College Credit for Study of Indian Languages
In a changing world where there will be more interactions between the US and India , we must recognize the need to master the languages of India and other Asian countries. We seek support from all candidates for college credit for the study of various Asian languages including Sanskrit, Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Oriya, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Sindhi, Sinhalese, and Nepali.
Hindu Studies Programs at Public Institutions
Many academics who educate students about Hindus are practitioners of other faiths. Hence, they continue the tradition of misleading students and the public at large about Hindus, their history, and their religious traditions. Government-funded programs in all universities should require that instructors be practitioners of any of the traditions within the Hindu Dharma and supported by the community. We do not want taxpayer dollars to be wasted in funding programs that mislead the world about Hindus and their faith.
Discrimination in Hiring and Promotion
We strongly oppose the discriminatory practices adopted by many academic institutions in the hiring and promotion of faculty members and the granting of admissions to students. We ask strict enforcement of federal Civil Rights laws to prevent all such discrimination in the future.
Visas to Communists from India and Other Countries
We seek the strict compliance of federal laws mandating the rejection of visas to members of any communist organizations. Several thousand students and scholars who have immigrated from China , India , Vietnam , Nepal , Sri Lanka , and other Asian countries are believed to have had active prior involvement in various communist groups in the colleges of their country of origin. This is in clear violation of our existing immigration policy.
Communists from South Asia pose a grave threat to US national security because of their strong anti-American beliefs and close ideological ties to radical Islamic organizations. Especially in the context of Jihadi Terrorism, an intense but humane scrutiny of all applicants is essential. All those who had entered the US by providing false information regarding their affiliation to communist groups must be prosecuted immediately for such violations and deported to the country of origin if found guilty of wrongdoing. Their continued presence in the US will be a major impediment in furthering US-India ties. Hence, we urge all law makers to address this serious problem swiftly.
India Studies Programs
There is an effort in academia to establish South Asia departments or programs for the study of the region, primarily India . However, we seek the support of all elected officials for funding India Studies programs at all universities. India should not be clubbed together with other nations of the region. Such programs also help in creating a “South Asian” identity for many people. We are totally and unequivocally opposed to such anti-Hindu and anti-Indian efforts by extremist elements in academia, media, and politics.
Millions of American college students have serious apprehensions about the reintroduction of the draft. We believe that an all-volunteer army is the best answer for our country’s security needs, and therefore, we strongly oppose the reintroduction of any type of military draft. There exists a wide gap in the morale of those who willingly volunteer and those who are forced to serve. Hence, a highly motivated force with high morale is a better choice for meeting today’s security needs. We strongly encourage efforts for the recruitment of Hindu American youths to serve in America ‘s armed forces.