Hindus have welcomed Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, Jr. reportedly raising his adopted daughter Asha Bharati in the Hindu faith, in which she was born. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it displayed an openness and all-embracing gesture of Huntsman and his wife Mary Kaye.
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that presence of different religions showed God’s generosity and munificence. Despite our significantly distinct traditions, we should learn to live side by side in mutual trust and peace.
Jon Meade Huntsman, Jr., who is an adherent of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been Utah Governor, US Ambassador to China and Singapore, and has served in the administrations of four US presidents. Including Asha (born 2006), he has seven children.
Asha Bharati was reportedly adopted from an orphanage in Nadiad (Kheda district, Gujarat, India), which is known for Santram Mandir, Kidney Hospital, and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Huntsman reportedly knows how to cook gulab-jamuns (a popular ball shaped dessert of Indian Subcontinent), is fond of Hyderabadi achar (pickles) and has visited some Hindu temples.