The Hindu community in America is an ethnically diverse community of over 3 million. While the majority of Hindus are of Indian origin, there are also vibrant communities of Caribbean, African, European, Hispanic, and East and Southeast Asian descent. 

Elected officials from both parties have a history of strong friendships within the Hindu American community and with India. Hindu Americans look to their elected officials and want to see American leaders protecting religious liberty and civil rights, stopping and preventing hate crimes, and fighting for immigration reform consistent with the values of the Hindu American community. 

Lastly, Hindu Americans enjoy the bond between the world’s two largest democracies, India and the United States. Hindu Americans want to see a strengthened U.S.-India relationship at all levels, including a mutual platform of furthering peace in South Asia, ending the scourge of terrorism, and championing religious pluralism and mutual respect in both countries. 

Below are the main issues of concern to the Hindu American community, broken down into three categories: Domestic Policy, Foreign Policy and Core Issues.

Domestic Policy Priorities

The Hindu American Foundation believes that America should pursue a visionary agenda, consonant with our shared Hindu and American values and ideals, that will provide equal opportunity and equal rights, work in the pursuit of justice, and reward those who positively contribute to our economy and society in various ways. The issues below have been identified as priority concerns for the Hindu American community.



Foreign Policy Priorities

Hindu Americans enjoy the bond between the world’s two largest democracies, India and the United States, and want to see a strengthened US-India relationship at all levels. This includes furthering peace in South Asia, ending terrorism, and championing religious pluralism.


Other Core Issues

Healthy Food and Transparent Food Labels:  Expand access to healthy, plant-based nourishment and enforce honest labeling to ensure food labeled vegetarian does not contain any animal by-products 

Climate Change and Clean Energy: Hindu Americans support a clean energy revolution to address the grave threat of climate change and we believe that America should lead the world in setting environmental standards to address climate change. 

Women’s Rights: Expand on the Violence Against Women Act to end violence against women and protect women’s civil rights. 

LGBTQ+ Rights: Provide the moral leadership to champion equal rights for all LGBTQ+ people and fight to ensure our laws and institutions protect and enforce their rights. 

Gun Violence: Pursue constitutional, common-sense gun safety policies to end our gun violence epidemic. 

American Leadership & Shared Values: Present dignified, moral American leadership at home and abroad, take steps to strengthen American democracy and our core alliances, while reinvigorating and empowering a coalition of democracies around the globe in addressing the most urgent global challenges. The Hindu American community believes in Satya (truth), Ahimsa (non-violence), and Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (“The world is one family”). These values inform the causes that are important to Hindu Americans, and Hindu Americans are naturally attracted to leaders who reflect these values.