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The Kashmir imbroglio, which once again catapulted itself into the international headlines in the wake of the revocation of Article 370 of India’s constitution and the consequent tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi, has continued to simmer in U.S. Congressional and Trump administration circles, with the House Foreign Affairs Committee likely to discuss the situation in Kashmir sometime this month.
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 ...
The Congressional Research Service (CRS), in its first report to U.S. lawmakers after the recent Indian elections, has said that since the BJP campaign was run largely on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal popularity and not on any particular or explicit policies, the implications for U.S. interests are unclear, at least in the near term.
A leading Indian-American scholar, known for his liberal views, says that the results of the election in India may be indicative that a great deal more of the electorate in India now is “comfortable with the main tenet of Hindu nationalism” than in the past.
Former senior administration officials,retired ambassador Teresita Schaffer and Raymond Vickery, attribute the massive win by the BJP as a personal triumph for Prime Minister Modi, who, they argued, artfully changed the conversation to nationalism and religion, leaving the traditional definition of ‘Indian secularism’ in the dust-heap of history.
Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed victory Thursday in India's general election and vowed an "inclusive" future, with his party headed for a landslide win to crush the Gandhi dynasty's comeback hopes. With around half the 600 million votes cast counted, Election Commission data showed Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) winning 300 of India's 543 elected lower house seats.
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.
The Congressional Research Service, considered the U.S. Congress’ own think tank, in a preview of the Indian election, has declared that the 2019 election could be an “inflection point in India history,” and predicted that if the BJP records yet another overwhelming victory, it would “herald a new era of single-party dominance.”