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Georgia becomes first American state to condemn Hinduphobia, passes resolution

Washington: The US Georgia Assembly has passed a resolution condemning 'Hinduphobia' (prejudice against Hinduism). It has become the first US state to enact such a legal measure. Condemning Hinduphobia and anti-Hindu bigotry, the resolution said that Hinduism is the largest and oldest religion in the world and is practiced by 1.2 billion people in more than 100 countries.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Washington: The US Georgia Assembly has passed a resolution condemning ‘Hinduphobia’ (prejudice against Hinduism). It has become the first US state to enact such a legal measure. Condemning Hinduphobia and anti-Hindu bigotry, the resolution said that Hinduism is the largest and oldest religion in the world and is practiced by 1.2 billion people in more than 100 countries.

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The proposal states that this religion incorporates diverse traditions and belief systems with values ​​of acceptance, mutual respect and peace. The proposal was introduced by Reps. Lauren McDonald and Todd Jones from Atlanta’s Forsyth County. Atlanta has a large Hindu and Indian-American community.

The resolution said that the American-Hindu community has been a major contributor in diverse fields such as medicine, science and engineering, information technology, hospitality, finance, education, manufacturing, energy and retail trade.

It states that the community’s contributions to the fields of yoga, Ayurveda, meditation, food, music and the arts have enriched the cultural fabric and been widely adopted in American society and have improved the lives of millions of people.

The resolution states that in the past few years, several cases of hate crimes against Hindu-Americans have been registered in many parts of the country. According to the resolution, Hinduphobia has been fueled by some “academicians who advocate destroying Hinduism and alleging violence and persecution on its holy scriptures and cultural practices”.

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The movement for this proposal has been spearheaded by the Atlanta chapter of the Coalition of Hindus of North America (COHNA).He organized ‘Hindu Advocacy Day’ on March 22 at the ‘Georgia State Capitol’. About 25 delegates participated, including members of both the Republican and Democratic parties. COHNA Vice President Rajeev Menon said, “It was an honor to work with McDonald and Jones, along with other public representatives who guided us throughout the process of passing this resolution.

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