Earlier during the 2016 election, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump had created a new category of Hindu American vote. However, in 2020, the first time in the history of the US Democratic presidential campaign has an official Hindu American coalition.
Murali Balaji, the head of Hindu Americans for Biden, said the formation of his organization is a “recognition by the Democratic Party that you can’t take these coalitions for granted”. Hindu Americans for Biden has come as an ever-shifting campaign categorization, it displayed the ongoing identity controversy in the community along with Indian Americans for Biden and the campaign’s Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Outreach
The head of the organization said, “The articulation of Hindu American identity has become more urgent as more Hindus are identifying outside of the Indian subcontinent … I don’t have strong Indian ties nor really understand the country. However, my faith identity has been a strong part of who I am. There are probably many like me who don’t feel as strongly about their place of ancestry but may feel strongly to their faith.”
Murali Balaji further added, “One of the challenges has been to try and disentangle this idea that Hindu Americans are all jingoistic which is not true.”
Romesh Jhapra, the founder of Americans4Hindus, said: “Our organization is not just for people from India but for the minorities in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. The Indian Americans were infiltrated by the Islamists and became messy. But if we keep it more pure as Hindus, they don’t infiltrate.”