Joe Biden’s elusive quest for ‘Biden from Mumbai’ continues


Washington, August 21

When Joe Biden was elected as one of many youngest US senators in 1972, one of many first letters that he acquired was from Mumbai, with the sender having the identical final title as his.

About 5 years in the past, the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee discovered that there are 5 Bidens residing in Mumbai, however might be but to make a reference to them.

The ‘Biden from Mumbai’, then referred to as Bombay, had congratulated Biden on his election because the senator from Delaware and advised him that they have been associated to one another.

Biden, then 29, wished to observe up on the letter and get in contact with the ‘Biden from Mumbai’. However, his household and lively life in politics meant that this want remained a want, one thing he nonetheless needs to fulfil practically 5 a long time later.

The want could have remained unfulfilled, however the 77-year-old Biden by no means misses an opportunity to relate the ‘Biden from Mumbai’ story when he meets Indian-Americans and the Indian leaders.

The former vice chairman assures them that he too has an India connection, nevertheless, distant it is likely to be.

In his deal with to the Bombay Stock Exchange, Mumbai, on July 24, 2013, throughout his maiden go to to India because the Vice President of the US, he went off-script to relate his story of the ‘Biden from Mumbai’.

“It’s an honour to be again in India and to be right here in Mumbai. Off script for a second right here, I used to be reminded – I used to be elected to the United States Senate once I was a 29-year-old child again in 1972, and one of many first letters I acquired and I remorse I by no means adopted up on it. Maybe, some genealogist in viewers can observe up for me, however I acquired a letter from a gentleman named Biden – Biden, my title – from Mumbai, asserting that we have been associated,” Biden had advised the viewers amidst peals of laughter.

“Seriously. Suggesting that our mutual, great, great, great, something or other worked for the East India Trading Company back in the 1700s and came to Mumbai,” Biden stated.

A couple of years later at one other speech in Washington DC, Biden stated that their forefathers have been similar, who labored for the East India Company and visited India then.

“He (Biden from Mumbai) went back to our mutual great, great, great grandfather, 1848, who was a British captain in the East India Tea Company. And he married I believe an Indian woman. And he settled in India,” Biden stated in his deal with to the US India Business Council on September 21, 2015.

“And so I was thinking about it, if that’s true, I might run here in India for office. I might be qualified (to run for elected office in India). But I’ve never followed up on it (the letter from Biden from Mumbai),” Biden advised the Mumbai viewers in 2013, who couldn’t cease laughing at it.

“But now that I’m back for the multiple times, I’m going to follow up to find out whether there is a Biden and whether we’re related. I hope he’s in good standing if we are,” he stated, evoking bouts of laughter from the viewers.

In the Washington DC occasion hosted by US Indian Business Council, Biden stated {that a} day after his Mumbai speech, a journalist gave him an inventory of 5 Bidens residing in Mumbai.

“The next day the press, I guess trying to prove that I was probably making this up – because I never followed up. It was right after I got elected, and then some things happened in my family, and I never followed up. One reporter stood up and gave me the names of five Bidens in Mumbai,” he stated.

“So, show me more respect,” Biden has advised the Washington DC viewers whereas asserting his Indian connection.

“You know what I mean? I didn’t realise I had so many… And I haven’t actually followed up and embarrassed the Bidens in Mumbai. But the point is, it makes it even clearer what a small, small world this is and how this global economy is suited for, quite frankly, the two largest democracies in the world,” Biden stated in 2015. PTI 



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