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Silicon Valley's Indian-American Congressman Joins Pakistan Caucus, Rejects Hindutva

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    Democrat Ro Khanna representing Silicon Valley has joined US Congress's Pakistan Caucus and rejected Hindutva. His actions have angered Hindu American supporters of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's supporters. Cracks are beginning to appear in the Hindu American community. Democrats from the Progressive Wing of the Democratic Party are finding it increasing difficult to support Prime Minister Modi as he ferociously pushes his hateful Hindutva agenda. However, vast majority of Hindu Americans, including those in Silicon Valley tech community, are solidly supporting Mr. Modi in spite of his extended lock-down and brutal actions in Kashmir.

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    Congressman Ro Khanna with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Capitol Hill

    Khanna Rejects Hindutva:

    Congressman Ro Khanna (D-Fremont) tweeted the following on Aug. 29: “It’s the duty of every American politician of Hindu faith to stand for pluralism, reject Hindutva, and speak for equal rights for Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhist & Christians.” On August 17, Khanna became the first Indian-American to join US Congress's Pakistan caucus headed by Democratic Congresswoman Shiela Jackson of Texas and Republican Congressman Jim Banks of Indiana. Khanna's decision to join Pakistan caucus came after he met Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan during his July visit to Washington. After his July meeting with Khan Khanna tweeted: "Honored to meet PM Imran Khan. We spoke Hindustani, and I shared that my grandfather, an Indian freedom fighter with Gandhi, always had a hope for reconciliation. South Asian Americans of my generation hope for peace in the subcontinent in the 21st century."

    Khanna Under Fire:

    Khanna, a rising star in the progressive movement, who is vice-chair of the Progressive Caucus in the House, has come under fire by many right-wing Indian-American supporters of the RSS and BJP.
    Majority of Hindu-Americans are ardent supporters of President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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    Indian Ambassador Shringle (R) with White Nationalist Steve Bannon

    Most Hindu-Americans fail to see the irony that Srinivas Kuchibhotla who was killed by a white nationalist in Kansas in February 2017 was a victim of the same kind of hatred in America that Mr. Modi espouses against minorities in India. Kuchibotla himself was an ardent fan of Mr. Modi’s sweeping Hindutva politics as his wife related after this murder, according to and article published in the Hindu by Indian journalist and writer Varghese K. George. Here is an excerpt of Mr. George's article:


    "The dualism of Indian-American politics has now become unsustainable as Democratic leaders find it increasingly impossible to side with Mr. Modi as he advances the Hindutva agenda. Many of these friends of India were mislead, and had misread Mr. Modi’s politics and they interpreted his success in 2014 as a turn in Indian politics towards more neo-liberal reforms and globalism. Such an image of Mr. Modi was also projected by Indian diplomacy in America. But one American thinker, who interpreted Mr. Modi’s victory as a nativist revolt against a global elite, was none other than Stephen Bannon, the most authentic interpreter of Mr. Trump’s nationalist politics. Mr. Bannon has also been particularly a critic of the H-1B visa and Indian-American immigration. That the Indian Ambassador to the U.S. retweeted a tweet that denounced Mr. Sanders and tweeted about his meeting with Mr. Bannon in glowing terms (he deleted the tweet later) in quick succession bears out the official Indian position on the emerging fault-lines in American politics and the role of Indian Americans in it."

    Hindu Nationalism in America:

    India's top Hindu Nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has gone global with shakhas (branches) in 39 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and several Islamic middle eastern nations, according to Indian media reports.

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    In the United States alone, the RSS has 146 active chapters spread over all 50 states, according to Satish Modh who has been associated with RSS work abroad for over 25 years.

    While shakhas in India take place in open public spaces, most shakhas meet on university campuses on hired parking lots in the US, says Modh. Most overseas shakhas are held once a week. In London, they are held twice a week. The UK has 84 shakhas.


    A US report entitled "Hindu Nationalism in the United States: A Report on Non-Profit Groups" disclosed the following findings regarding the strength and nature of the Hindu nationalist movement in the United States:

    a. Over the last three decades, a movement toward Hinduizing India--advancing the status of Hindus toward political and social primacy in India-- has continued to gain ground in South Asia and diasporic communities. The Sangh Parivar (the Sangh "family"), the network of groups at the forefront of this Hindu nationalist movement, has an estimated membership numbering in the millions, making the Sangh one of the largest voluntary associations in India. The major organizations in the Sangh include the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Bajrang Dal, and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

    b. Hindu nationalism has intensified and multiplied forms of discrimination, exclusion, and gendered and sexualized violence against Muslims, Christians, other minorities, and those who oppose Sangh violations, as documented by Indian citizens and international tribunals, fact-finding groups, international human rights organizations, and U.S. governmental bodies.

    c. India-based Sangh affiliates receive social and financial support from its U.S.-based wings, the latter of which exist largely as tax-exempt non-profit organizations in the United States: Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA), Sewa International USA, Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation-USA. The Overseas Friends of the Bharatiya Janata Party - USA (OFBJP) is active as well, though it is not a tax-exempt group.


