SACRAMENTO, CA, USA—U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard continues to face challenges over her links to militant nationalist organizations in India.
“We remain deeply disturbed by Gabbard’s friendship with fascist leaders in India who promote Hindutva and seek to exterminate non-Hindus from the country,” comments Arvin Valmuci. He is a spokesperson for Organization for Minorities of India (OFMI), which just released a new four-minute video documenting Gabbard’s ties to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a paramilitary, and the RSS’s political wing, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Gabbard was announced in November 2017 as the chair of the World Hindu Congress (WHC) 2018. At the time, she issued an official video, stating, “I am so honored to be joining you as the chair of the upcoming 2018 World Hindu Congress to be held in Chicago.” Featured keynote speakers at the WHC will include Mohan Bhagwat, the Supreme Leader of the RSS, as well as controversial BJP politicians Yogi Adityanath and Narendra Modi.
The WHC conference is being organized by Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA). VHPA is a branch of India-based VHP, which was declared a “militant religious group” in the CIA’s 2018 World Factbook. The VHP was founded in 1965 by M.S. Golwalkar, who was then Supreme Leader of the RSS. According to OFMI’s new video, the RSS was directly inspired by Nazi Germany in both its ideology and structure. In his 1939 manifesto, We or Our Nationhood Defined, Golwalkar wrote,
“Race Spirit has been awakening…. The world has to see the might of the regenerated Hindu Nation strike down the enemy’s hosts with its mighty arm…. The ancient Race Spirit, which prompted the Germanic tribes to over-run the whole of Europe, has re-risen in modern Germany…. German race pride has now become the topic of the day. To keep up the purity of the race and its culture, Germany shocked the world by her purging the country of the Semitic races — the Jews. Race pride at its highest has been manifested here.”
“Representative Tulsi Gabbard shamelessly embraces friendship with Hindutva leaders from India who engage in pogroms against minorities and seek to exterminate Indian Christians and Muslims,” remarks Bhajan Singh, OFMI’s Founding Director. “The WHC recently announced MIT Professor S.P. Kothari will join as a chair, but news articles and promotional materials continue to circulate which feature Gabbard as the chair. We are calling on Gabbard to publicly reject her invitation to the VHPA’s World Hindu Congress and reject all ties to the fascist leaders of the RSS and BJP.”
Earlier in April, OFMI issued an open letter to Gabbard urging her to end her relationship with groups that promote Hindu nationalism.