Proud to be 1st Hindu-American to run for president: Tulsi Gabbard
WASHINGTON: Democratic presidential aspirant Tulsi Gabbard has alleged that she had become a victim of "religious bigotry" and some media outlets were targeting her and accusing her supporters, who have Hindu names, of being Hindu nationalists.
Gabbard, the first Hindu elected to the US Congress, wrote an op-ed for the Religious News Services on Sunday, describing the campaign against her, supporters and donors as "profiling and targeting of Hindu Americans and ascribing to them motives without any basis".
The 37-year-old had on January 11 announced that she would be running for the White House in 2020.
In the hard-hitting piece, Gabbard pointed out to the accusation against her of being a Hindu nationalist. "Tomorrow will it be Muslim or Jewish Americans? Japanese, Hispanic or African Americans?" she asked.
"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 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," Gabbard said.
Gabbard said India was one of America's closest allies in Asia and is a country of growing importance in a critical region of the world.
"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," Gabbard said.
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 said.
In the 2016 race for Congress, her Republican opponent said repeatedly that a vote for her was a vote for the devil because of her religion, Gabbard wrote.
Gabbard said after her 2012 election, she made a personal decision 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."
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/46958.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Jolly - 1 hour ago -Follow
sadly in India thr are 85 crore Hindus who are not so proud
MS Bigo - 1 hour ago -Follow
Well, Good to know American Hindus realize they are also Hindus...and she has the courage to speak the truth even if it hurts Majority White Christian citizens.
Aditya Loha - 1 hour ago -Follow
Many in India will view her to be BJP supporter as she calls herself a Hindu.
Deepak Soni - 2 hours ago -Follow
We, all the Hindus, are proud of you. May Lord Shiva bless you and help in spreading Hinduism.
Parth Sinha - 49 mins ago -Follow
All the Hindus in India will be proud to see you as Amercian president. Just imaging what will be feeling in Pakistan?
Ash Man - 2 hours ago -Follow
So now even the americans are playing the Hindu card to appeal to Indian americans. Otherwise she has nothing to do with India.
Skariah Keecheril - Qatar - 48 mins ago -Follow
But if it is India, it is against national pride. People who support and enjoy such news should know that when Sonia Gandhi was elected as the leader to run a government, many of our BJP and congress leaders lamented that India lost it pride by an Italian becoming Indian PM.
The Laughing - 1 hour ago -Follow
Madam America is not India. Nobody gives an sh#t about your religion, caste, the colour so please don't try to Hindu, Indian card. They vote for development and security, not religion.
Ramesh Kumar - 1 hour ago -Follow
Born from hindu family , is she still practice hinduism ? Or converted to Christianity ?
Bharath Reddy - 1 hour ago -Follow
She should settle in UP if she doesnt like US.
Sampath - 5 mins ago -Follow
Did you have beef burger for lunch and beef steak for dinner??
Ashish - Mumbai - 56 mins ago -Follow
If ex -President Obama who was half Muslim and Black can become President of USA then why is Tulsi being TARGETED? Definitely she would be better choice than Obama and Clintons ?
Hassam Jussab - 1 hour ago -Follow
Only cows will vote for her
Sandipan - Kolkata - 1 hour ago -Follow
You should be proud and so are we.
Umesh - 2 hours ago -Follow
Great. May God bless you and hope your win the election.
Gopal Banerjee - Kolkata - 2 hours ago -Follow
But impossible for her to win.
Raffel - Hyderabad - 2 hours ago -Follow
we all are proud to be hindu .
we respect all ways of worship
HinduViir - 14 mins ago -Follow
#Hindus should support #Hindus wherever they are!! Simple!!