Senator Harris, Insulting Goddess Durga for Votes is NOT Acceptable: American Hindus Against Defamation

Hindu Policy Research and  

Advocacy Collective 

Ajay Shah 

Convener, AHAD,  

American Hindus Against  Defamation (AHAD) &  HinduPACT 


Utsav Chakrabarti Director, Public  Relations 

Senator Harris, Insulting Goddess Durga for Votes is NOT  Acceptable 

October 18, 2020 

The following statements were issued by American Hindus Against Defamation (AHAD) and HinduPACT  (initiatives of World Hindu Council of America) on Kamala Harris as Goddess Durga meme: 

Statement by Ajay Shah, Executive Vice President, VHPA, Convener AHAD and HinduPACT: 

“It seems to us that Sen. Harris, a self-acknowledged non-Hindu has now realized that in the  battleground states, the Hindu votes matter. So, Senator Harris is now rapidly discovering her Hindu  roots. Welcome home, Senator, you have now moved on from masala dosas and cleverly inserted  reference to “chitti” to donning the dress of Goddess Durga. Do you want to know what those who  practice Hindu dharma think about this cartoonish portrayal of you as Durga Mata? Before assuming  the form of Durga Mata, through your niece, did you bother picking up a book on Hindu Dharma 101 or  at least talk to your “chitti?” Hindus are offended, and Hindus are outraged, because you have insulted  Hindu Goddess and while you continue to claim to be a non-Hindu, you have the audacity to assume the  form of a revered Hindu Goddess during one of the most auspicious Hindu festivals, Navaratri for scoring  political points.” 

Statement by Utsav Chakrabarty Executive Director, HinduPACT: 

“The caricature of Hindu deities wreaks is tokenism that has become a hallmark of Biden-Harris ticket. At  best it is cheap and hurtful and at its worst, creates tank Hinduphobia in communities that already have  very little knowledge about Hindu Dharma.” 

Statement by Rakhi Israni, Executive Director, Legal, HinduPACT 

“It’s quite telling that a campaign that won’t even put out an agenda for the Hindu American community  when they have done so for other religious communities is misappropriating the religious symbols and  pictures of this same community for their own purposes. In other words, it seems that what the  Biden/Harris Campaign is saying is don’t ask what we will do for you, but continue giving your all to  us. It’s about time Hindu Americans wake up. We can’t afford to be emotionally tied to one party or  another lest we are taken for granted.”

About AHAD  

American Hindus Against Defamation (AHAD) is the first and the most prominent Hindu organization  against defamation in the USA. An initiative of World Hindu Council of America (VHPA), AHAD has been  actively monitoring mass media, products, public places etc. to ensure respectful and accurate  representation of Hindu dharma, culture, images and icons. Active since 1997, hundreds of thousands  of Hindus have participated in various advocacy activities led by AHAD.  

About HinduPACT USA 

Hindu Policy Research and Advocacy Collective, USA – HinduPACT USA is an initiative of the World Hindu  Council of America (VHPA). HinduPACT ( aims to bring Hindu ethos and dharmic values of  unity in diversity, plurality, compassion and, mutual respect amongst religions to policy and advocacy  for human rights, environmental protection, racial and gender equality, and, interfaith  dialog. HinduPACT activities include voter education (, and weekly live show on  contemporary American Hindu issues HinduLounge ( 

About World Hindu Council of America (VHPA) 

World Hindu Council of America (VHPA) is the most prominent organization of Hindus in the  USA. Founded in 1970, it has chapters across the country. VHPA runs educational programs for Hindu  children and youth in addition to community service (Seva) activities, and initiatives such as Hindu  Mandir Executives’ Conference (HMEC), Hindu Womens’ Network, American Hindus Against Defamation  (AHAD), Hindu Policy Research and Advocacy Collective USA (HinduPACT). 

Ajay Shah 

Executive Vice President, Awareness,  Advocacy, Public Relations 

Email: Phone: (858) 866-9661 

Utsav Chakrabarti 

Director, Awareness, Advocacy and Public  Relations 

American Hindus Against Defamation is an initiative of World Hindu Council of America (VHPA) P.O. Box 2009 Natick, MA 01760 

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Source: World Hindu News