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Indian American Diaspora in the United States and a Call to Conscience

by Shagufta Hakeem, GIPA

If there is one of many things we have learned this past year is that the issues abroad in India have reached a boiling point. Reading “How do Indian Americans View India? Results from the 2020 Indian American Attitudes Survey” has brought upon a lot of questions related to the Indian American Diaspora and the support of the BJP party amongst Indian Americans. It’s time our communities have an open discussion and address the imbalance. If we are to bring a change, we have to have honest conversations about the following issues:

  1. Religion
  2. Caste
  3. Family Violence without law enforcement structures
  4. Education
  5. Generational differences
  6. Complacency in upholding white supremacist structures
  7. Indian American Youth
  8. Immigration
  9. Social Mobility

The BJP government in India has committed many human rights abuses and sown hate amongst communities to an unprecedented level. Do we as Indian Americans want to continue replicating this hate or challenge these notions?

As Indian Americans we need to start having discussions about creating better systems of dialogue and accountability. The unresolved traumas of yesterday need solutions not kicking the issue down further down the road.

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