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Updated: May 24, 2013 23:02 IST

‘Trailblazer’ Srinivasan gets bipartisan confirmation

Narayan Lakshman
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Srikanth Srinivasan. Photo:PTI
Srikanth Srinivasan. Photo:PTI

I'm pleased, says Obama

Srikanth “Sri” Srinivasan (46), the Chandigarh-born, Harvard-educated Obama nominee to the Federal Appeals Court DC Circuit, received bipartisan confirmation in a 97-0 vote by the Senate and set off speculation that he may go on to become the first ever Indian-American judge in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The President appeared relieved, even pleased, with the confirmation of Mr. Srinivasan after his first nominee to the Circuit Court post, New York prosecutor Caitlin Halligan, was rejected by Republicans and she was forced to withdraw from the race.

In a statement following Mr. Srinivasan’s confirmation Mr. Obama said, “I’m pleased the Senate unanimously confirmed Sri Srinivasan to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Sri is a trailblazer who personifies the best of America.”

Mr. Obama added that Mr. Srinivasan would be the first ever South Asian-American to serve as a circuit court judge in U.S.’ history. He, however, underscored that the Senate’s action marked the first confirmation “to this important court in seven years”, and that there were three remaining vacancies to be filled.

India’s Ambassador to the U.S. Nirupama Rao welcomed Mr. Srinivasan’s elevation, describing it as “a matter of great pride and satisfaction for India and the Indian American community”.

Although Mr. Srinivasan’s father, a college mathematics professor, hailed from the South Indian hamlet of Mela Thiruvenkatanathapuram, near Tirunelveli, Mr. Srinivasan grew up in Lawrence, Kansas, following his family’s migration to the U.S. in the late 1960s.

An avid fan of college basketball, Mr. Srinivasan and his siblings were said to have become “so americanised that they would travel long distances to see their beloved Jayhawks move through the NCAA brackets”.

Mr. Srinivasan has a JD/MBA from Stanford University under his beltClerking first for 4th Circuit Appeals Court Judge Harvie Wilkinson III and then for Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, he won praise for being collegial and non-partisan.

He was in the role of Principal Deputy Solicitor General till his confirmation. Mr. Srinivasan has argued more than 20 cases for the Justice Department at the Supreme Court, first for the Bush administration and then for the Obama one. Most recently, he was in the limelight for arguing the Obama administration’s high-profile challenge to the Defence of Marriage Act last month.

Two Srinivasans hit the headline this week. Only one of them has done us proud and that is this gentleman.

from:  Hariharan
Posted on: May 25, 2013 at 10:22 IST

He is American. So no one really cares. He was born in India and moved immediately
to US does not make him Indian. We should stop claiming folks to be Indian. It is
silly.

from:  namasya namaha
Posted on: May 25, 2013 at 09:34 IST

Though seemingly Mr.Srinivasan who has been selected for the Appeals
court is a partisan of Obama's party, here is hoping that he would not
be swayed by politics and sticks to the letter of the Law. He will win
more accolades then.

The present system of parties in power selecting judges and they in
turn showing their gratitude to the party's line on crucial issues is
a travesty.

Veevip Sarathy

from:  Veevip Sarathy
Posted on: May 25, 2013 at 08:53 IST

The President, Mr. Obama, had done a marvelous act of proposing the meritorious candidate, Mr S. Srinivasan, an Asian American, for the highest position in Judiciary. India should really be proud of its noble son. What was really baffling for me was the bi-partition confirmation 97-0. It speaks volumes of moral integrity of American Democratic System. May God bless America for being a role model in a multiracial society.

from:  Louis S. Venugopal
Posted on: May 25, 2013 at 08:06 IST

Though credit goes to Obama for nominating him, most noteworthy is unanimous
(97-0) confirmation by Senate. US Senate is highly partisan and the confirmation vote
proves Mr. Srinivasan's credentials are impressive and also perceived as so.

from:  Annaji Garimella
Posted on: May 25, 2013 at 08:06 IST

For a relief the name "Srinivasan" is in the news for good reasons.

