Stop religious discrimination against Hindus in the USA

Stop religious discrimination against Hindus in the USA

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Hindu Rights started this petition to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and

The world’s largest minority religious group underrepresented in the global arena, the Hindus, have historically regarded Lord Ram to be born in Ayodhya. Lord Ram, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, is widely worshipped in the subcontinent despite historical persecutions by invaders. One among the many such persecution events is the desecration and destruction of the temple at the birthplace of Lord Ram by colonising forces. As a common practice among colonisers, a colonial monument was erected at the place where the temple existed using pillars from the destroyed temple. In independent India, the Hindu grief was turned into a property dispute by the state. After a long-winding judicial process that spanned evidences from literary sources in Sanskrit, Hindi, Urdu, Persian, Turkish, French and English, as well as history, culture, archaeology and religion, the Honourable Supreme Court of India decided the case in favour of the Hindu faith and intergenerational knowledge. The Hindus were required to prove beyond established standards of proof that a temple existed at the same disputed spot because a powerful global majority had their iconoclastic zeal alive and did not want to aid an inch to the polytheistic pagan Hindus. In a broader worldwide context, this is just the continued persecution of pagans over millennia - from Romans and Greek pagans, to native Americans in North and South America, natives in Australia, to name only a few. 


Given the context of the longest drawn judicial battle in India, resident and non-resident Hindus were jubilant that one of their favourite Gods would be having His human abode restored. This jubilance was a genuine outpouring of bhakti (a non-translatable emotion) and a celebration of faith in justice through democratic means. Naturally, Hindus in the United States of America, wanted to celebrate the occasion by advertising the event at Times Square. In an appalling turn of events, it was reported that the ad agency - Branded Cities - refused the rights of Hindus to celebrate the just event. Given the context of recent backlash glorification of colonists in monuments has been receiving recently through the historic Black Lives Matter movement, such a denial of basic rights is even more jarring.

 

As well-informed citizens of the world, we feel threatened by the ever increasing intolerance and bigotry against one of the last vestiges of the historically persecuted pagans  - the Hindus.

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