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Will you join us Thursday morning in Sacramento to support removing Islamophobic content from the new California school history textbooks?
Will you help ensure the history of Islam in South Asia is not distorted and aligned with a Hindu supremacist narrative?

 

California is set to finalize its curriculum framework that will guide textbook publishers, teachers and makers of educational material on how the curriculum need to be taught. These include critical subjects like history and social sciences that help shape students’ personalities and worldview.

 

It is deeply concerning to the Muslim community, that the present California curriculum as well as the proposed edits that are part of this review, include Islamophobic content. It also includes a falsified version of history pushed by Hindutva groups in the US, who are aligned with the divisive ideology of RSS and its affiliates in India. Unless the State Board of Edition updates the curriculum and reverses some of the edits, children will be studying about Islam primarily under a narrative of war, conquest and “forced conversions.”

 

The South Asian Histories For All (SAHFA) coalition, of which the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) is a part, is leading the fight in overturning Islamophobia from the California’s history and social sciences school curriculum for 6th, 7th and 10th grades.
Under this campaign, some of the top scholars on Islam and Muslim Civilization have written a joint letter to the State Board of Education pointing out factual errors in the curriculum as well as the proposed edits. Moreover, a broad based group of national and California based Muslim organizations has written a separate joint letter to the Board of Education, expressing grave concerns over procedural lapses during the review process.
While these initiatives are welcome, it is the community members who would play a key role in convincing the Board of Education, that our concerns are shared and need to be addressed, in order to preserve the integrity of our children’s education.

 

Community members are encouraged to attend the upcoming hearing in Sacramento, as each individual would be allowed to give a one-minute testimony. Details are as follows:

 

WHAT: California State Board of Education Hearing
WHEN: Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 8:00 AM sharp
WHERE: California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, CA 95814

 

If you are unable to participate in the public hearing, please write ( be polite and concise) to the State Board of Education (sbe@cde.ca.gov) asking them to accept the recommendations of the Muslim Studies Faculty Group scholars.

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Monday March 19, 2012

Indian American Muslim Council (http://www.iamc.com) an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos is calling on all people of conscience to protest TIME magazine’s cover story as well as the article by Brookings Institution Managing Director praising Mr. Narendra Modi, for distorting the truth by omitting details of Mr. Modi’s dismal human rights record.

Background Information

The TIME cover story (Asia Edition) comes on the heels of a blog article by the Managing Director of the Brookings Institution that appears to be along the same lines, projecting Mr. Modi as India’s “most admired and most feared politician,” even eulogizing his apparent concern for the environment, while glossing over the details of Mr. Modi’s role in the murderous carnage of 2002.

Narendra Modi

Although TIME’s cover story is not an endorsement, it contains inaccuracies, half-truths and glaring omissions of pertinent details on Mr. Modi’s tenure as Chief Minister. These betray its real objective – an attempt by APCO Worldwide, Modi’s PR firm in Washington DC – to combat negative coverage of their client’s documented connivance in gross human rights violations, in order to project him as a Prime Ministerial candidate.

A Tehelka news report highlights the fact that the Gujarat government has been paying Rupees 1.5 million per month to APCO since 2009 to bring about the image makeover. The report also mentions that the firm is managing “Modi’s own behavior and projection for which the cost has been $25,000 per month since 2007.”

Action Requested (CALL & EMAIL)

Contact TIME and the Brookings Institution and ask them to correct the misperceptions created by the stories they ran on Mr. Narendra Modi, by follow-up articles that are balanced. Please see talking points below when contacting Brookings and TIME.

Brookings Institution
Phone 202.797.6105 (Media) or 202-797-6200 (President’s Office)
Email: wantholis@brookings.edu, communications@brookings.edu, stalbott@brookings.edu

TIME Magazine
Phone: 1-866-550-6934.
Email: asialetters@timeasia.com, letters@time.com, enquiries@timeasia.com
Web : http://ideas.time.com/submit-a-letter-to-the-editor/

TALKING POINTS:

When you write or make a phone call, make some of the following points, in addition to points from the references below:

1. On the 10th anniversary of Gujarat massacres, your article is projecting its perpetrator as a PM candidate rather than focusing on 10 years of injustice and violence at his hand. It is an insult to the thousands of victims of the Gujarat violence that are still suffering from Modi’s discriminatory policies.

2. Instead of rehabilitating the victims of the Gujarat pogrom, Modi is busy rehabilitating his own blood stained image using public money meant to serve the people. Your article is a contribution to his misguided campaign that comes at the expense of justice and reparation for the Gujarat 2002 victims. 10 years after the violence, a recent survey shows that there are still 16,000 victims from the 2002 violence languishing in squalid refugee camps which do not receive any support from the government.

3. Gujarat under Mr. Modi has one of the highest levels of hunger and malnutrition in India, according to an NCAER study from 2011. The falling human development indices, rampant corruption and multi-million dollar scams, and entrenched discrimination against minorities belie Mr. Modi’s claim of a “Vibrant Gujarat.”

