UNITED STATES, October 31, 2012 (rediff.com by Aziz Haniffa): Tulsi Gabbard is considered a shoo-in [she won in a landslide] to winning Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District November 6 on the Democratic ticket and becoming the first Hindu American in the United States Congress. Gabbard, 31, was last week again felicitated by the Indian-American community in the Washington, DC area in a manner unprecedented in terms of the community's embrace of a Congressional candidate of its own, even though she's not Indian American.
Gabbard grew up in a multicultural, multi-religious household. Her father is of Samoan/Caucasian heritage and he is a deacon in the Catholic church. However, he also likes to practice mantra meditation, including kirtan. Her mother is Caucasian and a practicing Hindu.
Gabbard calls herself a practicing Hindu. "I fully embraced Sanatan Dharma after serious deliberation and contemplation in my later teens -- it's not because my mother was a Hindu. I'm a Vaishnava in the Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Sampradaya. As a Vaishnava, my perspective of Hinduism or Sanatan Dharma comes from the Bhagavad Gita" she said.
"If I am elected to Congress, I will be representing all people of Hawaii, as well as all the people of our country -- including Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, everyone. The fact is, people of every religion in our country want the same thing -- they want elected officials who know they are servants of the people, and not special interests. Of course, since I'm a practicing Hindu, they also know that the more unique concerns of Hindu and Indian Americans are near and dear to my heart", says Gabbard.
Much more of this interview at "source."