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IT WAS A MATTER OF TIME before the highest political offices in the West came to be occupied by ‘Kamala’, ‘Rishi’ and ‘Priti’. There is something altogether thrilling about the familiarity with which these names roll of four tongues, and the affinity we feel is not wholly invented. We share with today’s US vice-president and Britain’s chancellor a cultural heritage that goes beyond the oftentimes limiting tropes of nationality and genealogy. When Priti Patel, UK’s home secretary, speaks to her Conservative Party colleagues about the value of seva (service) in Manchester, she is making Indianness a part of their discourse.

In a year when discussions about race and identity seem to have radically altered, we see immigrants owning their narratives like never before. But while there is, on the one hand, a clear, new confidence with which the Indian diaspora is now doing its business, we also see that they are demonstrating a greater responsibility towards the world in which they live. Having been made Microsoft chairman this year, Satya Nadella has shown an earnest commitment towards reducing his company’s carbon footprint. Despite record profits, ArcelorMittal Group executive chairman Lakshmi Mittal is, similarly, just as concerned about the environment.

Some NRIs have also proven true that Indian adage—it is invariably our own people who come to our aid when we are in peril. As Covid exacerbated concerns about our health and economy, it was Soumya Swaminathan, the WHO’s chief scientist, who helped us prepare better for adversity, and it was the IMF’s Gita Gopinath who gave us an economic roadmap for recovery. Be it a simple Google search or fighting the pandemic, there now seems to be an Indian hand in everything. This is our best moment.

1 KAMALA HARRIS, 57

VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

HEALING TOUCH

BECAUSE Prime Minister Narendra Modi was right when he said she is a source of “inspiration for so many around the world”. As the first woman, the first African-American, and the first South Asian-American to be elected Vice-President of the United States, Harris has come to signify both hope and possibility

BECAUSE she has taken to heart her mother Shyamala Gopalan's lesson— When you see a problem, don't complain. Do something to make it right.” Having inherited from Donald Trump a divided US, her strategy from the start has been to “unify and heal”

BECAUSE she doesn't shy away from difficult conversations. Meeting Vietnamese leaders in August, she asked them to release political dissidents. In September, she even reminded Modi that it is imperative we defend democratic principles and institutions within our respective countries

FAMILY FIRST Harris's husband, Douglas Emhoff, has said that she never loses sight of what is truly important-family. Even at the peak of her campaign, she would keep tabs on everyone and often send him videos and photos from the road

2 RISHI SUNAK, 41

UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer

NURSING BACK TO WEALTH

BECAUSE he has helped Britain’s economy survive the pandemic. More pragmatist than ideologue, he found a way of managing the UK’s colossal spending and borrowing

BECAUSE he is loved by even those he taxes. Even though Sunak’s tax rates were the highest in 50-odd years, polls showed he is admired by the British people at large

BECAUSE he acknowledges the role that race plays in one’s personal and public life. In his first speech to Parliament, he joked about how his Yorkshire constituents often teased him about his “tan”

HEADSTART Sunak studied at prestigious institutions like Winchester College, Oxford and Stanford University. He even co-founded a large investment firm and worked with companies in Silicon Valley and Bengaluru. For these opportunities, he often thanks his parents. His father was an NHS family GP, while his mother ran a local chemist shop. It was here that Sunak first added numbers and health

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