Obama's victory brings first Hindu American to US Congress
Washington: Democrat Tulsi Gabbard won the race of Hawaii’s second Congressional District on Wednesday, becoming part of histroy as she is the first Hindu to be elected to the US Congress.
Gabbard appears all set to become the first Hindu to be elected to the US House of Representatives, has said her faith would be an asset in the Congress as it would help enhance mutual understanding between America and India. "It is clear that there needs to be a closer working relationship between the United States (US) and India. How can we have a close relationship if decision-makers in Washington know very little, if anything, about the religious beliefs, values, and practices of India's 800 million Hindus?" Gabbard asked.
"Hopefully the presence in Congress of an American who happens to be Hindu will increase America's understanding of India as well as India's understanding of America," Gabbard, 31, was quoted as saying 'Religion News Service' news agency. While Gabbard has welcomed Indian-American support, her campaign noted that their contributions account for less than 3 per cent of the total it has raised.
Gabbard said she will work closely with US President Barack Obama to improve economy. At the age of 22, she was the youngest person elected in Hawaii in 2002. After two years, she voluntarily gave up her job at the Legislature to join soldiers in Iraq.
Gabbard, was born in American Samoa to a Catholic father and a Hindu mother, fully embraced Hinduism as a teenager. Gabbard was elected to the Hawaii state legislature in 2002, when she was only 21.
Tulsi Gabbard was also the youngest person to be elected in Hawaii at the age of 22 in 2002.