Outgoing President Donald Trump has left America extra divided than ever and the nation’s fame underneath his presidency has been broken on the worldwide stage which is able to take years to restore, says an influential Indian-American Sikh chief.
“This can be a democracy at work, on either side. Whether or not Democrat or Republican… persons are excited and wish to communicate out. The election’s historic turnout means persons are hungry to vary the established order on either side.
“We’re extra polarised and divided than I’ve ever seen being an American for 25 years. I consider folks do care who will signify them, particularly in instances just like the COVID-19 pandemic,” Indiana-based Gurinder Singh Khalsa advised PTI.
A recipient of the celebrated Rosa Parks Trailblazer Award in recognition of his efforts in altering the Transportation Safety Administration’s coverage relating to turbans, 46-year-old Khalsa, although a member of Republican social gathering, didn’t vote for Trump on this election or in 2016.
“I don’t suppose he’s morally or ethically match to be president, particularly the chief of the free world. I got here to America by selection; for dignity and respect. For the primary time as an American, I’ve felt challenged on these values,” he mentioned.
Although he’s disillusioned with the present state of affairs of the Republican Occasion, Mr Khalsa mentioned he has no plan on leaving the GOP.
“I don’t suppose the problems lie throughout the social gathering. It’s these like Trump who’ve twisted the inspiration of what it means to be a Republican,” he mentioned.
On the election of Indian-origin Kamala Harris as Vice President of the nation, Mr Khalsa mentioned that it provides confidence to the folks of colour and immigrant group.
“Kamala Harris is a robust accomplishment for America and gives a ray of hope for relations with India. And her win is just the start,” he mentioned.
One of many early supporters of Vice President Mike Pence when he was operating for Indiana Governor, Mr Khalsa mentioned he’s deeply disenchanted on the 4 years of Trump Administration. He alleged that Trump‘s rhetoric has straight inspired racism and sexism. “And he continues to feed into the narrative of white in opposition to black, and poor in opposition to wealthy,” he mentioned.
Responding to a query, Mr Khalsa mentioned that it’s time for the Indian American group to be energetic in politics and serve the group they reside in. “It’s essential to give again by serving the group, in no matter capability you may. One factor to bear in mind is that democracy is just not a continuing; it must be monitored and revered or it’s going to slip away,” he mentioned.
In 2007, Mr Khalsa was refused entry to board an airplane due to his turban. Thereafter, he mobilised greater than 67,000 folks nationwide for petitions and took the matter all the best way to the US Congress, which compelled the Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) to vary its headgear coverage in direction of the Sikh group.
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