Morocco-born Najat Vallaud-Belkacem could be an important and conspicuous face of Francoise Hollande set-up, if the Socialist party candidate were to win the presidential election on May 6. Winsome Najat was there on TV5Monde taking on questions as she is part of Hollande's election team. She was also advisor and spokesperson of Segolene Royale in the 2007 presidential election.
Najat has graduated from Paris Institute of Political Studies (Institut d'etudes politique de Paris) in 2002, and she joined the Socialist party the same year. She was married to fellow-student Boris Vallad in 2005. She has been elected Conseillere Generale for Rhone in 2008.
What is the importance of Najat apart from her very bright attractive face? She seems to be standing for all the liberal values in a polity, and that she has been able to make her way up in French politics and the Socialist Party. What we hear about French politics is generally the grave discrimination that north Africans, especially Muslims, face in the land of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. And we have read about the riots in the suburbs populated by the north African immigrants. Najat should be a good contrast to Islamophobic Brigitte Bardot and the far right Marine Le Pen. There is hope for France and for the world.
It would be nice if India could provide opportunity and place for an immigrant like Najat. I would want to see a Dhaka-born or Lahore-born immigrant from recent times -- not the ones who came to India in 1947 but those who came to India in the 1990s to make it to the Congress or the BJP (!!!) and even the communist parties to become a legislator at the local, state and the national level. It is on that day that Indians can claim to belong to a liberal democracy.
Najat was born in a Moroccan village and came to France to join her father at the age of 5 in 1982.