Democratic presidential aspirant Tulsi Gabbard has alleged that she had become a victim of “religious bigotry” and some media outlets were targeting her and accusing her supporters, who have Hindu names, of being Hindu nationalists.
Asserting that she is proud to become the first Hindu-American to have been elected to Congress, and now, the first Hindu-American to run for president, the four-term Democratic lawmaker from Hawaii wrote an op-ed for the Religious News Services on Sunday, describing the campaign against her, supporters and donors as “profiling and targeting of Hindu Americans and ascribing to them motives without any basis”.
The 37-year-old had on January 11 announced that she would be running for the White House in 2020. He deplored that her meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have been highlighted as ‘proof’ of this and portrayed as somehow being out of the ordinary or somehow suspect.
She pointed out that even President (Barack) Obama, Secretary (Hillary) Clinton, President (Donald) Trump and many of her colleagues in Congress have met with and worked with him.
Tulasi pointed out that India was one of America’s closest allies in Asia and is a country of growing importance in a critical region of the world. “The strategic partnership between our two countries has been a priority for several decades now. To question my commitment to my country, while not questioning non-Hindu leaders, creates a double standard that can only be rooted in one thing: ‘religious bigotry’. I am Hindu and they are not,” she added.