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Indian-origin people take a stand against 'absurd' and 'negative' portrayal of Hindus in CNN show

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Tulsi Gabbard and other prominent Indian-origin people have accused Reza Aslan of spreading false stereotypes about Hindusim.

Indian-origin American politician Tulsi Gabbard, a member of the Democratic Party and a practicing Hindu, took to Twitter on to express her displeasure and anger against the ‘absurd’ portrayal of Hindus in CNN’s latest show Believer with Reza Aslan.

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Tulsi Gabbard
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In a series of tweets, Tulsi accused CNN of using its ‘power and influence to increase people’s misunderstanding and fear of Hinduism’.

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Tulsi Gabbard Tweets
Tulsi Gabbard Twitter

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Tulsi Gabbard Tweets
Tulsi Gabbard Twitter

Tulsi Gabbard also accused CNN and Reza Aslan of repeated false stereotypes about Hindusim - caste, karma and reincarnation.

Another eminent Indian-American Shalabh Kumar, an industrialist and ardent supporter of the US President Donald Trump, says, “this is a disgusting attack on Hinduism.”

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Shalabh Kumar Twitter

This show has also been criticised by American Hindus Against Defamation (AHAD) and the Hindu Council Australia (HCA).

AHAD's statement says that the show promotes negative portrayal and Hinduphobia.

Dr Gautam Chakrabarti of The Indic Consolidation has also criticised the show.

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Gautam Chakrabarti
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Gautam has highlighted the lack of 'fact-checking' in the show where 'the icons that Reza describes as "[B]ra[h]ma, Vishnu and Shiva" are, actually, Rama, Sita and Lakshmana.'

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Reza Aslan has defended his story and responded to claims of Hinduphobia on Twitter:

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Reza Aslan
Reza Aslan Twitter

In a statement HuffPost, Reza Aslan says: “As someone who writes and speaks about religion for a living I know better than most the sensitivities of the topic, and I have spent much of my career trying my best to address those sensitivities.”

Aslan has often been criticised in the US for his views on Islam and Christianity.

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