Georgia Becomes First US State To Pass Resolution Condemning ‘Hinduphobia’

The Georgia Meeting has handed a decision condemning Hinduphobia, making it the primary American State to take such a legislative measure, as reported by the information company PTI. The representatives Lauren McDonald and Todd Jones from Forsyth County launched the decision within the suburbs of Atlanta, which is residence to one of many largest Hindu and Indian-American diaspora communities in Georgia.

The decision condemned Hinduphobia and anti-Hindu bigotry and said that Hinduism is among the world’s largest and oldest religions with over 1.2 billion adherents in over 100 nations and encompasses an array of various traditions and perception methods with values of acceptance, mutual respect and peace, as reported by PTI.

The decision noticed that the American-Hindu neighborhood has been a significant contributor to various sectors reminiscent of drugs, science and engineering, info know-how, hospitality, finance, academia, manufacturing, vitality, retail commerce, amongst others. It additional said that the neighborhood’s contributions of Yoga, ayurveda, meditation, meals, music, arts have enriched the cultural material and have been broadly adopted in American society and enhanced the lives of thousands and thousands.

In response to the decision, there have been documented situations of hate crimes towards Hindu-People over the previous couple of a long time in lots of components of the nation. The decision stated Hinduphobia is exacerbated and institutionalised by some in academia who help the dismantling of Hinduism and accuse its sacred texts and cultural practices of violence and oppression.

A transfer on this regard was spearheaded by the Atlanta chapter of the Coalition of Hindus of North America (CoHNA), which organised the first-ever Hindu Advocacy Day held on March 22 on the Georgia State Capitol. It was attended by round 25 lawmakers — each Republicans and Democrats — who joined the Hindu neighborhood to know its considerations, pledge to create methods to guard the neighborhood towards discrimination and facilitate the inclusion of Hindu voices in essential decision-making processes within the state.

“It was a real honor to work with Rep McDonald and Rep Jones in addition to different lawmakers who guided us via the entire means of getting this County Decision handed,” stated Rajeev Menon, CoHNA vp, as quoted by PTI.

“We additionally heard that every one the lawmakers had been working actually lengthy hours given the quantity of legislative gadgets on the agenda, however nonetheless determined to hitch us on the Advocacy Day to indicate how a lot they worth the Hindu neighborhood,” he stated.

CoHNA basic secretary Shobha Swamy stated, “The problems confronted by Hindu People in Georgia and the remainder of the nation through false, Hinduphobic narratives are negatively impacting a neighborhood that has been hardworking, law-abiding and enriching the material of America,” as quoted by PTI.

“We urged for his or her assist in combating such bigotry which advances hatred and creates the concept that Hindus and other people of Indian-origin want particular legal guidelines and monitoring resulting from allegations round some inherent propensity to discriminate,” she stated.

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