YOGI contests and wins election in Japan; Becomes the first Ethnic Indian to achieve it

Someone rightly said that 21st century belongs to the Indians. Now the Indians have one more feather in their crown as “Yogi” has contested and won an election in Japan. Note that this Yogi is not the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

The man who has won the election in Japan is Yogendra Puranik, who is popularly known as “Yogi“. Yogendra Puranik is the first ethic Indian to achieve this historic feat. It was reported that “Puranik Yogendra, a naturalized Japanese, secured 6,477 votes, the fifth highest of the 226,561 valid ballots cast, in the April 21 poll, part of unified local elections held across Japan”.

Yogi Enters Japanese Politics: Yogendra Puranik Becomes First Ethnic Indian To Win An Election In Japan
Yogendra Puranik or YOGI

Yogi was backed by the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and after winning, he stated “I want to be a bridge between Japanese and foreigners”. News 18 reported “Edogawa Ward has the highest number of Indian residents among Tokyo’s 23 wards with 4,300 or so Indian nationals registered, accounting for more than 10 percent of Indians living in Japan. Over 34,000 Indians live in Japan”.

It was in the year 1997 when Puranik Yogendra stepped his foot in Japan for the first time. Since then he had worked in various prestigious companies in Japan and had lent a sharing hand to the 2011 earthquake victims. He stated “I felt the time had come for me to become Japanese” and went on to add “I want to be an assemblyman who can connect everyone regardless of nationality, age, or even disabilities, through my 20 years of living in Japan”.

Not just him, but if everything goes well, then we might see a Hindu-American as the president of the United States of America. It is none other than 37-year-old Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu elected to the US Congress, who had announced on January 11th that she would be running for the White House in 2020.