Georgia Became The 1st State In America To Adopt Hinduphobia
Georgia has become the first state to pass a resolution condemning Hinduphobia, recognizing the contributions of the American-Hindu community.
In various regions of the country over the past few decades, there have been documented cases of hate crimes committed against Hindu Americans, according to the resolution.
It further claims that certain academics favor Hinduism’s destruction and hold its sacred scriptures and cultural traditions responsible for violence and oppression.
Reps Lauren McDonald and Todd Jones of Forsyth County, in the Atlanta suburbs, presented the resolution, which is home to one of Georgia’s major Hindu and Indian-American communities.
The resolution also mentions Hinduism as one of the biggest and oldest religions in the world, with more than 1.2 billion members spread across more than 100 nations.
It includes a wide range of various traditions and belief systems that uphold the values of acceptance, respect for others, and peace.
The resolution also recognizes the contributions made by the American-Hindu community to a variety of industries, including manufacturing, energy, retail trade, academics, research and engineering, information technology, hospitality, banking, and others.
It highlights how the community’s contributions of yoga, ayurveda, meditation, food, music, and the arts have enriched the cultural fabric, been broadly embraced in American society, and improved the lives of millions of people.
This initiative was spearheaded by the Atlanta branch of the Coalition of Hindus in North America (CoHNA). The Georgia State Capitol hosted the first-ever Hindu Advocacy Day on March 22.
Almost 25 MPs from both parties participated, joining the Hindu community to learn about their concerns, make a commitment to develop measures to safeguard the group from discrimination, and enable the participation of Hindu voices in significant state decision-making processes.
Rajeev Menon, vice president of the CoHNA, said: “It was a true honor to work with Reps. McDonald and Jones as well as other lawmakers who guided us through the whole process of getting this County Resolution enacted.
Shobha Swamy, general secretary of the CoHNA, said: “The issues faced by Hindu Americans in Georgia and the rest of the country via erroneous, Hinduphobic narratives are adversely affecting a community that has been hardworking, law-abiding, and enriching the fabric of America.”
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