Washington, August 19
In an indication of the rising political prominence of Hindus in America, the Trump and Biden campaigns are wooing this small spiritual minority neighborhood like by no means earlier than.
Hinduism is the fourth largest religion within the US, representing roughly one per cent of the US inhabitants in 2016.
While the Trump marketing campaign guarantees that re-electing President Donald Trump will “reduce obstacles to religious freedoms” for Hindus in America, the rival Biden marketing campaign on Tuesday stated former vp Joe Biden has made outreach to the Hindu religion neighborhood a precedence.
For the primary time in an American presidential election, the Trump Campaign on August 14 introduced the formation of the “Hindu Voices for Trump.” Two days later, distinguished Hindu chief Neelima Gonuguntla participated in an interfaith service to kick off the Democratic National Convention, which the Biden marketing campaign stated was one other signal of the rising political prominence of Hindus in America.
The particulars of the brand new coalition of the Trump Campaign to woo the Hindu-American neighborhood within the US is predicted to be introduced in the course of the Republican National Convention subsequent week.
“Hindus for Trump honours contributions by millions of Americans of Hindu faith,” stated the marketing campaign which has taken a lead forward of the Biden marketing campaign.
“The inclusive economy, commitment to building up US-Indian relations, and fierce support for religious liberties for all is unmatched. Re-electing President Trump will reduce obstacles to religious freedoms for Hindus in America,” asserted the Trump marketing campaign.
Biden, who on Tuesday was formally nominated because the Democratic presidential nominee, “has made outreach to the Hindu faith community a priority,” South Asians for Biden, a political platform, stated.
Over the weekend, the Biden marketing campaign launched the platform for Indian-Americans, which addresses a number of key considerations of the Hindu neighborhood.
Notably, Biden proposes stiffening penalties for hate crimes dedicated at homes of worship, corresponding to temples, and rising the safety grants obtainable to such homes of worship. He has additionally pledged to make the prosecution of hate crimes a precedence for his Department of Justice, the marketing campaign stated.
“Increased access to the security grants and prioritising the prosecution of hate crimes is critical for our Hindu community,” stated Niki Shah, a Hindu neighborhood organiser who labored intently on Hindu initiatives for former president Barack Obama’s faith-based council.
“It was important to have a representative from the Hindu community because we wanted this interfaith service to reflect our nation’s religious diversity,” stated Josh Dickson, National Faith Engagement Director at Biden for President, explaining inviting Gonuguntla to take part within the interfaith service.
Gonuguntla, who serves as a board member of the Chinmaya Mission Dallas Fort Worth, shared verses from sacred Hindu texts, together with the Vedas and the Mahabharata.
“The participation of a Hindu-American took on added significance, given that Senator Kamala Harris, who is Vice President Biden’s running mate, grew up in a household that was both Hindu and Christian,” South Asians for Biden stated.
Biden has proven key perception into the problems affecting the Hindu neighborhood, it stated.
For instance, he just lately promised to streamline the processing of spiritual employee visas, that are relied upon by Hindu swamis and different spiritual students who go to the United States for spiritual occasions. He has additionally promised to construct an administration that displays America’s variety, together with by means of the inclusion of Hindus.
The Biden marketing campaign already depends on the contributions of Hindus, who serve in a number of key roles, South Asians for Biden stated.
In the November three election, Democratic presidential candidate Biden and his Indian-American working mate Harris will problem present Republican President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. –PTI