Right-wing Indian group throws a birthday party for ‘saviour of humanity’ Donald Trump
By Adam Taylor June 14 at 11:54 AM
Members of the right-wing Hindu Sena group celebrate Donald Trump's 70th birthday June 14 with singing and cake. (Reuters)
Tuesday marks Donald Trump's 70th birthday. To mark the occasion, about 20 members of the right-wing Hindu Sena group appeared at a park in New Delhi to celebrate the American presidential hopeful's birth. The group sang "Happy Birthday" to a poster of Trump, and they even presented his image a slice of cake.
According to ANI news agency, the invite for the event read: “Join us and let’s celebrate the birthday of the saviour of humanity, the Republican Presidential Nominee of the United States of America.”
Hindu Sena has shown its support for Trump in the past. Last month, around a dozen members of the group prayed for the American businessman to win the U.S. election. “The whole world is screaming against Islamic terrorism, and even India is not safe from it,” Vishnu Gupta, founder of the group, said at the time. “Only Donald Trump can save humanity.”
Trump has spoken positively about India in some speeches, though he has also suggested the country is one of several that are stealing jobs from Americans. Despite this, a number of Indians and Indian Americans have expressed their admiration of him: Aside from Hindu Sena, a separate movement uses the slogan "Hindus for Trump."
Speaking at the birthday party, Gupta told the Indian Express that his party had embraced Trump after India's ruling right-wing party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP, had become a "secular party" since coming to power. The Hindu Sena leader also said that Trump was its "hero" and the "messiah against Islamic terror."
Last year, Gupta was arrested for falsely claiming he was served beef at a restaurant in New Delhi, a move that resulted in a controversial police raid.