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    Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard strongly supports Prime Minister Modi

    American Presidential Politics:

    Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is a strong supporter of Indian Hindu Nationalist Prime Minister Modi. Her bid for Democratic presidential nomination is being bankrolled by Hindu Nationalist donors. Amongst Gabbard’s many donors are members of the US chapters of groups such as the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, the Overseas Friends of the BJP and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America, according to Pieter Friedrich. The Hindu Sangh Parivar in the United States has helped her come from nowhere to get elected to US Congress and set her sights on the White House.

    Summary:

    Cracks are beginning to appear in the Hindu American community. Democrats from the Progressive Wing of the Democratic Party are finding it increasing difficult to support Prime Minister Modi as he ferociously pushes his hateful Hindutva agenda. Democrat Ro Khanna representing Silicon Valley has joined US Congress's Pakistan Caucus and rejected Hindutva and joined Pakistan Caucus. His actions have angered Hindu American supporters of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's supporters. However, vast majority of Hindu Americans, including those in Silicon Valley tech community, are solidly supporting Mr. Modi in spite of his extended lock-down and brutal actions in Kashmir.

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    US lawmaker slams Imran Khan; says Kashmir India’s internal issue
    Washington: Asserting that Kashmir is an internal issue for India, Indian-American lawmaker Ro Khanna who recently joined the Pakistani Congressional Caucus has said that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan needs to cool his heated rhetoric.

    “Kashmir is an internal matter for India’s democracy and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan needs to cool his heated rhetoric and not escalate to a war or conflict,” Congressman Khanna told members of the Indian-American community during an interaction in Freemont, California recently.

    “Imran Khan’s rhetoric of war with India is absolutely ridiculous,” Khanna, the two-term Democratic Congressman representing Silicon Valley in the US House of Representatives, was quoted as saying by local India Post in its latest weekly edition.

    During the interaction, the Kashmiri-American community appreciated his support in democratic resolution of the conflict and upliftment of communities from poverty and terror.

     
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    Check out Modi "Taroo" eyes

     
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    Ro Khanna is a far left "progressive" from Cenk Uygur's Justice Democrats PAC. The same PC which is responsible for AOC, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Talib etc Not surprised at his move at all.

    Steve Bannon is not a white nationalist.
     
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    LOL Steve Bannon is not a white nationalist. No he is a follower of Malcolm X.

    Where do such morons come from?
     
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    @RiazHaq

    Just because Ro Khanna rejects Hindutva does not mean that he is pro-Pakistan.

    And you might say why did he join the U.S. Congress's Pakistan Caucus then?

    Because he follows the Indian National Congress (INC) 'playbook'.
    What many Pakistanis probably know by now, is that neither the BJP or the INC is a friend to Pakistan.
    They are both hostile.
    However their methods, way of acting and talking are different.
    For example: BJP politicians are shouting a lot against Pakistan, while the INC politicians are more soft spoken (and cunning).
    But they are both anti-Pakistan.

    So, regarding this Ro Khanna, let me give you a different version of a famous saying:
    Keep your friends close, your enemies even closer and enemies who pretend to be your friend, the closest.

    I will leave it at that.
    Figure the rest out for yourself.
    Well, one last hint then.

    Trojan horse.

    There.
     
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    Good for Ro Khanna and his type of progressive, inclusive Indian Americans.

    We Pakistanis bear no ill will to Indians or Hindus on a whole, but our anger is only at Hindutva and its rising popularity in India.

    I think it is important for the world to know that Modi does not represent all Indians.

    People like Ro Khanna and authors like Arundhati Roy and many others can be instrumental in combating the fascist propaganda coming out of India.
     
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    YES WE DO.

    india and ALL indians are the enemy of the Pakistani race and nation. They should be treated as such. This is more than just ideology. This is about the survival and future of Pakistan and the Pakistani people. There should NEVER be any compromise as far as indians are concerned.
     
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    Well argued point. Two sides of the same coin. Much like the congress bjp dichotomy. They have similar ultimate agendas, just appeal to different voter bases. Congress types still have wet dreams over reunification and Muslims doing Pooja. Mr Khanna is likely of this unique ilk. At least the RSS lot make their agenda clear.

    They're not the same. One wants to control Muslims and Pakistanis by deception, while one is a true liberal pacifist whom we can certainly work with.
     
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    We are a different people, with a completely different civilization than them.

    We ask only that they give up the hate and vilification of our people. That they free our cousins in Kashmir from their oppression.

    Regardless of race, we should be able to appreciate genuinely honest, just people like Arundhati Roy, the late Hemant Karkare, and others who have been victims of the fascists and congress alike.

    He’s a genuine progressive, who supports liberal policies at home, and a non-interventionalist policies abroad.

    Notable is his opposition to KSA’s war on Yemen, and support for complete withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan.

    He is a co-chair of Bernie Sanders campaign for 2020, and consistently partners with his and Rand Paul to support progressive policies at home.

    There is nothing to suggest his opposition to Modi is because of he is a member of Indian Congress, actually there is absolutely no proof of that. He opposes Hindutva on the grounds of religious freedom and violation of human rights.

