In a historic move by Uthe S Georgia Assembly which passed a resolution, introduced by Representatives Lauren McDonald and Todd Jones from Forsyth County in the suburbs of Atlanta, which is known to be the largest Hindu and Indian-American communities. The resolution Condemns Hinduphobia and anti-Hindu bigotry. This resolution is said to be a historic move towards the empowerment and recognition of the Indian-American population.”Hinduism is one of the world’s largest and oldest religions with over 1.2 billion adherents in over 100 countries and encompasses an array of diverse traditions and belief systems with values of acceptance, mutual respect and peace”, the resolution read.
The resolution also recognised the contribution of the American-Hindu community towards medicine, science and engineering, information technology, hospitality, finance, academia, manufacturing, energy, and retail trade, among others. The contribution of Yoga, ayurveda, meditation, food, music, and arts have enriched the cultural fabric which has been largely adopted by American society and saved millions of lives, was also noted.
It also highlighted the increased crimes against the Hindu community over the last few decades. First-ever Hindu Advocacy Day was also held on March 22 at the Georgia State Capitol organised by the Atlanta chapter of the Coalition of Hindus of North America (CoHNA).
The General Secretary of CoHNA said “The issues faced by Hindu Americans in Georgia and the rest of the country via false, Hinduphobic narratives are negatively impacting a community that has been hardworking, law-abiding and enriching the fabric of America. We urged for their help in combating such bigotry which advances hatred and creates the idea that Hindus and people of Indian origin need special laws and monitoring due to allegations around some inherent propensity to discriminate.”