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

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Domestic Policy Priorities

Hate Crimes, Hinduphobia, and Anti-Hindu Violence

SUPPORT: The Hindu American Foundation supports H.R. 3545 and S. 2043, the National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality Act of 2019 (No HATE Act) and other similar state level legislation.

Portrayal of Hinduism in the Media and Public Education

SUPPORT: The Hindu American Foundation supports New York City Council Resolution 146 which calls on Mayor Bill De Blasio to instruct the New York City Department of Education to establish Diwali as an official holiday for New York City public school students.

OPPOSE: The Hindu American Foundation opposes New York Assembly Bill A8545 as written. A8545 seeks to define the swastika as a symbol of Nazi Germany and therefore a symbol of hate, without explaining the historical origins and its use today as a symbol in various religions such as Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, and Buddhism.

Smart Immigration & Green Card Reform

SUPPORT: The Hindu American Foundation supports S. 386, the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act, currently pending in the U.S. Senate.

SUPPORT: The Hindu American Foundation supports H.R.2895/S.948 the Conrad State 30 and Physician Access Reauthorization Act, currently pending in Congress.

Foreign Policy Priorities

Persecution of Hindus in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh & Around the World

SUPPORT: The Hindu American Foundation supports an amendment to the Lautenberg-Specter Amendment in the annual appropriations legislation that would grant Priority 2 refugee status to religious minorities in Afghanistan.

Indian Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K)

SUPPORT: The Hindu American Foundation supports adoption of H. Res. 408, a resolution condemning the terrorist attack in India that killed 41 Indian Central Reserve Police and that recognizes Kashmiri Pandit ‘Exodus Day’ and their right to return to their ancestral homeland.

OPPOSE: The Hindu American Foundation strongly opposes H. Res. 745, an anti-India and anti-Hindu resolution that wrongly condemns India for taking life-saving steps following the repeal of the discriminatory Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution on August 5, 2019 and which fails to mention the indigenous Hindu population of the Kashmir Valley.

US-India Relations

SUPPORT: The Hindu American Foundation supports H.R.2123, the US-India Strategic Partnership.

Other Core Issues

COVID-19 Pandemic

Hindu Americans want our government to take decisive action to address the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis and restore science, trust, and credibility to our response. We want to see more healthcare choices, reduced health care costs, and a health care system that’s easier to navigate. We believe every American should have access to free COVID-19 testing, treatment, and ultimately a vaccine.

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.