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‘Hindus for Trump’ depict the Republican frontrunner as Lord Vishnu

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Santa Clara, Calif. (Diya TV) — After capturing seven of the 11 “Super Tuesday” Republican caucuses, Donald Trump is the clear frontrunner for the party’s Presidential nomination. As his campaign continues to garner more momentum, a group called ‘Hindus for Trump’ is making social media buzz for creating a poster (seen below) where Donald Trump is seen in a yoga pose sitting on something that resembles a lotus with colors of the American flag, embossed with an ‘Om’ symbol.

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In Hindu mythology, the deity Vishnu sits in a similar posture on a lotus.

The group’s Facebook page can be seen here, and they also have a Twitter page (@USAHindus4Trump). Using the hashtag #HindusForTrump, proponents of the group have began sharing their message as to why they believe the billionaire real estate magnate is the best candidate to support in November’s election.

The president of the group, AD Amar, is also a business professor at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. In addition to this group, Amar also helped to create “Indian Americans for Trump 2016,” a political action committee registered with the Federal Election Commission. Amar said Trump’s policies on illegal immigration and economy were the main reasons why other Indian Americans should support him.

“On realizing that the agenda of Donald Trump for President 2016 is focused on reviving the American economy, rightly bringing America on the world stage, defeating terrorism and establishing peace through strength, many Indian-Americans believe that he is the best hope for America and the right candidate to be the next President,” Amar’s PAC previously said in a statement.

In a recent blog post, Hindus For Trump also listed what they call ‘evidence that USA Hindus are supporting Trump’.

“Sources estimate that there are between 1.5 million and 2.5 million Hindus living in the USA. But is there any evidence that this growing demographic is organizing to support Trump? Yes! And this support is coming from some of the most influential and widely respected names within the Hindu community,” the blog post said.

The group’s founder, Shalabh Kumar, reportedly “is close to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, [and] has relationships in the Republican Party dating back to the Reagan administration.”

Rishi Bhutada, treasurer of the Hindu American PAC, told Diya TV “Hindus are supporting all sorts of political views. As a group, I don’t think they are supporting one candidate.”

When asked about the deification of Trump in the poster by ‘Hindus for America’, Bhutada called the group “overly enthusiastic” and said “it’s probably not in good taste to cast a Presidential candidate in the same pose as a Hindu deity.”

[quote style=’1′ cite=” title=”]”I think it’s taking into account a few individuals on social media. It’s not reflective of the entire Indian American Community.”[/quote] – Rishi Bhutada, Hindu American PAC Treasurer

Bhutada says HAPAC has only endorsed Congressional candidates to date and was still waiting to see how the primaries shake out before taking a stance on the Presidential race.

Although the Hindu American PAC is a separate entity from the Hindu American Foundation, the two are closely associated. Mihir Meghani, the co-founder of Hindu American Foundation, is also the Chair of the HAPAC.

Deepti Dawar contributed to this report.

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India agrees to supply Hydroxychloroquine to U.S.

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — India confirmed they will fulfill the order the U.S. made for hydroxychloroquine, just a couple of days after they banned all exports of the malaria treatment without exception. President Trump and Prime Minister Modi spoke about keeping the supply chain intact over the weekend. And India says the U.S. purchase was approved before President Trump said there would be ‘retaliation’ if the drug was not released, medicine that is being used to treat coronavirus patients without definitive evidence it works. India says they have enough hydroxychloroquine stock for its people today, but reserves the right to hold back the supply if their COVID-19 caseload increases.

One day after he defended firing Captain Brett Crozier from command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt by calling him “stupid,” Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned. Modly was severely criticized for firing Crozier, after the captain wrote an alarming letter seeking faster assistance for his sailors exposed to COVID-19 on board, a letter that was leaked to the press.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump calls on Modi to supply Hydroxychloroquine

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — President Trump spoke to Prime Minister Modi over the weekend about how the two nations would combat the coronavirus, with a focus on ensuring the supply chain for pharmaceuticals and medical goods continues. But at a press conference, when informed India had banned the export of the drug hydroxychloroquine “without any exceptions,” Trump threatened retaliation. Hydroxychloroquine is typically used to treat malaria, but some COVID-19 patients have found it helpful. And the President has been touting it during his press conferences, without a clinical trial proving if it is indeed effective. India provides nearly half of America’s supply of the medicine. It is not clear whether India’s ban would apply to orders already placed.

Prime Minister Modi called on his nation to unite in the battle against COVID-19 by lighting diyas for 9 minutes at 9 pm Sunday night. Millions of people around India took part, which is now entering its third week of being mandated to stay at home to stop the spread of the virus.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump tells India to supply hydroxychloroquine or face ‘retaliation’

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During a White House Press briefing, President Trump recounted having a conversation with Indian Prime Minister Modi Sunday morning about the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. When informed by reporters that Modi was unlikely to release to any nation hydroxychloroquine, a drug used to treat malaria that may be helpful in treating COVID-19, Trump responded in shock, stating that he didn’t like the plan and that he would be surprised if this was the Prime Minister’s decision due to India’s strong economic ties with the United States in the trade sector. Trump stated that this course of action wouldn’t be consequence free, and that there may be retaliation in response. 

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