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Hindu groups express anger over tweet by Kamala Harris’ niece showing her as Goddess Durga
The image showed Harris killing Trump, depicted as the buffalo demon Mahishasura, with a trident. Joe Biden was the goddess’ vehicle.

Hindu groups express anger over tweet by Kamala Harris’ niece showing her as Goddess Durga
A file photo of Kamala Harris with her niece Meena Harris. | Meena Harris/Instagram
Hindu groups in the United States have demanded an apology from Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris’ niece for tweeting a morphed image showing her as Goddess Durga. They said the image aggrieved Hindus across the world.
The tweet by Meena Harris, posted on Saturday, has now been deleted. The image showed Kamala Harris killing President Donald Trump with a trishul or trident. Trump was depicted as the buffalo demon “Mahishasura”, while Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was a lion or the goddess’ “vahana” (vehicle).


“I am actually speechless, other than to say that the first day of Navaratri was LIT,” Meena Harris wrote along with the picture.
Suhag A Shukla, who is the executive director of the Hindu American Foundation, said the tweet had upset Hindus across the world. “Dear Meena Harris, by now you know that your tweeting a caricature of the feminine divine, Maa Durga, with faces superimposed, deeply aggrieved many Hindus globally,” she said in a tweet on Monday. She advised Meena Harris to follow the organisation’s guidelines on the commercial use of religious images.

Rishi Bhutada from the Hindu American Political Action Committee demanded an apology from Meena Harris, PTI reported. “Given that, I personally believe that an apology should come from Meena Harris even though she did delete the tweet, and no one else,” he said. “Our religious iconography should not be used in the service of politics in America. I said the same when the Fort Bend County GOP [Grand Old Party or the Republican Party] did it in an ad in 2018, and it holds the same here.”
Bhutada added that the image had been circulating on WhatsApp before the tweet. He added that the Biden campaign had also denied creating the image.
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Author Shefali Vaidya also expressed anger over the tweet. “Dear Meena Harris and Kamala Harris if you think you are going to win Hindu votes by mocking us, think again,” she tweeted. “This image is highly offensive and insulting to Hindus. Our Divinities are NOT cultural curios for you to mock and trivialise. And you delete without an apology?


American Hindus Against Defamation Convener Ajay Shah, meanwhile, said that image had offended and outraged the religious community.
Harris is the first Indian-American woman to get a major party’s vice presidential nomination. On Saturday, she and Biden took to Twitter to wish Hindus on Navratri. Both Biden and Harris have been sending out greetings on Twitter to the Hindu community, one of the critical voting blocs in the US presidential election slated for November 3.
There is an estimated four million Indian-American population, of which about 2.5 million are potential voters in the upcoming presidential elections, according to PTI. Over 1.3 million Indian-Americans are voters in key battleground states, including Texas, Michigan, Florida and Pennsylvania.

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So it is freedom of speech to create drawings of the Muslim prophet according to RSS Indians. Yet it is blasphemous and hurtful when Hindu Gods are used as depictions. Hypocrites. That is Indians for you in a nutshell.
 

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So it is freedom of speech to create drawings of the Muslim prophet according to RSS Indians. Yet it is blasphemous and hurtful when Hindu Gods are used as depictions. Hypocrites. That is Indians for you in a nutshell.
Exactly, as I said earlier every Hindu saying that we Muslims should chill should teach us a lesson by creating a new thread with cartoons ridiculing their idols. But this will not happen because they are just freeloaders jumping on every bandwagon of their white masters. Disgusting people.
 

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According to some people here expressing anger and brutally beheading someone are both the same, explains a lot.
Respect free speech. Your lot says to us Muslims we should chill when our prophet (PBUH) is insulted and ignore it. Why don’t you Hindus do what you preach?

Could you please start a new thread with cartoons of Hindu idols? This would show us evil Muslims how open-minded and good you Hindus are!!!!!
 
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Respect free speech. Your lot says to us Muslims we should chill when our prophet (PBUH) is insulted and ignore it. Why don’t you Hindus do what you preach?

Could you please start a new thread with cartoon of Hindi idols? This would show us evil Muslims how open-minded and good you Hindus are!!!!!
If you are offended by anything than as per free speech you can organize peaceful protests and hold demonstrations against it. But if someone resorts to violence then very well expect state to come down hard upon them to prevent and discourage such cases in future. PS I am not a hindu but thats beside the point.
 

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Generally people should be careful with religious stuff. Every religion should be respected and given right. Islam foremostly wants respect for all religions.
 

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According to some people here expressing anger and brutally beheading someone are both the same, explains a lot.
Don't be retarded...nobody is equating the two things...
...in fact the dude who took the law in to his own hands should be punished.

The issue is the hypocrisy...France went ahead and projected those images on to its buildings...then Macron in his speech blamed Muslims(in general)...this includes all the law abiding ones too. The general message that is preached to Muslims that it's the "right to free speech" and it doesn't matter if their sentiments are hurt...
...now that the tables are turned...the ppl here are just holding up the mirror...echoing that same message...
...that it's the "right to free speech" and it doesn't matter if ur sentiments are hurt(Hindus in this case).

...see how it feels? Clearly the objections show that u guys are not okay with this...so why are Indians okay with it when it happens to Muslims in France(or some other country). I can show u posts of Indian members here advocating that it's their right under "free speech"(to draw these cartoons). Hence why the mirror is being shown to those Indians.
 

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