For hundreds of years, there have been trade links between the horn of Africa, Arabia and the Indian West coast. There are several communities on the Malabar coast of India who are African in origin. And of course, several Arab and Persian trading communities too.
The reason I bring this up is that Swahili seems to have borrowed the words "Barak" and "Husayn" from Hebrew and Arabic. If they'd borrowed the corresponding Sanskrit-based words instead, we may be having a Prasad Mohan running for president.
Whether that would make it any easier for him, I don't know.