Tulsi Gabbard, who represents the state of Hawaii, drew attention to the oppression of Bengali Hindus today and in the past. This was on the 50th anniversary of the horrific genocide by the Pakistani army as they tried to control East Pakistan.
Issues like this are constantly downplayed in the interests of not evoking group disharmony in the world’s largest democracy. Indications are that this only distorts history and encourages violent groups to double their efforts. The ran for Presidential office in 2020 on the Democratic ticket but dropped out in March of that year. She and has been deployed in the US Army to Iraq during her military career,
She put out a video message on social media (below): “March 25th, 1971 was the beginning of a systematic targeting of Hindus in Bangladesh by the Pakistani military. It began in Hindu neighbourhoods and villages, first at Jagannath Hall, which was a Hindu dormitory in Dhaka University, where five to ten thousand people were killed on that first night alone. This genocidal campaign continued for 10 months, resulting in two to three million people killed. Hundreds of thousands of women and girls raped and more than 10 million forced to flee their homes.”
Tulsi Gabbard also recalled US Senator Ted Kennedy who observed the genocidal campaign against Hindus. She also said that the “Islamist persecution of Hindus and other religious minorities in Bangladesh did not end with Bangladesh’s independence”. She mentioned the recent attacks against Hindu Temples in Bangladesh in the wake of Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the country.
Tulsi Gabbard – Hindu and American heritage
Gabbard is vegan and, as a Hindu, follows Gaudiya Vaishnavism. She values the Bhagavad Gita as a spiritual guide and took the oath of office in 2013 using her personal copy, which she gave to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the latter’s visit to the United States in 2014.
Gabbard has been the target of Hinduphobic attacks in recent yers. She doesn’t wear her Indian heritage lightly, unlike Kamala Harris, and is generally supportive of India and its place in the world. This goes against established interests which are supportive of Pakistan and Qatar and hope to keep India as developing country only and a market for their goods. Remember, during the Cold War the US was an ally of Pakistan and given its support of religious dictatorships, has a problem with genuine diverse democracies that refuse to follow American-style secularism.