FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thousands of Indian American Businesses and Hindu Temples Unite, Join HinduPACT in Urging California Senate to Reject Caste Bill SB 403 Major Hindu and Indian businesses and temples have united to issue the following statement to oppose the proposed California Caste Bill SB 403. The bill, introduced...Read More
HinduPACT urges you to ask California State Senate to reject SB403, an ill-defined and ill-intentioned bill to ban so-called “caste” discrimination in the State of California. SB-403 will directly lead to hatred against people of origin in Indian subcontinent, bullying in schools, discrimination in workplace and violence directed at them...Read More
HindPACT opposes the California SB-403, introduced by State Sen. Aisha Wahab and requests the California Senators to vote against this bill to protect the minority community from the Indian Subcontinent. This bill purports to ban discrimination based on “caste.” However, it is important to note that the bill’s definition of...Read More
Say NO to Caste Resolutions
Seattle City Council
HinduPACT, Hindu Mandir Executives’ Conference (HMEC) and Other Hindu Organizations’ Request Seattle City Council to Reject of CB 120511 February 20, 2023 Honorable Council Members, We, the undersigned, representing prominent Hindu organizations and temples are deeply concerned about the Council’s recent discussions on the issue of “caste.” We urge...Read More
WASHINGTON, DC – HinduPACT, the Hindu Mandir Executives’ Conference (HMEC), prominent Hindu organizations and over 200 concerned Hindus are calling on the SeattleCity Council to Reject CB 120511. The proposed legislation is Hinduphobic and disproportionately targets Hindus by adding the word “caste” to the protected classes thereby perpetuating racist colonialist...Read More
February 20, 2023 Honorable Council Members, We, the undersigned, representing prominent Hindu organizations and temples are deeply concerned about the Council’s recent discussions on the issue of “caste.” We urge the Council members to reject CB 120511 that adds the word “caste” to the protected classes. The word “caste” is...Read More
Santa Clara Human Rights Commission
April 7, 2021 Honorable Supervisors, We, the undersigned, representing are deeply concerned about the Commission’s recent discussions on the issue of “caste.” We urge the Commission not to pursue any proposal seeking to add the word “caste” as a specific protected category. The word “caste” is of Portuguese origin (Casta...Read More
The attack on BAPS and the allegations of “caste-based exploitation” in BAPs temple complex in Robbinsville-NJ, involves a web of organizations and institutions with a long track record of Hinduphobic activism, both in the United States and India. It is also not a coincidence that the article in the New...Read More
Namaste, There have been recent news articles about Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) mandir construction project in New Jersey. While we cannot comment on the legal matters, we understand that BAPS is cooperating with the relevant law enforcement agencies and the truth will eventually prevail. The attack on BAPS,...Read More
The word “caste” is of Portuguese origin (Casta ‘lineage, race, breed’) and was used to categorize diverse professional guilds in Asia by European colonial powers in the 18th century, to mirror those that existed in late 16th century Europe. There is no reference to the word “caste” in any of the canonical Hindu scriptures nor in any other religious or philosophical school that originated in the Indian subcontinent.
The attack on BAPS, for caste discrimination bewildering. We have a long history of working with BAPS and have always known it as an exemplary organization working for the upliftment of all Hindus regardless of “caste”, creed or race. These attacks fit the recent pattern of characterizing American Hindus as castist in various forums.
Hindu Mandir Executives’ Conference and HinduPACT, requests all the mandirs, organizations and individuals to come together and sign this Dharma Coalition letter supporting BAPS