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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 102

Hindu American Foundation Gets US Congress Attention: ......

[b]Hindu American Foundation Gets US Congress Attention: Reviews Hindu Human Rights Abuses in Pakistan, Bangladesh[/b]

Daya Gamage – US Correspondent to Asian Tribune

[b] Washington, D.C. 15 July ([/b] With over 600 documented attacks of murder, rape and physical intimidation of Hindus in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir last year alone, the ongoing atrocities against Hindus can no longer be ignored, said Dr. Ramesh Rao, member of the U.S.-based Hindu American Foundation coinciding the release of its first annual report on the status of Hindu human rights on July 13.

Although the United States Department of State and larger human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have largely ignored the human rights abuses of Hindus, the Foundation greatly succeeded in getting the attentive ear of the United States Congress.

The Hindu American Foundation is a human rights group whose purpose is to provide a voice for the 2 million strong Hindu American community. The Foundation interacts with and educates government, media, think tanks, academia and public fora about Hinduism and issues of concern to Hindus locally and globally. Promoting the Hindu and American ideals of understanding, tolerance and pluralism, the Foundation stands strong against hate, discrimination, defamation and terror.

According to U.S. government census, the Hindu population that was 387,000 in 1980 and 1.1 million in 1997 grew to approximately 2 million in the United States, a majority of Indian origin.

The current influence and clout of the Hindu American Foundation can be attributed to the high educational attainment of the community holding coveted positions in the United States both in the government and the corporate sector. The percentage of college or university degree holders among the Hindu/Asian/Indian community in the U.S. is 64.4 leading all other communities including White (25.3%) and Black Americans (13.6%). While a percentage of 12.5 hold advanced degrees, the White Americans in that category is low as 3% and Black Americans 1.2%. Chinese, Filipinos, Japanese and Koreans in both categories have better percentages than White and Black Americans; they are far below in percentage when compared to Hindu/Asian/India community.

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