A Hindu extremist fringe group celebrated the 70th birthday of Donald Trump in the Indian capital of New Delhi earlier yesterday, calling the US presidential contender the “saviour of humanity” who could end the global threat posed by Islamist militants.
About 20 members of the far-right Hindu Sena, or Hindu Army, held the festivities as Americans grieved over the deaths of 49 people in the country’s worst-ever mass shooting, perpetrated by a gunman claiming allegiance to the IS.
“Trump has said Muslims should be banned from entering America. Everyone should support that,” said Hindu Sena leader Vishnu Gupta, whose group is known more for its publicity stunts than for having any meaningful support.
Donning red and blue paper hats, activists gathered at a stall on a Delhi road to pledge their allegiance to the presumptive Republican nominee, saying they counted on Trump to contain India’s neighbour Pakistan.
They observed a minute’s silence for the victims of last weekend’s shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, before a large birthday cake was cut to shouts of “Long Live Donald Trump”.
“Trump is about to become the king of the world,” Gupta said. “How will we attack Pakistan without his support?”