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Indian American Shalabh ‘Shalli’ Kumar donates $898,800 to Trump campaign

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Kumar contributed half of the money through wife’s account.

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Noted Indian American industrialist Shalabh “Shalli” Kumar donated a whopping $898,800 for the campaign of the Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The Chicago-based businessman contributed half of the money through his wife’s account as he reached the ceiling of the maximum amount transferable by a person – $449,400, reported The Hill.

Kumar made his contribution at the Republican National Convention held in Cleveland, where Donald Trump was announced the presidential candidate of the Republican Party.

“This is just the beginning. This is not just for Trump, but for the future of the US-India relationship,” he told The Times of India.

Taking into account Trump’s association with Republican Hindu Coalition (RHC), a not-for-profit organization founded by Kumar, he thinks that the common perception about Trump as a racist is wrong. Kumar is the head of RHC, which also supports Donald Trump.

According to Kumar, Trump is a misunderstood man and his words are misconstrued by a few, making it controversial.

He is of the opinion that Trump would be the most pro-India president. “He will be the most pro-India president in Indo-US history. We want to make the 21st century an India-US century,” Kumar was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

Born in Amritsar, Punjab, Shalabh “Shalli” Kumar graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. He is the chairman and CEO of AVG Advanced Technologies, an electronics manufacturing company based in Chicago.

Kumar was impressed by Trump after a personal meeting with the Republican leader at the Hamptons. Trump’s views on Pakistan and the Muslim community moved Kumar closer to the businessman-turned politician. Kumar was a supporter of the Democratic Party initially.

Trump reportedly told Kumar during a meeting that Pakistan cannot be trusted as an ally as they gave shelter to Osama Bin Laden who was killed in US military operation inside the Pakistan soil.

“The way the Muslim religion is being practiced today — it’s not the religion but the way it is being practiced today — there’s something wrong,” Kumar told The Hill.

“The policy setting is that we need to have a lot of scrutiny. I totally agree with [former Speaker] Newt Gingrich [R-Ga.]: Mosques should be monitored completely, vetting should be taking place. … I am totally for profiling. If you need to profile, what is the fuss?” he added.

Last year, Kumar has pledged to personally donate at least $2 million and raise millions more for the Republican nominee for the White House, as well as support Republican candidates running for House and Senate seats across the country.

He launched an initiative called the India American Advisory Council of House Republican Conference, in 2013, which strived to put Republicans of Indian-origin on Capitol Hill.



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