Kamala Harris' niece portrays her as goddess Durga; Hindu groups seek apology
- Kamala Harris' niece tweet the image on day 1 of Navratri
- The tweet allegedly depicted Donald Trump as the demon 'Mahishasura'
- Hindu groups said that her niece should apologise, even though she has deleted the tweet
Kamala Harris' niece in a recent tweet portrayed her aunt as goddess Durga, but this did not go down well with Hindu groups in the United States, PTI reported. They called it an "offensive image" and demanded an apology be issued.
"Your tweeting a caricature of the feminine divine, Maa Durga, with faces superimposed, deeply aggrieved many Hindus globally," Suhag A Shukla of the Hindu American Foundation said in a tweet on Monday, according to PTI.
The US vice-presidential nominee's niece, 35-year-old Meena Harris has now deleted the tweet. Meena is a lawyer, a children's book author and the founder of the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign, an organisation that works to bring awareness to intersectional social causes.
“I personally believe that an apology should come from Meena Harris even though she did delete the tweet, and no one else. Our religious iconography should not be used in the service of politics in America -- I said the same when the Fort Bend County GOP did it in an ad in 2018, and it holds the same here," Rishi Bhatudia of the Hindu American Political Action Committee was quoted by PTI, as saying.
He, however, added that the image was not created by Meena herself. It was being shared on WhatsApp prior to her tweet, and the Biden campaign had confirmed to him that they had not created it.
Ajay Shah, convener of American Hindus Against Defamation, said in a statement the image has offended and outraged the religious community.
In the now deleted tweet, a screenshot of which is being retweeted by some people, Meena Harris, as reported by PTI, says: “I am actually speechless, other than to say that the first day of Navaratri was LIT.”
In the photo Harris is seen killing president Donald Trump, who is depicted as the demon 'Mahishasura'. The image also showed Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden as a lion, the 'vahana' (vehicle) of the goddess.
“If you think you are going to win Hindu votes by mocking us, think again. This image is highly offensive and insulting to Hindus. Our Divinities are NOT cultural curios for you to mock and trivialise. And you delete without an apology?” noted author Shefali Vaidya said in a tweet.