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Muslim American DQ franchisee displays Anti-Hindu sign

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Anti Hindu Signs near the Dairy Queen on Highway 146 in Texas

Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 1.19.55 PMKEMAH Texas, (Diya TV) — A Lone Star State business owner is making national headlines for displaying his anti-Hindu sentiments at his business for the public to see. Mohammad Dar, a Muslim and owner of a Houston-area Dairy Queen restaurant franchise, says that it’s wrong for people to follow a religion – something man-made rather than a set of beliefs, or laws.

Hindu is not a religion, Hindu is an act of a person – Mohammad Dar, Dairy Queen Franchisee

Dar said in an interview with local TV station KHOU11. “They may look human but they are acting like monkeys,” said Dar. In another interview with KPRC he said that “racism is the foundation of Hinduism.”

Dar claims the signs have only been on display for about six months, however, area residents have reportedly said they’ve been up for well over a year.

Additionally, he has papered the inside of the business with anti-religion posters, one of which refers to Hinduism as “monkeyism.”

“OBEY PRESERVE IMPLEMENT CONSTITUTION OF THE U.S.A., NOT MONEKYISM OF DARK AGES.”

Mohammad Dar

Mohammad Dar

Dar said the signs aren’t coming down because of their “educational value,” and, “because only about one percent” of the 200 customers he serves daily say they find them offensive.

In a joint statement from the Hindu American Foundation’s local Chapter & the Hindus of Greater Houston said, “While Mr. Dar has a First Amendment right to say what he wants at his own place of business, we find it disappointing that he chooses to malign Hinduism and its pluralistic ethos in the manner that he does. In times like these, signs like Mr. Dar’s only serve to contribute to ignorance and mistrust, as opposed to building bridges and understanding. We hope the customers who go to his store see past his signs and reach out to Hindus in their community to learn about their beliefs.”

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India-China strike détente over border issues

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Ladakh, INDIA (Diya TV)  — Just days after Indian Prime Minister Modi visited the frontlines in Ladakh to encourage his troops and honor those lost in a recent battle with China, India and China jointly announced both countries will disengage, pulling back in a limited manner at separate key points. A two-hour frank conversation between both nation’s foreign ministers led to the breakthrough. While both sides claim their sovereignty had been violated, India made some major economic moves against China in recent days, banning investment, stopping Chinese participation in freeway developments and blocking 59 apps including TikTok. TikTok announced they would lose up to $6 billion because of India’s ban.

In a statement on his agenda for Muslim Americans, presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden said he was disappointed with the Indian government’s implementation of the National Register of Citizens in Assam, the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act and recent actions in Jammu and Kashmir. Biden has a long list of agendas he plans to implement if he is elected President, but there is no listing as of yet for Hindu and Sikh Americans.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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COVID-19 explodes: 50,000 cases in one day, 10,000 in Florida

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AUSTIN, Texas (Diya TV)  — Fears of a COVID19 spike have been realized, as the caseload around the nation continues to set records daily. On Wednesday, 50,000 new cases were reported around America, 10,000 in Florida alone. Texas Governor Greg Abbott is now mandating masks in his hard-hit state and states that were starting to open up are now reworking their plans in order to combat COVID19.

As Indian and Chinese military commanders held a third round of talks on disengagement, the Indian government made another move against business and investment from China, announcing Chinese companies will not be allowed to take part in India’s highway and transportation projects, among other sectors. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi deleted his account on the Chinese social media platform Weibo.

President Trump though White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany made his strongest remarks to date on the India-China conflict, saying “China’s aggressive stance along the India-China border fits with a larger a pattern of Chinese aggression in other parts of the world and these action only confirm the true nature of the Chinese Communist Party.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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California lawsuit alleges caste-based discrimination at Cisco

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OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV)  — California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing sued Silicon Valley titan Cisco Systems and two of their former employees alleging discrimination against an Indian-American Dalit employee. The man claims harassment by two men who are Indian Americans of a higher caste, former Cisco engineering managers Sundar Iyer and Ramana Kompella. Cisco denies the charges.

On the heels of India banning 59 Chinese apps from being distributed, the FCC designated Chinese telecom companies Huawei and ZTE as threats to national security, saying money allocated by the government for broadband and other 5G related products cannot be used on equipment by those vendors. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lauded India for their ban of Chinese apps.

And in a new letter to Secretary of State Pompeo, 20 Senators are urging the Trump Administration to grant emergency refugee protections to Hindu and Sikh communities that have been long persecuted in Afghanistan.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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