Dozens of Hindu groups slam Teaneck Dems, want ‘hate filled’ resolution rescinded – New Jersey Globe | New Jersey Politics

By David Wildstein, September 28 2022 10:46 am
A group of more than 50 New Jersey-based Hindu American organizations have slammed the Teaneck Democratic organization for passing a “hate filled” resolution condemning some Hindu groups and demonizing their community by taking sides in a global conflict over the treatment of Muslims in India and want the action rescinded. 

“This resolution wrongly condemns almost every major Hindu American organization in the United States as an organization which promotes hate and terrorism, and it was passed without even providing any of the mentioned Hindu American organizations the opportunity to be heard,” the groups said. 

The resolution, pushed through by Teaneck Democratic municipal chair Alexandra Soriano-Taveres, has received tremendous pushback from Democratic elected officials and party leaders.  The issue involves longtime allegations that Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister and a Hindu nationalist, has advocated for depriving Indian Muslims of certain rights, including land ownership.

“The defamatory allegations made in this resolution demonize the entire Hindu American community and Hindu American organizations, and promote further hatred and violence against a minority community in the United States,” the New Jersey groups said in their statement. 

They said Teaneck Democrats “may simply be a pawn in a much larger agenda to malign and denigrate the Hindu American community, “but we wish to impress upon the TDMC that there are real consequences when one makes misplaced, false, and malicious allegations about a law-abiding and peaceful community.”

“In a time where there is an increased awareness of the need for diversity, inclusion, and mutual respect, it is ever more important to call out false narratives, bigotry, and hatred as we see it,” the Indian American organizations said.

Signing the statement: American Hindus against Defamation; NJ American Indian Association; Arya Samaj of Garden State, Om temple;BAPS Shri Swaminarayan MandirNorth Bergen; Chappaiya Dham Coalition of Hindus of North America (CoHNA); NJ Divyajyot Foundation; NJ Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA ;Fair Lawn Indian Community; Federations of Indian Associations NY, NJ, CT, MA; Gandhi Center; Gayatri Mandir; Glen Rock Indian Community; Govinda Sanskar Center; Gurukul Swaminarayan; Hanuman Temple; Hindu America PAC of NY;  Hindu Community Center; Hindus for America; NJ Hindu Society of Central; NJ Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh; New Jersey HinduPACT; NJ Hindu Mandirs Executive Council; NJIndia Cultural Center; India Heritage Center; NJ Indian American Association in Clifton; Indo American Senior Citizen Associations of Bergen County; Isha Vedic Foundation; ISKCON NJ; Jersey City Asian Merchant Association; Kerala Hindus of New Jersey; Mallakhamb Federation of USA; NJ Marlboro Indian Foundation; Monroe Indians for Civic Action New Jersey Arya Samaj mandir Inc.’Param Shakti Peeth of America(PSPA); PARMANAND MISSION; Ridgewood Indian Community (RIC); Samskrita Bharati NJ; Sanatan Mandir;  SAYFNA Saraswati Cultural Association; Sewa International; NJ Shree Siddhivinayak; Temple of USA Shree Umiya Dham, Edison; NJ Subodh Yoga; The American Indian Public Affairs Committee; United Rudra Foundation; Vadtaldham Swaminarayan Temple; NJ Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America; NJ Vihangam; Yoga Vraj Dham World NRI Association; NJ World Peace and Health Foundation; USA World Spiritual Awareness Forum, Inc.; Yogalife USA Inc.; and the Yogi Divine Society of NJ.


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