Over two dozen US lawmakers have joined the bipartisan Congressional Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and Jain American Caucus, its founder and Indian American Congressman Shri Thanedar has stated.
Thanedar on Friday formally launched within the US Congress the caucus that goals to fight spiritual discrimination and promote spiritual freedom for Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains.
A congressional caucus is a gaggle of members of america Congress that meet to pursue frequent legislative aims.
“We are not merely congregating to initiate another caucus; we’re assembling to pioneer a movement—one that strives for understanding, inclusion, and affirmative policy actions,” Thanedar advised reporters at a information convention right here.
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“A movement that says every faith, every culture, and every community has a place in America— the land of the free and the home of the brave. My name is Shri Thanedar. I am proof of America’s diversity in Congress,” he stated.
He was flanked by a gaggle of eminent Indian People who had gathered on the steps of the US Capitol from throughout the nation.
“Today is significant for numerous reasons. To many of you, the launch of the Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, and Jain (HBSJ) American Congressional Caucus may seem like a formal procedure, but let me assure you, it is so much more,” he stated.
It’s a assertion of dedication. A dedication to face in opposition to spiritual discrimination, to propel the wheels of inclusion, and to domesticate a nation the place variety isn’t just tolerated however celebrated, Thanedar stated.
“This caucus will create a platform to have the discourse, engage in action, dispel the misinformation and disinformation of our culture and society, to express religious freedom, protect our existence, and speak the truth about who we are by pushing back on hate and bigotry,” he stated.
Thanedar famous that as many as 27 Congressmen from each the Republican and the Democratic events have joined the newest caucuses of the US Congress.
“To illustrate the urgent need for this caucus, it’s important to put some numbers into context. We are not talking about abstract communities or conceptual problems. These are real issues affecting real people—our friends, our neighbours, and our constituents,” he stated.
Roughly 3 million Hindus, 1.2 million Buddhists, 500,000 Sikhs, and 200,000 Jains enrich our nation’s cultural and religious life, he stated.
About 1,000 Hindu temples, 1,000 Buddhist temples, 800 Sikh gurdwaras, and 100 Jain temples are unfold throughout America, appearing as facilities for group improvement, philanthropy, and religious well-being, Thanedar stated.
“So, when we speak about these communities, we are speaking about a substantial portion of our nation’s populace—a segment that contributes significantly to the American fabric yet often remains underrepresented or misunderstood,” he stated.
Thanedar stated HBSJ American Congressional Caucus goals to meet 4 elementary aims; combating spiritual discrimination, correct illustration and inclusion, addressing cultural misunderstandings and empowerment and well-being.
Romesh Japra, founder and chairman of People for Hindus described it as a momentous event.
There was an extended felt want of the Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains within the nation. The brand new caucus would assist in elevating the causes and defending the pursuits of those minority communities within the US, Japra stated.