After a decade of quietly building behind-the-scenes influence, Indian Americans are entering public and political life in record numbers.
Prayers are held at Shiva Vishnu Temple in Lanham on Aug. 11. Saturdays, a holy day for Hindus, draw families not only from the surrounding area but nearby states. After a decade of keeping low profiles, Indian Americans in the Washington area — as well as in California, Pennsylvania and other states — are entering public and political life in record numbers. Dayna Smith/For The Washington Post