4. The Indian courts are censuring Mr. Modi for contempt of court and assessing the evidence collected by human rights organizations and investigative journalists to determine whether Mr. Modi can be prosecuted for his direct responsibility in the Gujarat massacres of 2002

5. Human rights organizations have repeatedly pointed out that the victims of the Gujarat carnage of 2002 have not only been denied justice, but also basic amenities in the many refugee camps that continue to shelter them

6. The complicity of the state government in allowing the killing of over 2,000 people, brutal sexual violence against 800 women, and the displacement of over 150,000 people has been well documented by human rights organizations and investigative journalists

7. In 2005, the US State Department, in an unprecedented move, placed a ban on Mr. Modi from entering the US on the grounds of egregious religious freedom violations under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998

Followup Action

After writing or making the call, please do the following:

1. Report your feedback to info@iamc.com
2. Pass on this action alert to all your friends

RELATED LINKS:

REFERENCES TO TIME & BROOKINGS ARTICLES

India’s Most Admired and Most Feared Politician: Narendra Modi
http://www.brookings.edu/opinions/2012/0316_modi_antholis.aspx

Why Narendra Modi is India’s Most Loved and Loathed Politician
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2109164,00.html

MODI’S PR FIRM HAS HISTORY OF WORKING FOR DICTATORS

Modi gets PR firm Apco Worldwide to hardsell Vibrant Gujarat
http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/modi-gets-apco-to-hardsell-vibrant-gujarat-2011/373266/

APCO Worldwide: Modi’s image builders have dictators on client list
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/specials/Modis-image-builders-have-dictators-on-client-list/articleshow/2600140.cms

What lies on the other side of US’ praise of Modi
http://www.tehelka.com/story_main50.asp?filename=Ws190911Politics.asp

THE MYTH OF VIBRANT GUJARAT

Marketing a Myth (of Gujarat’s Economic Prosperity) by Lyla Bavadam, Frontline Magazine, May. 07-20, 2011
http://www.frontlineonnet.com/fl2810/stories/20110520281001800.htm

Relative Development of Gujarat and Socio-Economic Differentials By Dr. Abusaleh Shariff
http://www.cjponline.org/GujaratReview070311.pdf

High income, yet high hunger levels in Gujarat
By VIDYA SUBRAHMANIAM, THE HINDU, February 13, 2011
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article1448215.ece

Myth of Vibrant Gujarat
http://www.anhadin.net/IMG/pdf/Myth_of_Vibrant_Gujarat_EDigest.pdf

GUJARAT MASSACRES

A Decade of Shame
http://www.frontlineonnet.com/stories/20120309290400400.htm

Muslims are Gujarat’s new outcastes: Survey – DNA, March 2, 2012
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_muslims-are-gujarats-new-outcastes-survey_1657290

2002 riots not spontaneous: Study
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-02-29/ahmedabad/31110513_1_anti-muslim-bjp-mla-scs

No entry for Modi into US: visa denied – Times of India, March 18, 2005
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2005-03-18/india/27866126_1_business-visa-gujarat-riots-immigration-and-nationality-act

Congressional Resolution H.RES 569: Recognizing the tenth anniversary of the tragic communal violence in Gujarat, India
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.RES.569:

India: A Decade on, Gujarat Justice Incomplete – Human RIghts Watch, Feb 24, 2012
http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/02/24/india-decade-gujarat-justice-incomplete

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Call Bihar Chief Minister and Urge Him to Take Decisive Action on Forbesganj Police Killings

June 22, 2011

The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – http://www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has called upon Indian Americans and all people of conscience to contact the Bihar Chief Minister Mr. Nitish Kumar, and urge decisive action on the recent brutal killing of innocent villagers in Forbesganj by the Bihar […]

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Action Alert: IMC-USA urges action in demanding revisions to Communal Violence Bill 2009

February 27, 2010

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IMC-USA urges West Bengal Govt. to prevent deaths in Murshidabad

August 13, 2007

Indian Muslim Council-USA is alarmed at the reports of deaths due to starvation in the Murshidabad region of the Indian state of West Bengal.

IMC-USA is outraged that in spite of efforts by many Muslim leaders such as Dr.Zafarul Islam Khan of Milli Gazette the state government has been very slow to provide effective relief. Thousands of people might die because of the criminal negligence of the governments of India and West Bengal.

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Demand an investigation into indiscriminate police firing After Juma Prayers near Macca Masjid, Hyderabad

May 25, 2007

May 25, 2007

Demand an investigation into indiscriminate police firing After Juma Prayers near Macca Masjid, Hyderabad

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Urge star news channel to publicly apologize for its falsified reporting against Darul-ul-Uloom Deoband

October 8, 2006

October 08, 2006

ACTION ALERT

The Star News Channel’s recent ‘sting operation’ against a scholar of Darul-Uloom Deoband, India, produced a report which on further enquiry turned out to be spurious and defamatory. The channel’s report portrayed Mufti Habibur Rahman as accepting money from a person who had requested an injunction (Fatwa) regarding credit card usage. The Darul-Uloom had suspended the Mufti after the report and on further investigation found him to be innocent. The statement (fatwa) given by the Mufti was evaluated as being in consonance with the teachings of Islam.

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Urge State Department to cancel meetings with RSS spokesman Ram Madhav

August 31, 2006

August 31, 2006

We have learnt that Ram Madhav, the national spokesperson for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is visiting the United States and is reported to be meeting with State Department officials later this week.

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