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Why was a bulldozer at an India Independence Day event in New Jersey?

Bulldozers have become a symbol for Hindu nationalist politicians in a disturbing trend where authorities use excavators to demolish the homes of Muslim activists

By: Azad Essa

US activists have expressed outrage after a bulldozer was used during an India Independence Day event in the state of New Jersey, something critics say has become a symbol for Hindu nationalist politicians and a tool to intimidate the country's minority Muslim community.

Hundreds of Indian Americans held a rally on Sunday to commemorate India's 75th Independence Day in Edison, a town in central New Jersey.

The event, organised by the Indian Business Association, is an annual affair. Men, women and children carry the Indian tricolour flag and walk through the streets of a town known for its Indian supermarkets, restaurants and boutique fashion stores. 


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