Times of India talks about Shalabh Kumar unveiling his daughter and political offspring Manasvi, the ‘American Congress Woman’ in the making

It’s been oddly riveting to watch Donald Trump’s ride to the White House with Indian-American Shalabh Kumar, who emerged as one of Trump’s top donors for his presidential campaign. He, along with his daughter Manasvi, has been steering the self-styled Republican Hindu Coalition (RHC), a small faction of fired-up Trump supporters resulting in the biggest switch of votes for an ethnic community in a US election.

In Mumbai for a day and dressed much like his commander-in-chief, Kumar walked into the room in a suit, red tie, and a stone studded ‘om’ pinned to his lapel as he laid down the rules for the interview, mandated as an unveiling of Manasvi, his god-daughter or political offspring.

“I’m already over exposed so this time I’m going to let Manasvi remain in focus,” he said introducing Manasvi, a Bollywood starlet and model. “She’s one Indian citizen who has spent more time up-close with Mr Donald Trump than the combination of all Indians in the world,” he smiled before doing a quick calculation. “

Kumar, clearly, had decided to let Manasvi take centrestage as he left his chair and retreated to a wall but remained cryptic when asked about creating his protege. “We’re like Janak and Sita. It’s about a soul connection, not a biological one.”

In a satin pant suit, her hourglass figure cinched together with an ovi belt, the freshly minted Republican beamed about the time she first met Trump. “It was at a rally organised by Kumar in New Jersey last October. I’ve been a former Miss India and he owned Miss Universe, so we got along. I had a different image of Trump because of media but soon realised that he’s very honest. He stands for the principles that RHC values-free enterprise, discipline, family values and fight against terrorism,” she carried on until the conversation veered from a celebration of Trump to rockier issues at hand-Muslim ban, tougher immigration norms and growing insecurity among Indians in the US following a slew of hate crimes.

Manasvi shot a sharp glance but answered. “It’s all blown out of proportion,” she said, repeating some of Trump’s controversial rhetoric and pausing for quick approvals from her father.

In true Trump style, both father and daughter Manasvi fielded questions with aplomb, defending and asserting that Indians in the US had no reason to worry. Holding forth on Manasvi once more, Kumar revealed his grooming tips for the “American Congress woman” in the making.

      /       Date: March 19, 2017       /       Publisher: Times Of India       /