Sunday, October 16, 2016

Hindu Americans for Trump

While the entire world is crying foul with Trump's xenophobia, racism, bigotry and intolerance against the 'others' our Hindu Americans in the USA are rallying behind him. What is wrong with the Hindu Americans?
Answer is simple: since Trump is against Muslims, he must be a better candidate for the Hindus, that is what they surmise. Surprised? Don't be, it is the fact in our Machiavellian world where "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" rules!
Yesterday, women in glittering saris roamed the space, as faint smells of samosas filled the air. Signs such as “Trump For Hindu Americans” and “Trump Good For India” lay on the seats in the New Jersey Convention Center and Expo in Edison – a town that is home to one of the largest Indian populations in the USA.
Before Trump spoke, the crowd came to its feet for a fiery opening act. Only this time, it wasn’t former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who had introduced Trump at his first two rallies of the day in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Bangor, Maine. It was Prabu Dheva, a star choreographer in India.  One Indian news outlet said Dheva “is known for explosive dance moves which will make you wonder if the man has any bones at all in his body.”
It was an apt description. Surrounded by backup dancers, also dressed in traditional Indian costumes, Dheva moved as if he had electric shocks running through his body. In response, some members of the audience did as well.
Trump was introduced by a Chicago-based businessman, Shalabh Kumar. For months, he has been a proponent of Trump’s candidacy has donated thousands to his campaign.  Kumar is Trump’s most prominent Indian-American supporter.
On Saturday, Kumar introduced Trump as his “friend.”
Eventually, Trump came on stage. And in typical Trump style, he didn’t change his approach for anybody. He walked on to his usual “Proud To Be An American,” a Lee Greenwood classic.
Before speaking, Trump lit a “diya”  - an oil lamp traditionally symbolizing good luck and knowledge. His walk-up song continued to blare.
“I am a big fan of Hindu and I am a big fan of India. Big, big fan,” Trump told the crowd in a speech that lasted slightly more than ten minutes.
Trump spoke about his own projects in India -- “India. You probably know, very successful, wonderful,  wonderful partners” -- and he paid tribute to Indian-American contributions to the United States before moving on to the topic of combatting terrorism.
“When I’m president, we will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with India in sharing intelligence and keeping our people safe, mutually,” Trump said.
And with the bravado that propelled Trump to the nomination, he talked about strengthening the ties between the United States and India.
“Under a Trump administration, we are going to become even better friends,” Trump said. “In fact, I’ll take the word ’even’ out because we are going to be best friends. There won’t be any relationship more important to us.“
Trump also took a moment to pay tribute to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and suggested he might use him as a model for governance.
“I look forward to working with Prime Minister Modi, who has been very energetic in reforming India’s bureaucracy. Great man. I applaud him for doing so and I look for doing some serious bureaucratic trimming right here in the United States. Believe me, we need it also.”
After Trump finished his speech, he walked away from the microphone and waved to the crowd. He came back for a short encore.
“We love the Hindus. We love India,” Trump said, before walking off the stage for good.
See the link here for Trump's latest meetings with Hindu Americans.

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