India Abroad, New York, United States
India Abroad is an English-language weekly newspaper about Indians and about India, mainly for Indian Americans in this country, or Asian Indians in this country, but circulated somewhat in India as well.
I have covered the activities of this community since its inception. Since you’ve been in this country for four years now, I’d like to ask for your reactions to America, Americans and American institutions.
America is not what it pretends to be, it is just a second Soviet Union. But they are truthful; America is hypocritical. The democracy is just in the name, it does not function.
Would you live in the Soviet Union?
I am living in the Soviet Union. Oregon is a state in the Soviet Union.
Well, if you feel that way about it, why are you happy here? Or are you happy here?
I am happy anywhere.
Even in a place as oppressive as the United States?
Yes, even in Oregon.
How about the individual Americans? How do you feel about the ones that you’ve met, that you’ve come into contact with? Or the ones that you’ve read about?
I know only the Americans who are with me, but they are no longer Americans. I don’t come in contact with the Americans, because I never go anywhere.
But many Americans come here to see you, do they not? The parents of your sannyasins, and others?