Tulsi meets Hindu Community Leaders

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Tulsi meets Hindu Community Leaders in Fort Lauderdale
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (USA) July 27, 2013
he first and the only Congress Woman in US history, the 32-year-old Tulsi Gabbard was the chief guest at a fund-raising meet in Fort Lauderdale this week-end, July 27, 2013. The venue, Palace Hotel, was packed with members of Kashmir Hindu Foundation -KHF and leaders of various Hindu organizations to welcome her and know from her what she had been doing to promote the cause of the American Hindus.

At the meet, the members of the Hindu community not only heard her but even asked questions on a few burning issues. Some of the initiatives she has supported recently include a "Signed bipartisan Congressional letter" aimed at making Religious Freedom a Top Priority in the U.S.-Pak relationship. This step addresses the concerns that the Hindu American Foundation had about the plight of Hindus in Pakistan. She supported the addition of the "anti-Hindu" category to the FBI's hate crimes data collection; she also joined the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) and is fighting for the rights of Hindus worldwide. What is more, Tulsi Gabbard has initiated a move for the release a stamp by the US Postal Service to mark the great festival of Diwali.

Several speakers at the meet lauded Tusli's efforts to promote the cause of Hindu faith. While one referred to the wide-spread misunderstanding about the Hindu Faith among the lay Americans, the other sought her help to ensure the visit to US of Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, as the entire Indian community in the States eagerly await the visit of this most popular leader in India.

At 21, Tulsi was the youngest person in the country ever elected to a State legislature when she became a member of the Hawaii State legislature in 2002. She sacrificed her state House seat in 2004 to voluntarily serve with her fellow soldiers in Iraq as a captain in the U.S. Army Hawaii National Guard and served on 2 deployments to the Middle East. She is a decorated young veteran who is seen by many in Hawaii as a role model for young men and women alike and an inspiration for all because of her commitment to social service. In 2012, while serving as a Honolulu City Council member, Tulsi won the Democratic Primary Election after a come-from-behind victory over established candidates, and then went on to win the General Election in November. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

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