The two million Hindus in the United States are an important and important electoral bloc in several swing states in these presidential elections, Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi said when telling other parishioners it was their dharma to exercise their right to vote.
In his virtual keynote address at the official launch of Hindu Americans for Biden, Krishnamoorthi, the three-time Democratic Congressman from Illinois, urged his parishioners to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his Indian-American candidacy buddy Kamala Harris on November 3.
“I think it is so important to choose Joe Biden because Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the whole world is one family) is a major renter for the Hindus. We believe in treating everyone with dignity and respect,” he said.
“It’s an old saying in Washington DC: If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re on the menu. And neither of us on that Zoom call or our families or communities or Hindu Americans as a whole can afford to Being on the menu, and neither is our agenda. That’s why it’s so important that you choose, “he said.
“This year is the most important choice of our lives ahead of us. In 60 days, believe it or not, the two million Hindu Americans in this country in several swing states will be an important and important electoral bloc. Not just Florida, but.” Virginia and Pennsylvania and Michigan and Wisconsin and the list goes on and on. It is our duty, in fact, our dharma to choose, “said Krishnamoorthi.
“Voting is our dharma and the heart of our society,” said Amit Jani, AAPI National Director of the Biden Campaign.
Niki Shah, New Jersey, South Asians co-director of state for Biden, hosted the launch event and said that hate crime and vandalism had increased over the past three and a half years and that it was unacceptable.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, hate crimes against Hindus tripled under President Donald Trump, Shah said.
“I firmly believe that when we have this phenomenon, we have a president who has a concrete plan … Biden will make sure that there are the resources we need to fight hate crimes,” said Makhmudov , Political Scientist, Biden For President.
Rajesh Patel, spokesman for the Maninagar Swaminarayan Temple Kentucky, gave a brief presentation on the temple’s vandalism. “We as Mandir people had never seen anything like this (hate crimes involving a Mandir),” he said.
Krishnamoorthi said that Biden is a man of faith, a man of principle, and most importantly, a man who believes in equality.
“He believes everyone should be treated equally with dignity and respect,” he said.
This is the first time two major political parties have made specific efforts to reach out to Hindu Americans. While the Trump Camp launched the “Hindu Voices for Trump” campaign, the Biden Camp launched the “Hindu Americans for Biden” campaign.
“Hindus for Trump honors contributions from millions of Americans of Hindu beliefs. The inclusive economy, commitment to building relations between the US and India, and vigorous support for religious freedom for all are second to none. President Trump’s re-election will remove the barriers to religious freedom reduce.” for Hindus in America, “said the Trump campaign.
President Trump was the one who first saw the electoral potential of Hindu Americans in 2016 when he not only addressed a Hindu rally in New Jersey, but his family members also visited Hindu temples in major battlefield states such as Virginia and Florida.