Tulsi Gabbard, a Hindu, announced that she is going to contest in 2020 US presidential elections. Who is she?
Tulsi Gabbard is an American combat veteran and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district since 2013 and blah-blah and blah-blah and blah-blah. You can read all the things on her Wikipedia page or her official website. Here is what a common Indian should know about her:
For most of Indians, she is a HINDU:
Religion plays a major role in identifying a person, at least in India. So, for most Indians, she is a Hindu woman. And as a matter of fact, she used Bhagwat Gita at her swearing-in in Congress.
This was what she said in her swearing-in speech:
"I chose to take the oath of office with my personal copy of the Bhagavad-Gita because its teachings have inspired me to strive to be a servant-leader, dedicating my life in the service of others and to my country. My Gita has been a tremendous source of inner peace and strength through many tough challenges in life, including being in the midst of death and turmoil while serving our country in the Middle East.”
Fundraiser of BJP:
Suprised? You shouldn’t. More of it is coming. In August 2014, Gabbard spoke at a fundraiser event for BJP, after the party won elections in India. On Modi’s victory, she said, “people stood up, one by one by one by one, and said we will demand that this change occurs.”
Potential Parallel of Indian Nationalism:
She visited India in the first week of January 2015. And made some good-will gestures for Modi and other nationalists. Gabbard gifted Modi a Gita and taught people about Karma-Yoga and Dharma-Yoga in her speech.
When asked about her stand on US’s aid to Pakistan, she declares that she voted against the aid to Pakistan. What thing could be more joyous to a typical Indian Nationalist (not patriotic) than hating Pakistan?
Her views on Modi:
In an email exchange with the media company Quartz, she revealed her views on a number of topics.
On Modi, she said, “Modi impressed me as a person who cares deeply about these issues and as a leader whose example and dedication to the people he serves should be an inspiration to elected officials everywhere.”
Hindus are victims of discrimination:
“Throughout the world, Hindus are victims of discrimination. Recently, a Hindu priest in Bangladesh was brutally hacked to death by ISIS terrorists and two others were injured trying to help him. Unfortunately, even in the United States, as well as different pockets of India, such discrimination exists.” These were the views of Gabbard on discrimination against Hindus in the year 2016.
Gujrat riots and Modi’s Visa:
If you are keen in Indian Politics, then you must have known that Modi was denied Visa by the US for allegedly doing nothing in 2002 Muslim pogrom. Around 800 Muslims were killed in the pogrom. And the US was clear that Modi administration did nothing to stop that.
Gabbard has always maintained that it was a "great blunder" by the US government to have denied a visa to Modi in the wake of the 2002 Gujarat riots.
When Indian PM Narendra Modi visited the United States in September 2014, he made it a point to meet with Gabbard.
When Gabbard married in 2015 in a Vedic fashion, Narendra Modi sent Bhartiya Janta Party’s general secretary to America with a special message from Modi.