Faith in Politics: Hinduism Pays Off for Hawaii's Tulsi Gabbard

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In June, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard wasn’t in Hawaii or in D.C., but in Chicago, handing out awards to the winners of the national Dharma Bee, an event in which youths answer questions about their religion.

She praised them, according to a report in an Indian-American newspaper, saying in a rare speech about faith that the youths did not succeed in the competition “because mom and dad asked them to do so, but they have realized and learned the lessons of the Bhagavad Gita (the Hindu scripture) themselves.”

Reflecting Gabbard’s popularity among Indian-Americans nationally as the first Hindu member of Congress, she felt the love at the event. “Everyone wanted to meet her one on one,” said Sreevidya Radhakrishna, one of the organizers of the event.

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