In other words – very shallow. Don’t just jump on the reactionary anti-Republican bandwagon because it’ll make you look more cool among your big city friends.

  3. before elite browns rejoice another elite’s rise:

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