    Also important to note that he is a Punjabi, and his grandfather was connected to Lala Lajpat Rai in the Indian freedom struggle against the british.
     
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    #American Anti-Fascism Group Coalition Against #Fascism in #India (CAFI) Calls for Protest on Sept 28 during #Modi's US visit to attend #UNGA against #BJP's “anti-minority and anti-poor politics” #KashmirBleeds #Islamophobia #Hindutva https://caravandaily.com/us-based-anti-fascism-group-calls-for-protest-on-modis-un-visit/ via @caravandaily

    “Modi’s government has been orchestrating a pogrom of hate and violence against Muslims and Dalits in India. His government has been cracking down on all forms of dissent and all those who question its politics of hate. Its economic policies have resulted in escalation of poverty and the highest unemployment rate in half a century.

    “We call upon all anti-fascist, anti-racist,secular, and environmentalist groups in the United States to join us in protesting his visit and exposing the retrograde, near-fascist politics of Modi’s government,” reads the press statement issued by the CAFI.

    The group cited many issues for the protest. These include his past role in 2002 Gujarat riots, the role of rightwing organisations, the RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal and others, in violence against minorities, lynching of Muslims, Adivasi (tribals) and Dalits, his action on Kashmir, his policy on the NRC in Assam, killing and witch-hunt of activists under his regime and many more.

    Talking about his role in 2002 Gujarat riots and the involvement of the RSS and the VHP in the violence and hate against minorities, they said “Modi, his party, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), and their affiliates, including the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal, have a long history of violence and hate. They openly extol Hitler and Aryan supremacist views. In 2002, as chief minister, Modi oversaw pogrom of Muslim minority in Gujarat in which over a thousand people were killed women raped and thousands more were forced to leave their homes and businesses.”

    Referring to the National Register of Citizen (NRC) which rendered millions of people stateless, they said, “The result is a kind of ethnic cleansing that has targeted Muslims and tribal populations in particular. As of July 2019, there are over 100 foreigner tribunals (FTs) in Assam, and 200 more are planned in the first phase by September 2019. These FTs are working with the Assam border police to render millions stateless.”

    Drawing attentions towards mob lynching and hate crimes against Muslims under his regime, they said, “Since May 2019 when Modi’s second term as Prime Minister started, the violence against minorities has escalated to new heights. Violent mobs, mostly inspired by the atmosphere of hate perpetrated by the BJP, now attack and lynch Muslims (and Christians) on a daily basis with complete impunity”.

    The CAFI also denounced Modi government’s decision to unilaterally revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir by resorting to “dictatorial means” like clampdown, communication blackout and putting their leaders under house arrest.
     
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    An India focused arm of ANTIFA now ? :rofl:
     
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    #US #lawmakers Pramila Jayapal, first and only #Indian-#American Congresswoman in the House of Representatives, and Rep James P McGovern want international media & independent #humanrights observers be allowed immediately to enter #Indian Occupied #Kashmir https://www.firstpost.com/india/us-...te-end-of-communication-blackout-7326231.html

    Two US lawmakers have expressed concerns over the human rights situation in Kashmir, and urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to press India to immediately end the communication blockade
    In a letter to Pompeo dated 11 September, Pramila Jayapal, the first and the only Indian-American Congresswoman in the House of Representatives, and Congressman James P McGovern said the international media and independent human rights observers must immediately be allowed into Jammu and Kashmir
    The two lawmakers told Pompeo that they have significant concerns about the humanitarian and human rights crisis in Kashmir
    Two US lawmakers have expressed concerns over the human rights situation in Kashmir, and urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to press India to immediately end the communication blockade and release those who have been detained.

    In a letter to Pompeo dated 11 September, Pramila Jayapal, the first and the only Indian-American Congresswoman in the House of Representatives, and Congressman James P McGovern said the international media and independent human rights observers must immediately be allowed into Jammu and Kashmir to investigate reports of abuse.

    US lawmakers write to Mike Pompeo on Kashmir, seek immediate end of communication blackout
    Representational image. AP
    "We urge you to work across the Administration to press the Indian Government to immediately end its communications blackout of Kashmir, expedite the process of reviewing and releasing individuals 'preventatively' detained, ensure hospitals have access to life-saving medicines and protect the rights of the Kashmiri people to freedom of assembly and worship," reads the letter.

    The two lawmakers told Pompeo that they have significant concerns about the humanitarian and human rights "crisis" in Kashmir.

    "In particular, we are concerned about credible reports from journalists and advocates on the ground that the Indian government has detained thousands of people with no recourse, imposed defacto curfews and cut off internet and telephone access on the region," they said.

    Restrictions were imposed when New Delhi had on 5 August crapped the state's special status under Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcated in into Union territories -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

    "We also urged the Indian Government at its highest levels to make it clear that religious tolerance long a principle of Indian history and democracy must be upheld," the two lawmakers wrote in the letter.

    Tagging the letter in a tweet, Jayapal said: "I continue to be deeply concerned about credible reports of a humanitarian crisis in Jammu & Kashmir. Even in complex situations, we look to strong democratic allies like India to uphold basic human rights and due process."