Trend spotting the women who matters - By Viral Bhayani
It's not only about the men. A lot of Indian-American women are now involved in US politics like 21-year-old Rachana Desai, who held a prestigious position in Al Gores 2000 presidential campaign. Her job entailed setting up state offices and dealing with the politics of the entire northeast corridor, which includes all areas north of Maryland. Desai also helped to coordinate the trips of campaign officials to these states.

Hillary Clintons facts and figures expert is yet another Indian, Neera Tanden, a University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) and Yale Law School graduate, who is her policy director and deputy campaign manager. She joined the First Ladys exploratory committee in July 1999, when the latter was considering running for retiring New York Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihans seat. Tanden, who moved to New York over a year-and-a-half ago was researching and developing policies for Clinton, prepping her for debates against Rick Lazio, and helping her to challenge him. Successfully.

But perhaps the most visible Indian-American woman was Nanda Chitre, Bill Clintons special assistant and Assistant Press Secretary, who was always upfront when Clinton was in Colombia and Princess Diana died. She was also an important member of Clintons advance team to India.

Courtesy Sunday Review, Times of India.

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