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Photos: In India, a right-wing group is asking Hindu gods to help Trump win the US election

Obsession
2016
Quartz india
Obsession
2016
Quartz india

Donald Trump may not have much liking for Indians, but he has some devoted followers in India.

On May 11, members of a Hindu group conducted religious rituals in New Delhi asking gods to help Trump win the US election. The group lit a ritual fire, chanted Sanskrit mantras, and prayed for the victory of the Republican candidate, who they believe “can save humanity against Islamic terror,” the Associated Press (AP) reported.

“The whole world is screaming against Islamic terrorism, and even India is not safe from it. Only Donald Trump can save humanity,” AP quoted Vishnu Gupta, the founder of the Hindu Sena group, as saying.

Trump famously proposed banning Muslims from entering the US after terrorist attacks in Paris carried out by extremists connected to the Islamic State killed 130 people last year.

Members of the Trump-supporting Hindu group appear to have conveniently forgotten that Trump isn’t a fan of their countrymen either. Trump has often talked about Indians stealing jobs from Americans. In February, he said that India had “ripped off” the US in terms of trade.

Here are some images from the prayers held for Trump in India:

Activists of right-wing Hindu Sena or Hindu Army conduct Hindu rituals to ensure a win for U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, May 11, 2016. While Trump has dominated the Republican primary race to decide the party's candidate for the November election, his calls for temporarily banning Muslims from America and cracking down on terrorist groups abroad have earned him some fans in faraway India.
Activists of right-wing Hindu Sena conduct rituals to ensure a win for US presidential candidate Donald Trump, in New Delhi, India, on May 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
Activists of right-wing Hindu Sena or Hindu Army make offerings to the fire god while conducting Hindu rituals to ensure a win for U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, May 11, 2016. While Trump has dominated the Republican primary race to decide the party's candidate for the November election, his calls for temporarily banning Muslims from America and cracking down on terrorist groups abroad have earned him some fans in faraway India.
Activists of right-wing Hindu Sena make offerings to the fire god while holding a photo of Donald Trump adorned with a sacred mark worn by devout Hindu followers on the forehead. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
Activists of Hindu Sena, a Hindu right-wing group, perform a special prayer to ensure a victory of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump in the upcoming elections, according to a media release, in New Delhi, India May 11, 2016.
A Pandit chants mantras as part of the special prayers by activists of Hindu Sena to ensure a victory for Trump in the upcoming elections. (Reuters/Anindito Mukherjee)
Indian activists from the right-wing organisation Hindu Sena perform Hindu fire rituals in support of US Republicans presidential candidate Donald Trump in New Delhi, India, 11 May 2016. Right-wing organisation Hindu Sena activists prayed to the Hindu gods and performed rituals to ensure the victory of Donald Trump in US Presidential elections and urged the Indian origin people living in USA to vote and support him.
Indian right-wing activists perform Hindu fire rituals in support of Trump. (EPA/Rajat Gupta)
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