Georgia becomes the first US state to condemn Hinduphobia
Georgia Assembly has passed a resolution that condemns Hinduphobia and anti-Hindu bigotry, making it the first state in America to take such legislative action. The resolution highlights that Hinduism is a diverse religion with over 1.2 billion adherents worldwide, and it promotes values of acceptance, mutual respect, and peace. The resolution recognizes the contributions of the American-Hindu community in various fields, such as science, medicine, engineering, and hospitality. Additionally, the resolution acknowledges the contributions of yoga, meditation, ayurveda, music, and art, which have enriched American culture.
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Advocacy Day attended by bipartisan lawmakers
The resolution also acknowledges documented instances of hate crimes against Hindu Americans in many parts of the country, stating that Hinduphobia is institutionalized by some individuals in academia who support the dismantling of Hinduism. These individuals accuse Hinduism’s sacred texts and cultural practices of promoting violence and oppression. The move to pass this resolution was initiated by the Coalition of Hindus of North America (CoHNA), which organized the first-ever Hindu Advocacy Day. The Hindu Advocacy Day organized by the Coalition of Hindus of North America (CoHNA) was attended by approximately 25 lawmakers from both the Republican and Democratic parties. These lawmakers joined the event to gain insight into the community’s concerns and to make a commitment to protect the community from discrimination.
CoHNA expresses appreciation and urges combat against bigotry
Rajeev Menon, CoHNA’s vice president, expressed his appreciation for the lawmakers who helped pass the County Resolution. Despite the long hours of legislative work, they still showed their support for the Hindu community by attending Advocacy Day. Shobha Swamy, the general secretary of the Coalition of Hindus of North America (CoHNA), emphasized that the Hindu-American community is being adversely impacted by untrue and discriminatory narratives that promote Hinduphobia. These narratives generate hatred and propagate the notion that Hindus and people of Indian origin need special laws and monitoring due to alleged inherent tendencies toward discrimination. She urged lawmakers to combat such bigotry, which promotes hatred and creates the perception that Hindus and people of Indian origin require special laws and monitoring due to inherent discriminatory tendencies.
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