Indian People That Influence America
The people of Indian decent have been on the rise in the U.S.A. The United States Census reports the population of people from India in the U.S.A has increased from 1.68 million people in the year 2000 to 2.86 million people in 2010.
Thats an increase of almost of 1.2 million people (70%). In 2000 the India population accounted for 0.6% of the population to an increase of 0.9% of the U.S. population.
All 50 U.S. states had an increase in the population of people from India in that 10 year time period and that number continues to grow. That number has also made people of Indian descent more powerful and influential in the U.S.A. Comedians, actors, politicians, and other dignitaries
Viral Vice reviewed several sources including the U.S. Census, Huffington Post, Wealth WrapUp, and Rediff to compile a list of the most influential Indian/Americans in the U.S.A.
Nina Davuluri was born in Syracuse in the state of New York. As a child Davuluri would spend her summers in Vijayawada with her grandmother. In college she attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In college she joined a sorority and was part of the Indian dance squad.
Nina Davuluri began competing in beauty pageants in college. As a Freshman she won Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen and was runner up the following year. After college Nina would return to pageants eventually winning Miss New York in 2012 and eventually Miss America in 2013.
Born Kalpen Suresh Modi, Kal Penn is an actor, film producer and formally part of U.S> President Obama’s administration. Kal Penn was born born in Montclair, New Jersey in 1977. He attended college at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) where he majored in both film and sociology.
Penn is most known for his acting, appearing in movies “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder”, “Malibu’s Most Wanted”, and the famously popular “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”.
Kalpana Chawla was Indian-American astronaut born in Karnal, India. Her accomplishments include being the First Indian-American woman in space and second Indian person (Rakesh Sharma was the first) in space. Chawla received her bachelors degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Punjab Engineering College at Chandigarh. After graduation she moved to the U.S.A where she earned a Master of Science in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas in Arlington.
After an 8 year career working for NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Chawla was on her 2nd mission from space when the space ship disintegrated over the state of Texas. She was on the Space Shuttle Columbia returning from STS-107 mission at the international space station. This hero died at age 40.
Sunny Leone, who’s birth name is Karenjit Kaur Vohra, is an Indian born in the Province of Ontario in Canada before moving to the U.S.A with her family at age 13.
Sunny Leone started her entertainment career in the adult entertainment business. She was studying nursing in California when she was introduced to a “Penthouse Magazine” photographer. She was named Penthouse Girl of the Month.
Leone had mentioned her desire to act in Bollywood Films. Royal Magazine reports Sunny was approached by Bollywood film director Mohit Suri for a role in his film “Kalyug” but turned down the offer because they could not pay her high acting fee.
Leone has appeared on Indian Television shows including “Big Boss” and the Mahesh Bhatt produced “Jism 2” and has since appeared in 7 other Hindi language films.
Vikas Khanna is an Indian-American celebrity Chef based out of New York City. Khanna has written several popular cookbooks, earned the prestigious Michelin Star, and one of the most popular Indian cuisine restaurants in the U.S.A.
The 43 year old superstar chef was born in Amritsar, India. After completing studies from Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration in Manipal, Vikas Khanna worked for several high profile chefs including Gordon Ramsey and Bobby Flay.
Khanna is the cofounder and co-owner of New York City’s Junoon restuarant which is ranked in the top 10 Indian cuisine restaurants according to the Huffington Post. Chef Khanna is also preparing for season 4 of the Ini hit series “MasterChef India”
Mindy Kaling who’s birth name is Vera Mindy Chokalingam is a television comedic actress, writer and producer. She is currently the star of the hit sitcom “The Mindy Porject” on America’s Fox Network.
Mindy Kaling was born in Cambridge in the state of Massachusetts. Kaling had a privileged upbringing, her mother a doctor and her father an architect she attending private schools through college attending the elite Dartmouth College receiving a bachelors degree in Playwriting.
The very funny and quirky Mindy Kaling got her first role in the 2005 Hollywood film “The 40 Year Old Virgin”. Shortly after she landed a role on the hit series “The Office” for 7 years before she got her own sitcom “The Mindy Project”.
Deepak Chopra was born in New Delhi, India. He attended school St. Columba’s School from grades 1-12 and then wen ton to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences earning a degree as a medical physician.
At age 24 Chopra moved to the U.S.A where he trained and specialized in endocrinology. He later was promoted to Chief of Staff at the New England Memorial Hospital.
Padma Lakshmi is a very busy and talented woman. Born in Chennai, India she comes from a family of educated people. When Padma was young her parents separated and her mother moved to the New York City. She spent time between Chennai, Tamil Nadu and New York City, New York.
Padma started her celebrity career as a model when she was only 18 years of age. She was fortunate enough to model for world class designers like Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren. She later began writing cookbooks which won her the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in 1999. In 2010, Top Chef won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition.
Aziz Ansari is a stand up comedian and comedic actor. Born in the city of Columbia in the state of South Carolina, Aziz claims he was the only Indian Family in town. His standup comedy routine continues to enlighten us on his experiences including his love for good southern-food which outshines he hate for southern-racism.
After high school Aziz attended New York University majoring in Marketing. He began performing standup comedy in small New York City clubs and for friends on campus. Aziz quickly outshined other comedians to eventually get casted in the Film School For Scoundrels after which he appeared in several large-budge films including “Funny People” (Adam Sandler and Seth Rogan) and “Get Him to the Greek” (Johah Hill and Russell Brand).