D’Souza is a Republican, which is why he made this film with an obvious political agenda in time for the next U.S. elections. Why am I not surprised? Because among the Indian communities in the U.S., it always appeared to me that a majority of immigrants from India, supported the Republican party.
This was true even for the my parents’ friends who lived there. They’d anxiously explain to me how the Democrats were trying to turn the U.S. into a depraved country, by apparently promoting gayness (like it’s a new religion?); by destroying culture and traditions (i.e. being open to inter-faith and inter-race unions); and the worst, the democrats take the money of the rich and use it to create welfare programs for the “lazy” poor!
The conservative approach of the Republicans appealed greatly to the older generation of Indian immigrants, most of who stuck to their cloistered communities and traditions, even as they focused on the one thing they were there in the U.S. to do – earn well, and live well. Hence, Indian Americans who enter politics continue to fight for the Republican platform. There is Bobby Jindal who is governor for Louisiana and Nikki Haley, governor for South Carolina, both of who incidentally also dropped their Indian religions and names, and replaced them with Christianity and anglicized names.
Interestingly, many of the other migrant, minority communities always looked upon the Democrats more favorably because they’ve saw them as being more tolerant of immigration, and more embracing of racial and cultural diversity. But this appeared not to factor in, into how Indian Americans made their political preferences. And the reason I think is in how Indian Americans have historically responded to racism. They’ve chosen to pretend it does not exist or else it’s not so bad that they can’t live with it!!
When in college in the U.S., I had visited one of my mother’s friend’s who had a 13-year-old girl. This girl was sent to a very expensive, exclusive, private school where she was the only colored child. She was a very shy and quiet girl, and an A+ student. But one of her teachers took an instinctive dislike to her. He would pick on her in class all the time, blame her for any kind of disruption, and periodically fling chalks or a duster at her, calling her names. The girl would come home crying, and her mother would scold her. “You must have done something wrong!” One time I tried suggesting the word: racism. I mean what other reason could there be? Her mother turned around and said, “I don’t put ideas like that into my daughter’s head. If you believe racism exists, you will see it everywhere.”
I found this attitude left the Indian Americans stranded like psychological refugees in a land, where they made money, bought big houses and cars, and realized the big American dream. And yet always felt like “aliens” on a planet they didn’t feel was HOME. They felt like they had to pander to the racism and bigotry that humiliated them, instead of confronting it. As a human, I personally feel entitled to participate fully – with all the rights and responsibilities, on any piece of land I inhabit. Otherwise I am not human! And I often thought – how can they live like this? How do they live out their entire lives in exile – like strangers?
But I am glad to hear that tide is turning. The younger, second generation Indians are largely supporting the Democratic party – apparently 85% of them support Obama!! They realize that even if they want to make money, get rich, and live the American dream, they still want a platform that will allow their differences and diversity an equal and valid footing in the American landscape.