President Barack Obama has made a prudent decision by nominating Sonia Sotomayor for the US Supreme Court, as her nomination will impart a characteristic to the court that it does not have at the moment. It will offer a dollop of ethnic diversity to a court packed with white men. After four days of Senate hearings, Sotomayor has got a sporting chance of notching up confirmation. The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on Sotomayor's nomination by the end of July and a full Senate vote is likely during the first week of August. She is virtually certain to win over all 60 Democrats in the Senate as well as a number of moderate Republicans and so she is a shoo-in. After confirmation, she would be the US Supreme Court's first Hispanic and third female justice ever appointed by a Democratic president in 15 years. She would join three other liberals and five conservatives on the nine members of the Supreme Court. Sotomayor is of Puerto Rican descent and was born in the Bronx, a borough of New York City. Her father died when she was just 9 and was thereafter raised by her mother. She was first appointed to the federal district court for the Southern District of New York by Republican President George H W Bush in 1991 and then elevated to the Circuit Court, one of the nation's most prestigious, by Democratic President Clinton in 1998. If we analyse the situation and have a sober reflection, it comes out that Obama's nomination of Sotomayor is a spot-on decision. There is not a scintilla of doubt in Obama's statement that he has chosen Sotomayor after an exhaustive process and that she is an inspiring woman. She is fully qualified for the Supreme Court on account of her intellect, experience of various legal aspects and commitment to the rule of law. She has got a vast range of experience which is more dynamic than the experience of any judge currently sitting in the US Supreme Court. She possesses expertise in nearly all aspects of law and at almost every level of the US judicial system. She has also ruled on several high-profile cases. Prior to joining the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Sotomayor had served as prosecutor and federal trial judge. She stands hailed as one of the ablest federal judges imbued with the qualities of integrity, discipline and commitment. During the Senate hearings, Sotomayor had to answer a spate of questions, most particularly about race, but she remained unfazed and her answers won the acclaim. She, very meticulously and discreetly, stymied Republican attempts to portray her as unfit for a lifelong appointment to the US Supreme Court on account of being rife with liberal bias. Republicans had also voiced the concerns that Sotomayor, educated at Princeton and Yale, is a judicial activist but to little effect. The critics have accused Obama also of playing smart politics in the form of nominating Sotomayor. Hispanics is the largest and fastest growing ethnic community in the US: approximately 45 million people, making up about 15 percent of the total population of the US. They have always supported the Democrats but Bush had won over nearly half of the votes of the Hispanic community when he got the presidency in 2004. Later on, Obama put his shoulder to the wheel and won them back. Indubitably, Sotomayor has got certain weaknesses also, chief of which is that she had once upheld a lower court ruling that permitted the city of New Haven, Connecticut, to junk fire-fighter exam results that did not produce enough qualified black candidates, but on the balance of evidence, she is a right choice. The writer is a foreign affairs analyst E-mail: