Portugal: PM among government leaders highlighted by Indian Diaspora Organisation

Portugal’s prime minister, António Costa, is one of the names highlighted in the 2021 edition of Indiaspora, an organisation that publicises the achievements of the Indian diaspora, and this year also includes the vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris.  

The 2021 list released this week by Indiaspora includes more than 200 leaders of the Indian diaspora who have risen to the highest positions of government in 15 countries around the world, said the website of the organisation, founded in 2012 by an Indian-origin entrepreneur, M. R. Rangaswami, who made a career in California’s Silicon Valley.

Costa is one of the highlights in a video released on the organisation’s website, with heads of government and ministers of Indian descent around the world, including Kamala Harris, vice president of the United States since January, whose mother was born in Chennai, in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

In Portugal, besides Costa – son of a Goan father and the first European head of government of Indian origin – the list compiled by the organisation includes yet another minister of Goan origin, Ângelo Nelson de Souza, who was born in Goa in 1954 and came to Portugal with his family when he was seven.

According to Indiaspora, there are currently four countries with heads of government of Indian origin: besides António Costa, there is also the president of Suriname, Chandrikapersad Santokhi, elected in May 2020, the president of Guyana, Mohamed Irfaan Ali, who took office in August 2020, and the prime minister and president of Mauritius, Pravind Jugnauthe and Prithvirajsing Roopun, respectively.

The organisation’s website also lists three vice-presidents of Indian descent (Kamala Harris, in the US, Leo Varadkar, in Ireland, and Bharrat Jagdeo, in Guyana), in addition to dozens of ministers in countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, the United States, and Singapore, among others.

Indiaspora also aggregates names of diplomats and businessmen of Indian descent around the world.