hgupta wrote:. There are some Democrats that are pro India and they get my votes.
Except for Tulsi, which other democrats are sympathetic to Hindus ? Republicans are not either. and certainly not the evangelicals. But democrats seems to be the worst on the face Hinduphobes of either two and more accommodating of the Islamists. Its a choice between bad and worse and Dems seems to be worse for Hindus or India.
By asking that US congress members be "sympathetic" to Hindus, we may be looking at things from the wrong end of the telescope.
US elected representatives respond to lobbies. In broad policy matters, they get "married" to one lobby or another, and stay more faithful to that lobby than they do to their own spouses. Like labor, gun industry, petrochemical industry, Jewish lobby, farmer lobby, abortion (pro- and anti-) lobby, evanjehadi lobby, LGBTQ lobby, Muslim Brotherhood lobby, etc.
Is rhere a Hindu lobby? Just kidding with that question. There is definitely a Muslim Brotherhood lobby.
There is a tiny Indian lobby that focuses on H1-B, as sub-junior partner with tech industry lobby.
Best way for a startup or wannabe lobby to get Congress to bend your way is to work with an existing lobby. If you and that lobby feel a sense of mutual identification, then it works best. For Cashmere, the ummah is that ahared identity.
Lobbies are serious, passionate things. You can't have just a transactional relationship with them. You have to be all-in. Sometimes, lobbies of equal and proven power co-operate with each other (these days it is called intersectionality).
That means, hypothetically if Hindus want to work with evanjehadi lobby because they are upset with what happened due to MB lobby in Congress, and evanjehadis also are against MB, Hindus have to be either devoted evanjehadis (identification) or they have to be a powerful lobby. Both premises would be absurdly false.
If one or the other premise is to be made true, Hindus would have to ask themselves, what are they passionate about, enough to become that thing? IOW, what is their deep-down, core identity?
(Don't confuse this "identity" with "identity politics" which gets a lot of stick nowadays. Even "gun industry" is an identity, as you have to live and breathe that 24/365/all life. "Identity politics" as pejorative was invented just to confuse and weaken rival lobbies)
I don't think Hindus in America have worked out this last question. I don't think they are even at the point of believing that there is such a thing as identity. Hindus in America "take on" an identity, and don't "become" that or any other identity. Mostly it is White Educated Liberal Americans + Bharatanatyam + Bala vihar. Liberal because Hindu values, Gandhi etc. Doesn't add up to an identity.
Same way, if angry rakshaks want to "take on" white evanjehadi or gun lobby or pollution lobby identities because they are mad at the previous assumed identity not working for them, they are welcome to do so, but I don't think it will work. I certainly hope they will honestly post their experiences so that we will have more data. And maybe they will prove that my model is wrong. Get a Republican congress member to echo the Indian case, and railroad the MBs, similar to the way MB lobby got the Democrats to echo the MB case and railroad Hindu India. Then teach us how you did it.
Can we build a Hindu identity in America? Yes, but like any worthwhile endeavor, it will be a long and arduous process, instant gratification guaranteed to be not there at all.
Again, the only one I see on the horizon who gets any of this is Modi. Look to the Howdy Modi rally as a beginning of the process of stirring of a Hindu identity in US. Realize that this is also motivating the MB lobby. They understand that Hindu India alone has the unique potential to put an end to Islam as a political power that we have known throughout history. Without an all-consuming war. But it is potential only. Enough to scare them into more intense activity, enough to give us hope.