Indian American Congressman Shrinivas Thanedar recently inaugurated the Congressional Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, and Jain American Caucus (HSBJ) in the United States Congress, with more than two dozen US lawmakers joining the initiative.
A congressional caucus typically comprises members of Congress united by shared legislative goals.
During a press conference, Thanedar expressed the caucus's mission, stating, "We are not just creating another caucus; we are starting a movement. A movement that aims to foster understanding, promote inclusion, and take affirmative policy actions."
He emphasized the importance of embracing diversity in America, highlighting his own role as a representative of the nation's multiculturalism.
The launch ceremony took place at the steps of the US Capitol, with the presence of distinguished Indian Americans from across the country.
Thanedar underscored that this caucus signifies more than a mere formality—it represents a firm commitment to combat religious discrimination, encourage inclusion, and celebrate diversity in the United States.
The caucus aims to facilitate discussions, take concrete actions, counter misinformation, uphold religious freedom, defend against hate and bigotry, and advocate for the true identity of its members.
Twenty-seven Congressmen, spanning both the Republican and Democratic parties, have already joined this initiative.
With approximately 3 million Hindus, 1.2 million Buddhists, 500,000 Sikhs, and 200,000 Jains in the United States, these communities contribute significantly to the nation's economic, cultural and spiritual landscape.
Romesh Japra, the founder and chairman of Americans for Hindus, described the establishment of the caucus as a historic occasion, representing a concerted effort to raise awareness of and protect the interests of Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Jains in the United States.
Nayan Dwivedi is Staff Writer at Swarajya.
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