Bobby Jin­dal’s work ethic

The Covington News - - RELIGION -

I was over at the New­ton County Li­brary brows­ing through the news mag­a­zines when I saw this story, “The first In­dian-Amer­i­can Gov­er­nor has a plan for Louisiana.” A Na­tive-Amer­i­can had been elected Gov­er­nor, I thought. Well, it is about time that those who came to this coun­try first get a voice in how it is run. It is sur­pris­ing that this hasn’t been on the news. Then I read the story. The gov­er­nor elect is named Bobby Jin­dal. He is a sec­ond gen­er­a­tion Amer­i­can. His par­ents are im­mi­grants from In­dia. They are eth­nic Pun­jabi peo­ple, and Bobby’s real name is Amar Raj. In the news ar­ti­cle, “In­dian-Amer­i­can” was not a ref­er­ence to Na­tive Amer­i­cans; it was a ref­er­ence to peo­ple from In­dia who are now Amer­i­cans. I should have known this. Then, I won­dered, why is it that th­ese In­di­ans seem to do so much bet­ter than own In­di­ans?

Ac­cord­ing to the 2000 Cen­sus, the me­dian house­hold in­come of In­di­anAmer­i­cans was $70,708. The na­tional me­dian is $ 50,046. The Na­tive Amer­i­can me­dian house­hold in­come is only $ 33,627. In­dian-Amer­i­cans are re­ported to own 50 per­cent of all econ­omy lodg­ing and 37 per­cent of all ho­tels in the U.S. And ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Physi­cians of In­dian Ori­gin, there are close to 41,000 In­dian Amer­i­can doc­tors. Just last month In­dra Nooyi, an In­dian wo­man, was named CEO of Pep­siCo. In­dian-Amer­i­cans have done very well in Amer­ica. Why is that?

Ac­cord­ing to In­dian-Amer­i­can busi­ness man and Duke Univer­sity ad­junct pro­fes­sor, Vivek Wad­hwa, In­dian-Amer­i­cans are suc­cess­ful be­cause of ed­u­ca­tion, fam­ily ex­pec­ta­tions and sup­port, hu­mil­ity, and hard work. Over 63.9 per­cent of In­di­ans over 25 years old have at least a bach­e­lor’s de­gree, com­pared with the na­tional av­er­age of 24.4 per­cent. “In­di­ans be­lieve that ed­u­ca­tion is the best way to rise above poverty and hard­ship.” In­dian young adults are ex­pected by their fam­i­lies to work hard and to make sac­ri­fices.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr. Wad­hwa, “ Leav­ing so­cial sta­tus be­hind in his home coun­try and work­ing his way up from the bot­tom of the lad­der in an adopted land is a hum­bling process.”

The fam­ily has be­come the sup­port net­work. In­stead of look­ing for the gov­ern­ment to help them out, they are pre­pared to help each other out.

You see th­ese traits in the Louisiana Gov­er­nor Elect Bobby Jin­dal. He has worked hard, grad­u­at­ing with hon­ors from Brown Univer­sity, at­tained a mas­ter’s de­gree from Ox­ford Univer­sity as a Rhodes Scholar and has worked his way up through po­si­tions in state and fed­eral gov­ern­ment. He was elected to Congress in 2003 and now elected the next gov­er­nor of Louisiana.

What was it again — ed­u­ca­tion, fam­ily ex­pec­ta­tions and sup­port, hu­mil­ity, and hard work? This for­mula could work for any fam­ily in Amer­ica try­ing to get ahead. In­stead of look­ing for the gov­ern­ment to do some­thing for you, go to work do­ing some­thing for your­self. This is also what the Bi­ble teaches. Solomon wrote, “ Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty!” ( Proverbs 14: 23, NLT). The work- ethic of the In­dian- Amer­i­cans is a good re­minder to all Amer­i­cans of what it takes to suc­ceed.

John Donaldson

Colum­nist

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