Wednesday, October 7, 2009

‘Hindu Democrats’ Inject Hindu Values Into U.S. Politics

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    • A Democratic Party activist and a U.S. Army soldier currently deployed in Afghanistan have co-founded Hindu Democrats, a Virginia-based political action committee aiming “to mobilize the Indian American bloc in the United States” to support Democratic Party candidates through the “representation of Hindu American values in American politics.”

      Hindu Democrats executive director and co-founder Bharat Krishnan, a junior at American University in Washington, D.C., told India-West that his fledgling organization “respects the separation of church and state as one of the bedrock principles” of the U.S.

      Nevertheless, he said, “Religious organizations have always sought political representation - the great thing about America is that there is the opportunity to form many of these organizations to make sure that no one organization wields too much power.”

      The organization’s co-founder, Rajiv Srinivasan, is a 2008 graduate of West Point currently in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.