California Congressman Ro Khanna’s recent tweet in reply to an article on Hindutva has divided the Indian-American community. While many Hindu-American’s reject Khanna’s call, there are a few progressives and anti-Hindutva activists who are lauding and supporting Khanna. On Aug. 29 Khanna tweeted: “It’s the duty of every American politician of Hindu faith to stand for pluralism, reject Hindutva ...
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Longtime community leaders and activists, who’ve founded and led community organizations and associations over the past few decades have hailed “the spectacular victory” of the BJP-dominated NDA, and declared it “a personal triumph” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A host of community organizations, including Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus, staged a pro-democracy rally in front of the New York Indian Consulate April 6 to draw attention to the recent “repression of democratic dissent and human rights” in India.
Before the partial shutdown of the federal government began Dec. 20 over funding for the border wall, a few Indian-Americans, including Hindus, joined hands with scores of people from other religious faiths in a Gandhian-style civil disobedience on the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego to protest violence against migrants and “militarization” of the border.
Brooklyn Borough Hall reverberated with soulful renditions of Sri Krishna bhajans and chanting of hymns from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad as 300 people gathered for an interfaith celebration of Diwali on Nov. 14.
Conservative Hindu-Americans are raising their voices against the verdict of the Indian Supreme Court that revokes the ban on women of menstruating age from entering the Sabarimala temple’s sanctum sanctorum. To Hindu political and religious conservatives in America, the Sept. 26 verdict is a challenge to age-old traditions and a systematic attack on Hindu beliefs and traditions.