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'Indian-American community not polarised but segregated'

WASHINGTON: Ghazala Hashmi, an Indian-origin Democrat Senator and the primary Muslim woman elected to the Virginia Senate, has stated that the Indian-American community "not polarised but segregated", a media document stated.

In an interview to the India-West mag published online on Friday, Hashmi stated: "The community is not polarized however segregated. Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs are doing their own thing, it's insular.

"One of my objectives is to transcend these divisions and build bridges."

On being a Muslim, the 55-year-old, at the start from Andhra Pradesh, stated that she was once attacked on social media and emails however "I just didn't pay attention".

The Senator additionally claimed that "there was once a lot of scepticism that I may well be a success", adding that few US-based Pakistanis "weren't excited after they discovered I am Indian" once they concept she was once certainly one of them.

"I was quiet about being a Muslim and didn't talk a lot about it within the administrative center. Now I unravel to change that, be open and let other people understand that insurance policies without delay affect other people," she informed India-West.

Last November, Hashmi, a former director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning at Reynolds Community College, was the primary Muslim woman to be elected to the Virginia State Senate following her stunning victory over sitting Republican Senator Republican Glen Sturtevant.

Following her win, she now represents Virginia's 10th Senate district.

Regarding the current political state of affairs in India, Hashmi informed India-West she was once trying to find ways to discuss concerns including at the federal stage, "so I can help those who are being harm".

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