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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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Rep. Jayapal introduces bipartisan Kashmir resolution

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Democratic Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal introduced bipartisan legislation in the House asking India to preserve religious freedom for all, reopen all communications & release those detained without charge in Jammu & Kashmir. Jayapal also celebrated the release of Dr. Mubeen Shah, a Kashmiri business leader who was detained, she was instrumental in helping. Meanwhile, the Indian government announced there is no movement restriction in Jammu & Kashmir, transportation services are normal, as are schools, government offices and courts. In addition, India says all landlines have been restored throughout the region, but broadband continues to be limited on mobile devices in Kashmir.

A 23 year old woman who was set on fire in Uttar Pradesh while heading to testify against her alleged rapists died in a New Delhi hospital burn unit. Police have the five suspects allegedly involved in the attack in custody.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Suspects in Hyderabad gang rape murder killed by police

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Hyderabad, India (Diya TV)  — Four suspects in the rape and murder of a 27-year-old veterinarian in Hyderabad were killed by police, who claim the four men were shot in self-defense. The action is drawing praise from the family of the victim but criticism from some lawmakers and civil rights groups.

Protests erupted in India this week seeking justice for this latest victim of sexual assault. Earlier in the week, a 23-year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh heading to testify against a man who allegedly raped her multiple times was set on fire by a group of five men she says included her rapist, who was free on bail. She remains in critical condition.

In a terse letter denouncing impeachment proceedings, The White House signaled it does not intend to mount a defense of President Trump or otherwise participate in the House impeachment hearings. The decision by the administration likely accelerates the pace of impeachment. Hearings continue Monday.

Texas Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher introduced legislation to honor Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal’s memory by renaming a post office in Houston in his honor.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian rape survivor set on fire before trial testimony

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UNNAO, India (Diya TV)  — A 23-year-old woman in India heading to testify against a man who allegedly raped her multiple times was set on fire by a group of five men she says included her rapist, who was free on bail. Doctors at the Lucknow hospital she was brought to say she is in very serious condition, with burn injuries to 90% of her body. Local police say all five suspects are in custody. India’s National Commission for Women are seeking a detailed report regarding the number of reported heinous crimes committed against women and bail granted in such cases.

Nithyananda, a popular guru that faces charges of abduction and rape in India, announced he was establishing the Republic of Kailaasa on an island off the coast of Ecuador, which he claims will be the “world’s greatest and purest Hindu nation,” with promises of free education, free healthcare, free food and the revival of the temple based lifestyle, In addition to facing charges in Gujarat over multiple allegations, French authorities are investigating Nithyananda after one of his French devotees complained the guru had cheated him out of $400,000.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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