Washington Post: From Piyush to Bobby, has Jindal distanced himself from his Indian roots? _lowres

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and his wife Supriya Jindal arrive for a State Dinner hosted by President Barack Obama for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

When Bobby Jindal, formerly Piyush Jindal, was elected the first Indian American governor in U.S. history, residents of his father’s village of Khanpur, India, set off firecrackers, passed out sweets and danced in the streets, reports the Washington Post.

When Jindal rises Wednesday to declare his candidacy for president of the United States, the conservative Republican will probably tell the story of his family’s immigrant journey to the United States. Yet many see him as a man who has spent a lifetime distancing himself from his Indian roots.

“There’s not much Indian left in Bobby Jindal,” Pearson Cross, a political science professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette who is writing a book on the governor, told the newspaper.

See the Washington Post story here.