Aftab Pureval Of Indian-Tibetan Descent Wins Democratic Primary In US

Aftab Pureval, an American of Indian-Tibetan descent, has won a Democratic party primary

Washington:  Aftab Karma Singh Pureval, an American of Indian-Tibetan descent, has won the Democratic primary for the first congressional district of Ohio, but faces a Himalayan task of defeating a 11-time Republican Congressman. But the 35-year-old, who was the first Democrat to get elected as the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts in more than 100 years, says climbing the Himalayas is in his DNA. Congressman Steve Chabot has represented the seat since 1995 from the Republican bastion.  “I am the first Tibetan-American to run for the Congress, Mr Pureval told news agency PTI in an interview.”My story is improbably American. I am the son of a refugee. My mother was born in Tibet and she was forced to flee her home country along with my grandparents,” he said.

He said, his grandparents and his mother made their way through the Himalayas to Nepal and entered India where she grew up as a refugee.

His mother studied in a school in Mysore and later went to Delhi for college education, where she met his Punjabi father. “My (paternal) grandfather was in the Indian Army (Brig. Ajit Singh),” he said, adding that after marriage, his parents moved to the US and settled in Ohio, where he was born in 1982.

Mr Pureval said it came as a surprise to him after he won unopposed the primary last week, when he was told that he is the first Tibetan American to run for the Congress.

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