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

By Itika Sharma Punit

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:

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Indian right-wing activists perform Hindu fire rituals in support of Trump.