from:  Kamakoti
Posted on: May 25, 2013 at 07:56 IST

Srinivasan elevation is beneficial to a great nation like US, but
indeed it is a loss for our country.Such talents are never encouraged by
us,but we miss the opportunity to think why Indian shine outside only.

from:  Yasin Ishaque Syed
Posted on: May 25, 2013 at 07:49 IST

Congrats Mr Srinivasan! We are waiting for the day you become the Judge
of the Supreme Court, following the footsteps of your illustrious former
boss Sandra Day O'Connor.

from:  N Saikrishnan
Posted on: May 25, 2013 at 07:06 IST

Well, the Indian news papers still believe in Hero worshiping. Indians
here in USA are not happy with India's reservation policy, redundant
social welfare schemes, notorious police, snail-pace judiciary etc.
I hope Mr. Sri will find some time to travel to India, and address
the Indians about reforms needed on the above subjects.

from:  Murthy
Posted on: May 25, 2013 at 03:27 IST

There is no reason to congratulate Obama for this. Mr. Srinivasan is a American born American citizen, he had the required qualification to be put in to this job. We can be proud he is of Indian origin, but anyone here in US will be able to achieve anything they want provided they are a citizen. I think this is the nice way of saying "So what".

from:  Raj
Posted on: May 25, 2013 at 01:47 IST

What is all this going ga ga about the elevation of Srinivasan srikanth to the judicial bench in the USA. He is a citizen of the US not an Indian mind We must all realise that there are many Indians who have chosen to becitizens of the USA and we Indians cannot claim any credit as these persons have excelled in their own milieu whichis so different from the muck we have here.

from:  subbanarasu divakaran
Posted on: May 25, 2013 at 01:08 IST

The 97-0 vote in the divided Senate speaks volumes of Srinivasan's credentials, the
system's ability to rise above partisan bickering when taking decisions of far reaching
implications and of course, Obama's laser focus on merit and performance.

from:  Ramakrishnan
Posted on: May 25, 2013 at 00:45 IST

I hope, unlike Obama, he always obeys the constitution and not just when
it is convenient.

from:  vijay
Posted on: May 24, 2013 at 23:53 IST

He is not Harvard-educated as mentioned in the article. He got his
undergraduate law degree from Stanford University. It is indeed a proud
feeling to see an Indian-American reach such great heights.

from:  Srinivasan Ramakrishnan
Posted on: May 24, 2013 at 22:15 IST

Congratulations Sir and respect.

from:  kulkarni
Posted on: May 24, 2013 at 18:53 IST

It's bizarre that we continue to derive pleasure in reporting and
reading articles about second and third generation people of Indian
origin, who are citizens of another country, and really have nothing
to do with the subcontinent other than perhaps their name, outer
features. FYI, there are Indians who have been in S.Africa from the
1800s who don't feel Indian at all and why should they? But it would
be ridiculous for people in India to draw some satisfaction at their
achievements, when they're no different from Zulus or Afrikaaners?

If we are so excited about the laurels of people like Mr. Srinivasan,
which is commendable irrespective of his origins, why don't we also
feel ashamed at the way say the Guptas have been behaving in S.Africa,
exploiting government loop holes to land a private jet carrying
ministers from UP, at a military base in S.Africa, just to have a
private wedding of their family member? Why this double standards in
our "feelings"

from:  sriram
Posted on: May 24, 2013 at 13:40 IST

As much as we see the achievement of a member of the Indian diaspora, we must also realize what the US administrations stands for in recognizing human capital irrespective of race/colour/creed. Examplary!

from:  Venky Dev
Posted on: May 24, 2013 at 13:22 IST

Congratulations to President Mr Obama. You will soon find that your selection and the nomination is really deserving.

from:  V.S. Balasubramanian
Posted on: May 24, 2013 at 12:56 IST

Congratulations Mr.Srinivasan. we are proud of your achievement.

from:  Saagars
Posted on: May 24, 2013 at 12:27 IST

It's a matter of great pride for we Indians and a proof of fairness of secular Obama.

from:  Ali Akhtar Khan
Posted on: May 24, 2013 at 12:16 IST
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