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Trump Has Left US More Divided Than Ever: Indian-Origin Republican Leader

Gurinder Singh Khalsa, although a member of Republican celebration, didn’t vote for Trump in 2016 or 2020

Washington:

Outgoing President Donald Trump has left America extra divided than ever and the nation’s popularity below his presidency has been broken on the worldwide stage which can take years to restore, says an influential Indian-American Sikh chief.

“This is a democracy at work, on each side. Whether Democrat or Republican… persons are excited and need to converse out. The election’s historic turnout means persons are hungry to vary the established order on each side.

“We are extra polarised and divided than I’ve ever seen being an American for 25 years. I imagine individuals do care who will signify them, particularly in occasions just like the COVID-19 pandemic,” Indiana-based Gurinder Singh Khalsa advised PTI.

A recipient of the distinguished Rosa Parks Trailblazer Award in recognition of his efforts in altering the Transportation Security Administration’s coverage concerning turbans, 46-year-old Khalsa, although a member of Republican celebration, 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 stated.

Though he’s disillusioned with the present state of affairs of the Republican Party, Mr Khalsa stated he has no plan on leaving the GOP.

“I don’t suppose the problems lie throughout the celebration. It is these like Trump who’ve twisted the inspiration of what it means to be a Republican,” he stated.

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On the election of Indian-origin Kamala Harris as Vice President of the nation, Mr Khalsa stated that it provides confidence to the individuals of shade and immigrant group.

“Kamala Harris is a strong accomplishment for America and offers a ray of hope for relations with India. And her win is only the start,” he stated.

One of the early supporters of Vice President Mike Pence when he was working for Indiana Governor, Mr Khalsa stated he’s deeply upset on the 4 years of Trump Administration. He alleged that Trump’s rhetoric has immediately inspired racism and sexism. “And he continues to feed into the narrative of white towards black, and poor towards wealthy,” he stated.

Responding to a query, Mr Khalsa stated that it’s time for the Indian American group to be lively in politics and serve the group they reside in. “You want to provide again by serving the group, in no matter capability you’ll be able to. One factor to remember is that democracy will not be a relentless; it must be monitored and revered or it would slip away,” he stated.

In 2007, Mr Khalsa was refused entry to board an airplane due to his turban. Thereafter, he mobilised greater than 67,000 individuals nationwide for petitions and took the matter all the way in which to the US Congress, which pressured the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) to vary its headgear coverage in the direction of the Sikh group.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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