Kamala Harris Meme: Hindu organizations in the United States have requested an apology from Kamala Harris’ niece for tweeting an altered photograph of her as Goddess Durga. They said that the image offended Hindus all around the world.
Meena Harris’ tweet from October 17 has been been removed. The artwork portrayed Kamala Harris wielding a trishul and murdering President Donald Trump (trident). Trump was portrayed as “Mahishasura,” a buffalo demon, while Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was a lion or the goddess’s “vahana” (vehicle).
Meena Harris Meme captioned the photo
The tweet enraged Hindus all over the world, according to Suhag A Shukla, executive director of the Hindu American Foundation. “Dear Meena Harris, by now you realise that you are tweeting a caricature of the feminine goddess, Maa Durga, with faces superimposed,” she stated in a tweet on Monday. She instructed Meena Harris to adhere to the organization’s commercial usage of religious iconography standards.
Dear @meenaharris, by now you know that your tweeting a caricature of the feminine divine, Maa Durga, with faces superimposed, deeply aggrieved many Hindus globally.
To avoid such an error in judgement, for future reference, please refer to: https://t.co/yXBRCE4xcw
— Suhag A. Shukla (@SuhagAShukla) October 18, 2020
According to the Press Trust of India (PTI), Rishi Bhutada of the Hindu American Political Action Committee demanded an apology from Meena Harris.
“Given that, I strongly believe that Meena Harris, even if she did delete the tweet, and no one else, should apologise,” he said. “In America, our religious symbolism should not be utilised for political purposes.” When the Fort Bend County GOP [Grand Old Party or Republican Party] did it in an ad in 2018, I stated the same thing, and it still holds true here.”
Before the tweet, the photograph was circulating on WhatsApp, according to Bhutada. He further claimed that the Biden campaign denied making the graphic.
Shefali Vaidya, an author, was also enraged by the tweet.
Meanwhile, Ajay Shah, the convener of the American Hindus Against Defamation, said the image had shocked and enraged the religious community.
Harris is the first Indian-American woman to be nominated for vice president by a major political party. She and Biden used Twitter on October 17 to wish Hindus a happy Navratri celebration. Both Biden and Harris have been tweeting greetings to the Hindu community, which is one of the most important voting blocs in the upcoming US presidential election.
According to PTI, there are an estimated four million Indian-Americans in the United States, with roughly 2.5 million of them eligible to vote in the upcoming presidential elections. In important battleground states including Texas, Michigan, Florida, and Pennsylvania, over 1.3 million Indian-Americans vote.
A poll conducted earlier this month revealed that Indian-Americans are likely to vote for Biden in the upcoming elections. According to the poll, 72 percent of registered Indian American voters intend to vote for Biden, while only 22% intend to vote for Trump.