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    Indian Social Media Celebrity MP Tharoor Slams US President Trump Over Attack on Hindu Priest

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    New Delhi: Indian lawmaker - Shashi Tharoor, who is known to command a significant social media following, has lashed out at US President Donald Trump over the recent attack on a Hindu priest in New York City.

    Tharoor, a former UN Under-Secretary-General, who boasts over 6.9 Million followers on Twitter, on Sunday (21 July), condemned the gruesome attack on the priest, Swami Harish Chander Puri, who was beaten by a man in an alleged racial attack on 18 July in New York's Floral Park.

    The member of the lower house of Indian Parliament (Lok Sabha) from the southern state of Kerala, also slammed US President Trump while referring to the "send her back" chants targeting Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar at one of Trump's recent rallies.

     

    Although Trump had reportedly distanced himself from the "send her back" chants at his rally stating that he disagreed with them, a section of Indian netizens seemed to echo the views put forward by Tharoor and expressed disappointment at the alleged rising crimes against immigrants in the US.

    Swami Puri suffered several bruises and abrasions all over his body after a 52-year-old attacker came from behind and started assaulting the priest, who was wearing religious garb, near a temple in Floral Park. The attacker allegedly yelled "this is my neighbourhood" as he beat the Swami.

    Swami Puri is a priest at a Hindu temple in Glen Oaks, Queens, New York.

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