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HinduPACT Statement on Attacks on Asian Americans

March 19, 2021HinduPACT condemns the murders and other violent attacks on Asian Americans across the US, including Indian Americans who are predominantly followers of the dharmic religious traditions.  Reports indicate that over the past one year, around 3000 attacks on Asian Americans have taken place, which reflects a 150% increase over the previous year.  HinduPACT believes that lack of cultural understanding, racial prejudices, and economic envy are among the primary reasons for these attack ...

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HinduPACT Outlines Hindu Agenda for First 100 Days of Biden/Harris Administration

January 21, 2020 American Hindus played a key role in the battleground states during the 2021 Presidential elections with an estimated 60 percent of American Hindus voting for candidates on the Democratic ticket.  HinduPACT, one of the key organizations representing Hindus in the US, urges the Biden administration to take action on the following issues that are of importance to the Hindu community in the first 100 days of their administration: Ensure legal protection for DALCA (Deferred ...

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HinduPACT Press Release on the Riots at Capitol Hill

The following statement was issued by HinduPACT, an initiative of World Hindu Council of America(VHPA). HinduPACT has stood for the democratic right to peaceful protest. However, the events this week at the Capitol Hill are not reflective of peaceful protests. We believe that such riots undermine the democracy and democratic processes and must be denounced by all. We also believe that there is no place for flags of any country other than the USA at these protests. We note that attempts to li ...

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HinduPACT Gala Program Press Release

Hindu Advocacy in America – Towards a Strong American Hindu Voice in the Public Square To kick-off its 2021 policy research and advocacy initiatives, HinduPACT organized a fundraiser gala on Saturday, December 19, 2020.  Conducted virtually on several online platforms, it was headlined by an anticipated keynote by Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, US House of Representatives, and included four prominent American Hindu panelists: Dr. Rik Mehta, Ms. Vindhya Adapa, Dr. Raj Vedam, and Pandit Roo ...

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HinduPACT Press Release on Presidential Elections

The following statement was issued by Ajay Shah, Convener, HinduPACT USA: While the official elections have yet to be certified, the media has projected Vice President Biden and Sen. Harris as winners of the elections.  If these results eventually hold, on behalf of American Hindus we congratulate the Democratic ticket.  We want to commend a record number of voters who turned out to vote for elections in the 2020 Presidential election cycle.  We anticipate that a record nu ...

Press Release HinduPACT Co-Sponsors 2020 Presidential Debate from Hindu Perspective

HinduPACT Co-Sponsors 2020 Presidential Debate from Hindu Perspective

San Francisco, CA (Sunday, October 18, 2020): A coalition of Hindu American organizations joined hands to conduct a first of its kind debate to discuss issues relevant to the Hindu American community in the upcoming presidential election. On Sunday, October 18, 2020, six Hindu Americans, split evenly between the two presidential candidates, met virtually to debate topics as they related to the Hindu American community in the following three broad areas: domestic policy, foreign policy, and over ...

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AHAD Statement on Kamala Harris Durga Meme

The following statements were issued by American Hindus Against Defamation (AHAD) and HinduPACT (initiatives of World Hindu Council of America) on Kamala Harris as Goddess Durga meme: Statement by Ajay Shah, Executive Vice President, VHPA, Convener AHAD and HinduPACT: “It seems to us that Sen. Harris, a self-acknowledged non-Hindu has now realized that in the battleground states, the Hindu votes matter.  So, Senator Harris is now rapidly discovering her Hindu roots.  Welcome hom ...

AHAD Demands that New York State Senate include the Nazi Hakenkreuz and NOT the sacred Swastika in New York school curriculum

American Hindus Against Defamation (AHAD) an initiative of World Hindu Council of America (VHPA), has issued the following statement on NY State Senate Bill SS 6648: NY State Senate Bill SS 06648 sponsored by Senator Todd Kaminsky (D) 9TH SENATE DISTRICT and co-sponsored by Senators Joseph Addabbo Jr (D) 15TH SENATE DISTRICT, Alessandra Biaggi (D, WF) 34TH SENATE DISTRICT, John Brooks (D) 8TH SENATE DISTRICT, and  David Carlucci (D) 38TH SENATE DISTRICT has a stated p ...

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HinduPACT USA (VHPA) Statement on Killing on George Floyd

June 3, 2020 Hindu Policy Research and Advocacy Collective USA (HinduPACT USA), an initiative of World Hindu Council of America (VHPA), has issued the following statement on the killing of George Floyd. Commenting on the killing on police killing of George Floyd, Ajay Shah, Convener of HinduPACT USA and Executive Vice President of VHPA said: We condemn the brutal killing of George Floyd. We stand for racial justice, equality, and civil rights. "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness," embodi ...

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VHPA Launches Hindu Policy Research and Advocacy Collective USA (HinduPACT USA)

May 31, 2020 World Hindu Council of America (VHPA), the oldest, and one of the most prominent Hindu organizations in America has launched a grassroots initiative- Hindu Policy Research and Advocacy Collective USA (HinduPACT USA). HinduPACT USA aims to bring Hindu ethos and dharmic values of unity in diversity, plurality, compassion and, mutual respect amongst religions to policy and advocacy for human rights, environmental protection, gender equality, education, and interfaith dialog. HinduPACT ...