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‘Not Hindu?’ Scientist denied entry at garba event in US

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‘Not Hindu?’ scientist denied entry at garba event in US
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Taking to Twitter and Facebook, a renowned astrophysicist from Vadodara , now settled in US, alleged that he and his three friends were denied entry at a garba event in Atlanta on Friday by the organisers because their surnames didn’t appear to be Hindu.

Karan Jani, who in 2016 had made it to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) team in US that discovered the gravitational waves, alleged that he was thrown out of the venue by the organisers at Sri Shakti Mandir, where he had been visiting for last six years.

Narrating the incident with a video on social media, Jani wrote “Year 2018 & Shakti Mandir in Atlanta, USA denied me and my friends entry from playing garba because: ‘You don’t look Hindu and last name in your IDs don’t sound Hindu’.” He said he spoke to organisers in Gujarati, but they refused to budge.

Jani said one of his Konkani friend who had come to garba for the first time “due to enthusiasm of us Gujaratis” was pulled out of the queue and asked to leave. When she showed her ID, the organisers said, “We don’t come to your events, you are not allowed to ours,” Jani said in a series of tweets.

Jani later said he received a call from the temple’s management and the chairman apologised telling the temple doesn’t believe in discrimination. “He said it was miscommunication on the part of the volunteers. But the treatment meted out to us was embarrassing,” Jani said.