On November 6, voters in Hawai’i elected Iraq War veteran Tulsi Gabbard, making her the first Hindu-American to serve in Congress. They also chose to send Congresswoman Mazie Hirono to the U.S. Senate, making her the first Buddhist to join that body. To examine the significance of these historic elections, Welton speaks with Suhag Shukla, co-founder, executive director and legal counsel for the Hindu-American Foundation, and William Aiken, the national public affairs director for Soka Gakkai International – USA, a socially-engaged, lay Buddhist community, and executive director for the Washington D.C. Buddhist Cultural Center.

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