February 18, 2020

For Immediate Release

Communications Director: Jack Doyle

Sri Preston Kulkarni Condemns Violence in Delhi, Seeks Dialogue

Sugar Land, TX – In response to the recent violent riots in Delhi that have resulted in 27 dead, Sri Preston Kulkarni issued the following statement: “Over the past week, I have heard from many constituents of Congressional District 22, of the Hindu and Muslim faiths, and others, about their concerns regarding the violence in Delhi and the impact it has on our South Asian community in Texas, as well as their family members overseas. I share their concern and condemn the violence. I strongly urge the Indian government to fulfill its responsibility to protect all civilians, regardless of ethnicity or religion.

Bigotry and discrimination are wrong, and incitement of violence against any ethnic or religious group has no place in any society. This is and has always been a core principle of our campaign.”

“Our campaign is forming a human rights working group with interested parties and constituents to discuss their concerns and ways we can move forward together as a community. Human rights issues in any country will be open for discussion. We encourage all those who wish to engage in dialogue in good faith to participate.”

Sri is a former diplomat who served our nation overseas for more than 14 years as a Foreign Service Officer, fighting to protect our national security and reduce conflict around the globe. Sri values the ethnic and religious diversity of Texas’ 22nd Congressional District, and is running for Congress to combat the division and hostility being spread by bad actors.

The Sri for Congress campaign is a coalition of constituents from all ethnic and religious backgrounds that continues to strive to be the most inclusive campaign ever in Texas history and hopes to serve as an example of how diverse communities can live and work together harmoniously.

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Sri Preston Kulkarni is the son of an Indian immigrant father and a mother whose family descends from Sam Houston. Kulkarni is a former Foreign Service Officer who served fourteen years overseas in places like Iraq, Russia, and Jerusalem, and as a former Defense, Foreign Policy and Veteran Affairs Advisor to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) before deciding to leave the foreign service and return home to run for Congress in 2018.

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