U.S. is great place to be Hindu, Bangladesh not so good

The Hindu American Foundation, which was founded in Fremont, recently released its 5th survey of Human Rights for Hindus. Bangladesh, which is home to a majority of the 20 million or so Hindus living outside of India, was cited for many human rights violations. Maylasia, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia had many issues of their own.
The group didn’t document any abuses in the U.S. or Britain. You can read the report here.

Matt Artz


  1. That’s because Fremont is ultra liberal and embraces all but home grown citizens. If you a non-assimilating immigrant who puts cultural heritage ahead of being an American, then Fremont is the place for you.

  2. Let me try to be more clear; Stuck, your really ignorant and unable to see how amazing the multi-cultural aspect of Fremont is. Likewise, if you think that the “powers that be are – liberal – then your “stuck” in a very unaware state of being.

    The “old guard” is what’s keeping Fremont from realizing it’s full potential. To my fellow citizens of Fremont – I love you ALL!

  3. Dear Stuck –

    Help me out here, as I’m a bit confused.

    If Fremont embraces all but home grown citizens, then we reject home grown citizens, right?

    I guess I’m just trying to figure out where you’re coming from.

    Are we really all so liberal here? I wouldn’t have thought so from some of the posts I’ve read on this site.

    This article reminded me of one that I’d seen recently in the East Bay Express:


    I guess I’ve been here too long, because I’m not sure if people are more likely to assimilate if they feel that they are accepted as they are by the established residents of an area, or if they are more likely to try to assimilate in an effort to gain acceptance. Perhaps acceptance simply isn’t an issue for immigrants anymore. Could it be that immigrants to a community where there are very few other new people would be more likely to work toward assimilation than immigrants to a community that has an established immigrant population?

    At any rate, it’s good to know that we don’t have any documented abuses against Hindu-Americans here. The City has sure put a lot of time and effort into the Human Relations Commission; perhaps it has generated some benefits after all.

  4. Dear Stuck, it’s just not that simple.

    Are there new residents who reside strictly within their ethnic communities? Yes. Are there long time residents who are resistant to accept new residents? Yes.

    We all cling to what is familiar to us. It makes us feel safe. Plunk me down in another country and I will seek out those who speak my language and prepare foods that remind me of home. If I choose to learn more about my new surroundings I will begin to assimilate; even faster if I feel those around me accept me.

    Those who are new immigrants will of course hold on to what they are familiar with. It provides them a sense of security. It was true with the early settlers of this area who emigrated from Portugal, Germany, and Italy. Fast forward a generation or two and you have what we simply refer to as Americans. The same holds true for those whose families hail from the Pacific Rim.

    If we have lived here a long time and we have fond memories of the way things used to be, we long for a return to those times. That’s natural, but it’s not possible. Nothing can bring those times back.

    It is much like our acceptance of technology. If we have been around long enough to remember life before the cell phone, before the Internet, before the computer, adapting to the new technologies have either been easy or a challenge. Some of us are early adaptors and some late acceptors.

    We, as long time residents or new arrivals, can choose to tightly fold our arms across our chests and not accept one another, that is an individual’s choice. It’s pretty much like accepting new technology. You can choose to accept it, understand it, and use it to open your world to whole new possibilities, or not. It’s your choice.

  5. Doug,
    Spoken like a true American. It is really sad to see that some (or is it many) of us seem to forget how this country came into existence and don’t understand why everyone in the world longs to come to America. This is one nation that is entirely different from any other nation in the world because of our liberties, values and the hope it represents. It was true years ago and is true today…and people like you inspire everyone around the world to look up to America.

  6. Well, let me chime in one last time–it’s not that I am anti-immigrant, I married one, and yes I know we all look for and cling to others that are similar and yes I know who built this county, but what is wrong here is all the special treatment that our city government extends certain ethnicities at the expense of others. Supposedly there are 150 ethnic groups in Fremont, but some are put on a pedestal above all others. It’s just wrong. You need to start attending more city meetings, community meetings, church meetings and so on to see just how many others are out of the equation here just so the city can make nice with a select few.

  7. Thanks, Doug, for your post – it was great.

    Stuck, I’m intrigued. I don’t know if you want to discuss this further, but I’m wondering who it is that you believe to be the fortunate few, and who it is that are being left out of the equation. I’d like to understand your position better.

    Maybe the reason that I’m interested is that I have a feeling that I used to be where I think you are. What I came to (eventually) understand is that we are not treating some people in a special way at the expense of others; we are extending a hand to those who we think may need it in order to benefit all of us.

    Come on, fill us in a little more. After all, nobody’s going to know who any of us really are, so what do you have to lose?

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