Last week, Michigan Congressman Shri Thanedhar Announce Formation of a 28-member bloc of “Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains in the US Congress.” according to West India Journal: “The group will work to address cultural misunderstandings, promote interfaith dialogue and harmony, and support initiatives to promote the well-being, education, and empowerment of Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains in the United States.” However, four Hindu, Sikh and Muslim civil rights groups passed a resolution press release He strongly criticized the formation of the gathering, saying that it does not represent all parts of the South Asian community across religions, caste and ethnic affiliations. The press release says in part:
“…In June of this year, Congressman Thanedhar announced his intention to form a Hindu caucus without input from the entire spectrum of Hindu American civil society, including Dalit and linguistic community organizations. This caucus appears to be a new iteration of that earlier announcement.”
“If this gathering were that declaration repackaged with a more inclusive nomenclature but with the same wording, it would likely combat meaningful oversight of the US-India relationship, ongoing work to protect the civil rights and safety of Sikhs and other marginalized groups, and efforts to protect Sikhs.” Prohibition of class discrimination at the federal level. Moreover, given the lack of Muslim representation, he may oppose ongoing efforts to combat Islamophobia. In short, any gathering without comprehensive representation from the Indian diaspora would be nothing more than a vehicle for Hindu nationalist politics. This will inevitably harm the entire South Asian American community, including Sikhs, Muslims, Dalits, Buddhists, Jains, and even Hindu Americans.