Tulsi Gabbard alleged of becoming the Victim of religious bigotry: Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has purported that she had turn out to be a target of “religious bigotry” and a number of media channels were pointing her and condemning her followers, who have Hindu names, of being Hindu nationalists.
Media Accuse Me Of Being A Hindu Nationalist, Cite Meeting With Modi As Proof: Tulsi Gabbard
Gabbard is the first Hindu who has been designated to the US Congress. On Sunday, she wrote an op-ed for the Religious News Services, unfolding the movement in contradiction to her and followers as well as donors. She describes, “profiling and targeting of Hindu Americans and ascribing to them motives without any basis”.
On 11 January 2019, the 37 year old had proclaimed that she is going to be running for the White House in 2020.
Gabbard pointed out to the allegation contrary to her of being a Hindu nationalist. She asked, “Tomorrow will it be Muslim or Jewish Americans? Japanese, Hispanic or African Americans?”
Tulsi Gabbard said, “My meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India’s democratically elected leader, have been highlighted as ‘proof’ of this and portrayed as somehow being out of the ordinary or somehow suspect, even though President (Barack) Obama, Secretary (Hillary) Clinton, President (Donald) Trump and many of my colleagues in Congress have met with and worked with him,”.
Gabbard further said,“I am proud to be the first Hindu-American to have been elected to Congress, and now, the first Hindu-American to run for president,” the four-term Democratic lawmaker from Hawaii said. “And, while the headlines covering my announcement could have celebrated this historic first, maybe even informed Americans at large about the world’s third-largest religion, some have instead fomented suspicion, fear and religious bigotry about not only me but also my supporters”.
She said that India was one of America’s closest associates in Asia as well as it is a country of rising position in an acute region of the world.
She said, “The strategic partnership between our two countries has been a priority for several decades now. To question my commitment to my country, while not questioning non-Hindu leaders, creates a double standard that can only be rooted in one thing: ‘religious bigotry’. I am Hindu and they are not”.
She also mentioned to the outbreak in contradiction of her previously by political opponents. She said, “Religious bigotry and attempt to foment fear of Hindus and other minority religions persist. During my 2012 and 2014 elections, my Republican opponent stated publicly that a Hindu should not be allowed to serve in the US Congress and that Hinduism is incompatible with the US Constitution”.
She also wrote that in the 2016 race for Congress her Republican challengers said constantly that a vote for her was a vote for the devil for the reason of her religion.
She allegedly said,“Republicans like Ben Carson said in 2016 that a Muslim-American would be unqualified to serve as president. Democratic Senators have recently grilled and opposed Republican judicial nominees because of their connection to Catholicism”.
After her 2012 election Gabbard said that she made an individual choice to take “my congressional oath of office on the supreme yoga/Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita, where Krishna’s teachings have provided wisdom and spiritual solace to me throughout my life, including when I was serving our country in the Middle East during the Iraq war.”
She further added, “Those who are trying to foment anti-Hindu sentiment expose the dark underbelly of religious bigotry in politics and must be called out. To advocate voting for or against someone based on religion, race, or gender is simply un-American”.
Last September Gabbard declined to be the chairperson of the World Hindu Congress in Chicago, mentioning her dissimilarities with its coordinators who were comprehended close to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.