Biden Speech Writer Still Has Telugu Roots 


 (Someswar Bhagwat)   

In my earlier series on the Telugu world, I had mentioned several times that the great men and women of Telugu origin who had been achievers in the US were Telugus only in name and were Americans.
Most of them identify with the US and have no links with their native land. In fact, the ‘Iyer girl’, who  became the furst woman in US history to be the Vice-President and may even be in the White House is a Kamala only in name and has always seen herself as a Black and daughter of a Jamaican, Harris. Many went a step ahead to highlight her links with anti-Indian proponents of mass conversion and pointed out she is a devout Christian. She is predicted to back those opposing India on Kashmir and was not an ‘Iyer’ at all.
All this did not prevent the Tamil Nadu village of her grandfather from putting up hoardings and banners in her support or from celebrating her victory.
Telangana reporters have not gone to Pothireddypeta village of Karimnagar district to  find out its response to Vinay’s inclusion in the Biden team, which has over 16 Indians,Vinay being the only one if Telugu origin.
It was from this villlage that his father, Narayan Reddy, went to Hyderabad to do MBBS before he went as recently as 1970 to settle down. Vinay was born in Ohio to Vijaya Reddy. He is the middle one of three sons.
Significantly, both his parents are from India and they regularly visit it (last in February. 2020). As they could not have left their infant children in the US, Vinay too must have come here as a child — unlike most others of Indian origin in the team.
So, it appears that Vinay still has roots in and links to the Telugu land, though he may not be able to read or even understand Telugu. He lives in New York with his wife and two daughters.
The other Vinay in US politics is also of Telugu origin. And, also a  Democrat. Both, born in  the US, are not IT engineers, which they would have been if born in AP or Telangana.