Georgia passes resolution condemning Hinduphobia, becomes first US state to do so
1 April, 2023 | Vaishali Sharma
In a historic gesture, the US Georgia Assembly passed the first-ever resolution condemning Hinduphobia, making the state the first in the US to do so. According to the official Twitter handle of th...
In a historic gesture, the US Georgia Assembly passed the first-ever resolution condemning Hinduphobia, making the state the first in the US to do so.
According to the official Twitter handle of the CoHNA (Coalition of Hindus of North America), the legislation recognises the contributions of Indian Americans and Hindu Americans in Georgia and condemns the development of Hinduphobia across the country.
The Coalition of Hindus of North America is a grassroots advocacy and civil rights organisation that represents North America’s Hindu population.
The resolution passed by the Georgia legislature citing ‘Understanding Hinduphobia
Initiative’ described Hinduphobia as “a set of antagonistic, destructive, and derogatory attitudes and behaviours towards Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) and Hindus that may manifest as prejudice, fear, or hatred.”
“In a historic move, Georgia legislature passes the first-ever County Resolution condemning #Hinduphobia and anti-Hindu bigotry! The resolution recognized the contributions of Indian Americans and Hindu Americans in Georgia andcalled out the rising #Hinduphobia around the country. This trend has been documented by the @HinduphobiaConf and the research by
@RutgersU and @ncri_io,” the official Twitter handle of CoHNA tweeted.
The resolution further stated that the American Hindu community has made significant contributions to a variety of areas in the United States, including medicine, research and engineering, information technology, hospitality, finance, academics, manufacturing, energy, retail trade, and many more.
“Hindu contributions of Yoga, Ayurveda, meditation, food, music, arts, and more have enriched the cultural fabric and have been widely adopted in American society and enriched the lives of millions,” it said.
The legislative delegation of Forsyth County in the suburbs of Atlanta, home to one of the largest Hindu American and Indian American diaspora communities, made an effort to recognize #Hinduphobia and call for an end to anti-Hindu hate, the CoHNA wrote on Twitter.
Reps Lauren McDonald and Todd Jones from Forsyth County, a suburb of Atlanta that is home to one of Georgia’s largest Hindu and Indian-American diaspora groups, presented the resolution.
Todd Jones is a State House Representative from District 25 (South Forsyth and North Fulton Counties), whereas Lauren McDonald is a Georgia representative from District 26.
Thanking the two US Reps, the CoHNA tweeted, “We [email protected] and @turntotodd for their leadership in directing this Resolution. This was the joint effort of many lawmakers who have worked closely with the Hindu community in the great State of Georgia and we thank them all for this recognition.”