Source: News Bharati English16 Oct 2016 15:42:14
Edison, New Jersey, Oct 16: Calling India a "key strategic ally", Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has promised that if voted to power India and the US would become "best friends" and have a "phenomenal future" together.
In wake of forthcoming presidential election of Unites States in an attempt to woe the Indian Diaspora spread across the United States, Donald Trump addressed the rally of Hindu-Americans in New Jersey. He was delivering his poll camping speech to Indian-Americans organised by the Republican Hindu Coalition. The event organised for the victims of terrorism like Kashmiri Pundits and Bangladeshi Hindus.
Woeing the Hindu Diaspora trump said "I am a big fan of Hindus and I am a big fan of India. If elected, the Indian and Hindu community would have a true friend at the White House"
"I have two massive developments in India, very successful, wonderful, wonderful partners, very beautiful, I must say. I have great friends and great confidence in India. Incredible people and an incredible country. I was there 19 months ago and look forward to going there many times," he said.
Trump said India had experienced firsthand "brutality of terror" in the past "including the mayhem in Mumbai, a place that I love, a place that I understand." The terrorist attack in Mumbai, the attack on Indian Parliament was "absolutely outrageous" and terrible, he said. He supported India for the fight against terrorism.
Applauding the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi he said, "I look forward to working with Prime Minister Modi." He further added that, the Indian leader is very energetic and he is very keen to work with Modi.
“We are going to have a phenomenal future together," said trump. He also appreciated the economic reforms initiated by Modi government, “He went on saying that he has great confidence in PM Modi and India.
Expressing his deep concern over the terrorist attack on Mumbai trump said,
“India had seen brutality of terrorism, including the 26/11 Mumbai attack and it was absolutely outrageous." It was for the first time a presidential candidate attended an Indian-American event this election season. Around 5,000 Indian-Americans were present at the trump show.
Earlier in the month of September, Donald Trump had praised the Hindu community."The Hindu community has made fantastic contributions to world civilisation and to American culture and we look forward to celebrating our shared values of free enterprise, hard work, family values, and a strong American foreign policy," said Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
The mega rally was organised under the banner of Republican Hindu Coalition, a forum of Hindu-Americans. The founder of Republican Hindu Coalition Shalabh Kumar claimed that this is the first of its kind event where Trump addressed only one specific ethnic community. He is also Chairman of Indian-American Advisory Council to the Republican Part.
Shalabh Kumar who is trump’s biggest financial backers runs an electronics manufacturing company and grew up in the state of Punjab. He has helped in organising a speech by the Republican nominee in Edison, New Jersey, at a concert on Saturday. “Mr. Trump is all about development; prosperity; tremendous job growth. And at the same time, he recognises the need to control the borders,” said Shalabh Kumar.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump not only enjoys support from Americans of Indian origin but he also has quite good fan following based in India. In India some supporters who wanted Donald Trump to win the race of White House the presidential election of United States of America calling Trump a saviour of Hindu community.
According to New York Times in India in the month of May a yagna, was performed in honour of Trump. Then there were the posters, standard Donald Trump head shots except for a touch of artistic interpretation: a tilak, the red dot symbolic of the spiritual third eye in Hindu culture, smudged on his forehead.
Some supporters have started comparing Donald Trump and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi for their Hindu Nationalist Image.
This celebration of Trump in New Delhi in May, and others like it in India this year, are the work of a small, devoted and increasingly visible faction of Hindu nationalists in India and the U.S. who see Trump as the embodiment of the cocksure, politically incorrect, strongman brand of politics they admire. Parallels with Modi.
The campaign’s chief executive, Stephen K. Bannon, is a student of nationalist movements. Bannon is close to Nigel Farage, a central figure in Britain’s movement to leave the EU, and he is an admirer of India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
Manu Bhagavan, who teaches South Asian history at Hunter College, said the Hindu nationalist movement in India and its devotees in the U.S. shared a belief that what was once pure and virtuous about Indian life has been tainted.
“They locate this in a grand Hindu past,” he said. “If you go before Muslims entered India, before all these foreigners came in and messed things up, Hindus could do this, Hindus could do that.”