• Aslam Abdullah

Are Hitler's Hindus trying to derail Democracy in TX-22?

Updated: Sep 2

(Hitler's Hindus is a term used prominently by Haaretz in 2017 in one of the articles titled Hitler’s Hindus: The Rise and Rise of India’s Nazi-loving Nationalists.)


Tx-22 may become a game-changer in the November 3, Congressional elections for the Muslim community. With a population of 935, 386 living in 301, 036 households, the district has a median age of 36.3.

Sixty-four percent of the population is white, 25% Hispanic, 17% Asian, 12% black, and two percent mixed. Forty-five percent have bachelor and higher degrees.

The Republican holds the district currently. Since the Republican Congressman is not running in the November election, the seat is open, and the contenders are Democratic Sri Preston Kulkarni and Republican Troy Nehls.

Kulkarni lost the last bid by about 14,000 thousand votes in 2018. The Democratic party is hopeful of winning this time. It is here that the Democratic party may find itself wrong in its analysis of the poll data. Muslims have 24,000 registered voters, and 13,000 unregistered as a profile of the Muslim community suggest. Ninety percent of them Democrats, but they differ in their support of Kulkarni. A straw poll indicates that 70 percent will vote against Kulkarni if elections take place today. An estimated 300,000 voters may exercise their votes. The Republican candidate is sure to get 140,000, and Kulkarni hopeful of 130,00. In the previous election, Kulkarni polled 144,000 votes. The absence of Muslim voters this time some 17,000 Muslims probably cause him this election. Many of these voters include community elders and activists who, in 2018, were the most enthusiastic backers and donors of Kulkarni.

Kulkarni is aware of this reality. Hence he is making every effort to woo Muslim voters. Through his friends, the past endorsement of Emgage-Houston, a Muslim PAC, and visiting mosques and Islamic centers, he assures Muslims of his support to their causes.

However, he has failed to address one issue appropriately, the backing of groups and individuals that subscribe to the ideology of a fascist group that believes in Hitler like solution to minority problems in India. The RSS emerged in the Indian political scene in 1920 and now controls India's political wing, the BJP. It has its branches worldwide and believes in the Hindu domination and supremacy of its higher castes, known as Brahmans. Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh USA, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Supporters of Modi in the US subscribe to its ideology. One of its most influential leader MS Golwarkar in his book We or Our Nationhood defined wrote:"

"…To keep up the purity of the nation and its culture, Germany shocked the world by her purging the country of Semitic races – the Jews. National pride at its highest has been manifested here. Germany has also shown how well-nigh impossible it is for races and cultures, having differences going to the root, to be assimilated into one united whole, a good lesson for us in Hindustan to learn and profit by." Those interested in learning more about Hitler's Hindus may go to this link. https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/hitlers-hindus-indias-nazi-loving-nationalists-on-the-rise-1.5628532

One of RSS member Nathu Ram Godse assassinated Mahatma Gandhi.

Godse joined RSS in Sangli (Maharashtra) in 1932 as a boudhik karyawah (ground worker), and simultaneously remained a member of the Hindu Mahasabha, both right-wing organizations. His family has also said that he had never left the RSS, highlighting that he held membership at the RSS as well as the Hindu Mahasabha. In 1948 he killed Gandhi after intruding in a prayer meeting.

Muslim Democrats in TX-22 are fearful that Kulkarni, backed by these fascist and hate-mongering groups may not only change the character of the party by contaminating and destroying the pluralistic values of the area and the state and the country as a whole.

They do not trust Kulkarni because he has so far refused to condemn the RSS and its supported outfits in the USA. Several individuals have asked him about his stand on the RSS and its affiliates. In a meeting with the district's Muslim leaders, he refused to condemn the RSS in exact words. The Muslim leaders privately oppose him, but they are not saying it openly because of their loyalties to the Democratic party. On the other hand, Kulkarni's backers and followers are unmoved from their position. It is not only an electoral adjustment issue but as said by local Muslim community voters a prestige and ego issue. They argue that RSS is not the issue. However, they fail to recognize that the RSS is influencing the outcome of TX-22 with its proxies in the US.

The Democratic support to Kulkarni will hurt the party in the long run besides hurting the district and Muslims. In 2018, because of Emgage support and Muslim Democrats votes, he came close to winning. He is manipulating that support to justify his claim for Muslim votes. His Hindutva backers are talking about Muslim rejection in this election, and privately they reportedly tell Kulkarni and others that the candidate should try to win over Hispanic and black voters to teach Muslims a lesson. They view this district as a pilot effort to grow their influence in the US Congress. They fail to realize that the country and the Democratic party would never surrender to hate mongers and bigots. Local Muslim Democrats must urgently discuss this matter with Texas and national leadership of their party and the Hispanic and black leaders of the repercussion of a Democratic victory for the nation and the state. There are 63 three days in the election, and if each day the Muslim voters convince their neighbors and friends to reject hate and bigotry, they can ensure that Congress does give a place to foreign-influenced candidates. The State and Democratic leaders' silence might impact the party's victory chances in 27 other congressional districts where the races are highly competitive.

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