Amer­ica’s Desi Trump Card

The Economic Times - - Saturday Feature - Ishani Dut­tagupta

Don­ald Trump may have lost the Wis­con­sin state pri­mary, but In­di­anAmer­i­can pro­fes­sor Amar Dev Amar still firmly be­lieves that the Repub­li­can fron­trun­ner Don­ald Trump will be­come the next US pres­i­dent. Amar, who went to the US as a stu­dent al­most four decades ago, and is now a busi­ness man­age­ment pro­fes­sor at Se­ton Hall Univer­sity in New Jersey, is the pres­i­dent of the In­dian-Amer­i­cans for Trump 2016, a po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tee that was reg­is­tered early this year with the aim of garner­ing sup­port for Trump as the next pres­i­dent of Amer­ica.

“Over my 44 years of ob­serv­ing, study­ing, writ­ing and en­gag­ing in Amer­i­can eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal sys­tems, I have not come across any pres­i­dent or pres­i­den­tial can­di­date who has such a good grasp of Amer­ica’s prob­lems, a vi­sion to solve them, and the power to de­liver so­lu­tions,” says Amar, who feels that it’s time for the In­dian Amer­i­can com­mu­nity to show strong sup­port for Trump as pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

Amar con­tested for the US Congress from New Jersey’s Dis­trict 7 in 2008 as a Repub­li­can can­di­date him­self. He now feels that Trump, too, has a very sim­i­lar po­lit­i­cal agenda to what he had back then. But it’s not just per­sonal re­gard for Trump. Amar finds a great deal of sup­port for him among the In­di­anAmer­i­cans com­mu­nity, the rea­son why he formed the In­dian-Amer­i­cans for Trump 2016. The man­age­ment guru and pro­fes­sor sees a lot of value in Trump’s views that Amer­ica’s prob­lems are due to the de­cline of its econ­omy, caused by an un­con­trolled and per­fo­rated bor­der. “By ad­dress­ing trade prob­lems, we will be able to re­vive our econ­omy, bring back jobs, build the tax base and re­cir­cu­late money in the eco­nomic sys­tem,” Amar said. Amar is also a strong sup­porter of Trump’s ex­treme im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy.

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