NJ Spotlight News: Indian Americans in NJ must stand against harassment of Muslim and other groups
By Minhaj M. Khan
Indian Independence Day on Aug.15 is a special day for India and the Indian diaspora. A time to celebrate India’s victorious effort to free itself of British rule, it is in some ways even more important if you are away from India and away from your extended family. In America, it provides a vital link to our shared history.
For years, I proudly participated in Indian Independence Day parades in my hometown of Edison. The occasion allowed me and my family to reconnect with our roots, enjoy delicious food, connect with some new arrivals in the U.S. and take in the sight of beautiful floats. I always looked forward to it. This year was beautiful as in years past, but tainted by a new and disturbing problem: For the second year in a row, Edison’s Indian Independence Day parade was also the site of hateful anti-Muslim displays.
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