Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, to celebrate Diwali at Hindu temple in US

This is the first time a family member of one of the two top presidential candidates is visiting a Hindu temple.

By: PTI | Washington | Published:October 22, 2016 8:44 pm
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s daughter will celebrate the Diwali festival at a Hindu temple in the crucial swing state of Virginia with the members of the Indian-American community, who have traditionally supported the Democratic party in the US polls. Ivanka Trump will celebrate Diwali with Indian-Americans during her visit to the Rajdhani Temple at Chantilly on Wednesday, campaign officials and community leaders said.

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This is the first time a family member of one of the two top presidential candidates is visiting a Hindu temple.

Last week, Trump attended a charity event organised by Republican Hindu Council to raise funds for Kashmiri Pandits and Hindu victims of terrorism in Bangladesh. This was also the first time a presidential candidate attended an Indian-American event. It was attended by more than 5,000 people.

The visit of Ivanka, 34, a successful businesswoman and a key figure of the Trump campaign, to the Rajdhani Temple would “go a long way in breaking the stereotype,” that the campaign “represents only angry white voters,” said Rajesh Gooty, an Indian-American community leader in Virginia.

“This is a big positive for the community,” he said.

Inaugurated in 2000, the Rajdhani Temple is the oldest temple in Loudon County of Virginia, which has experienced the fastest growth of Indian-Americans in the past decade.

In addition to recognising the significant role the Indian-American community plays in the US and embracing its cultural and religious diversity, the Trump Campaign’s move to send Ivanka to a Hindu temple is seen as an effort to woo this ethnic community in the November 8 presidential election.

The results of the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections have shown that whoever wins Loudon County wins Virginia. The county in the past 16 years has seen significant growth of the Indian-American community, mainly on account of the emergence of an IT corridor near the Dulles Airport.

There were 1,200 Indian-Americans in 2000, which increased to 12,000 in 2010. The number is estimated to have jumped to 30,000 in 2016. The neighboring Fairfax County too has an estimated 20,000 strong Indian-American community members.

Indian-Americans have traditionally supported Democratic Party. But the Trump Campaign, which had withdrawn from the state several weeks ago, feel its latest move would help them penetrate the traditional vote bank of the Democratic party.

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    Chandu Shah
    Oct 22, 2016 at 4:53 pm
    This ignorant Frump hasn't got a clue about Hinduor Indians
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      Khalid
      Oct 22, 2016 at 8:51 pm
      Donald trump is kndia brother in law.lt;br/gt;Extremist therfore sent him 6 1/2 liter cow urin..by drinking this will bring him luck
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        Mike
        Oct 22, 2016 at 4:47 pm
        I don't agree with Imli. I am an Indian and immigrant. It is not because whether candidate is Dem or Rep. it is because he is pro India. Note it is not because he is Pro Hindu or anti Muslim. I am with muslims and immigrants and Mexicans.
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          MyTake
          Oct 22, 2016 at 8:28 pm
          Festival of light is for human all are welcome. One does not have to talk about religion to celebrate this.
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            MyTake
            Oct 22, 2016 at 8:41 pm
            Result of Nehruvian spell over Hindian mindset!
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              MyTake
              Oct 22, 2016 at 8:37 pm
              Suddenly lots of Nehruites have come out of the wood work to "voice" their "concern"!
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                Romik
                Oct 23, 2016 at 12:06 am
                Donald will be a great president adn hopefully remove corruption form "Lobbystan" ie USA. He will reome all criminals and remove the monopolies. 4% GDP, 25 mil new jobs. Immigration based on Merit. Remove people who have ocme in illegally.
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                  Tony
                  Oct 23, 2016 at 12:21 am
                  If Hillary wins, US will soon adapt sharia law,
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                    Tony
                    Oct 23, 2016 at 12:31 am
                    Khalid, trump love pork ribs with rum and stani to fu$k .....
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                      Tony
                      Oct 23, 2016 at 12:08 am
                      Now Hindus are playing crucial role in US election ..Lets vote Trump and get rid-off stan
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                        Tony
                        Oct 23, 2016 at 12:24 am
                        Suddenly this becomes communal, iftar parties are secular in India
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                          Tony
                          Oct 23, 2016 at 12:15 am
                          thank god lt;br/gt;somewhere in this Universe there is someone who appeases Hindus
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                            avi
                            Oct 22, 2016 at 9:34 pm
                            For votes they will do any drama !
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                              Bob Bhatt
                              Oct 22, 2016 at 9:27 pm
                              , cheer pad dengai
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                                Imli
                                Oct 22, 2016 at 4:08 pm
                                First - A vast majority of these 'Indians' actually hold US citizenship. lt;br/gt;Second - Maybe these community Leaders should take a look at some of the things Trump has said about immigrants. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Oh Wait! These are Indian immigrants! They think they are like White people. Not like Mexicans or heaven help us - Like Black people. They take pride in the fact that a white woman, who has zero idea about Hinduism and who is part of possibly the worst campaign machine in US history, is going to celebrate Diwali with them. Happy Diwali!
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                                  JayHind
                                  Oct 22, 2016 at 11:21 pm
                                  If this god is connected to human who manufacturers and expensive fake life savings drugs i will disown that god "fiend out your self which god's people are the manufacturer Book from sky is practical and just
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                                    JayHind
                                    Oct 22, 2016 at 8:14 pm
                                    She will be declared maa durga autar like a ram
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                                      Dr.Goesl
                                      Oct 22, 2016 at 7:13 pm
                                      She is welcome to visit a temple. Hinduism is an Aryan religion like Zoroastrianism thus all are welcome. Ivanka has converted to Judaism after she married a Jewish person.I think as a Jewish person she is keen to learn about Aryan-Hinduism.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;trump himself is very much proud of his Aryan roots. Only Indians who research things deeply know what is going on.
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                                        SatpalSingh
                                        Oct 22, 2016 at 7:22 pm
                                        Let Hindus be proud of their Aryan roots yet respect all including the Semites. This race originated in Northwestern Indian subcontinent and Central Asia and then went Westwards. The color of this Race varies from light to brown with sharp features. There is no White Race and many Indian Aryans are lighter than Europeans and many Europeans such as south Italians, Spanish, etc. are brown, even though they are Aryans. Climate has much to do with this. The Punjabis are Aryans but can be dark due to the harsh climate. Ivanka is Aryan by Race and Semitic by religion thus Agni (Fire) worship an Aryan tradition will be liked by her.
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                                          L bhadrapati Devi
                                          Oct 22, 2016 at 4:58 pm
                                          I have seen many European and Asian are member of ISKON and some of them have hold important position in the organization. Why white humanists and other East Asian embrace sanatan dharma is not for political mobilization, just for the self emancipitation and highest regards to human value. Now, Donald Trump daughter planning for Diwali celebration may be looked in a very positive way. The meaning of Diwali is to give new light to ignorance i.e. darkness of mind. Based on the theme, she may search for new idea to win her father election.
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                                            Mayur Panghaal
                                            Oct 22, 2016 at 5:01 pm
                                            ha ha ha ha......what a joke...by a joker
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