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Government’s inaction and cruel politics of Hindutva focus of protests; protesters demand immediate action to restore the rule of law

July 16, 2017

The Alliance for Justice and Accountability (AJA), an umbrella coalition of progressive organizations across the United States and various coalition partners today held protests in three cities across the US, to express their outrage over the growing mob rule against minorities in India and the policies of the government that are emboldening such forces. Protests were held in Washington, DC, San Diego and San Jose. A fourth protest is scheduled to be held in New York City on July 23, 2017.

These protests are similar to the “Not In My Name” protests that have been held across various cities in India. Besides the AJA coalition, the protests in San Jose were jointly organized with the “Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice.” The South Asia Solidarity Initiative (SASI), will be part of the protests in New York City on July 23rd.

The last few years has seen brutal killings of mostly Muslims and Dalits in the name of cow protection, over a dozen of them only since September last year. These killings have been orchestrated by Hindu supremacist groups ideologically aligned with the BJP-led federal government and drawing inspiration from the beef ban imposed by the governments in various states. The increasing hostility towards minorities displayed by even central ministers in the form of incendiary rhetoric has only added fuel to the fire. Since 2010, 97% of beef related violence has taken place after the BJP-led Hindu nationalist government came to power. Since 2015, an increasing number of Muslims have been lynched, hanged or brutalized in the most cruel manner on mere suspicion of possessing or cooking beef.

Protests in San Jose, CA

Protesters carried signs, such as “India – Hostage to Hindutva?” and “Beef Ban is Cultural Fascism.” They came from various communities in the diaspora and were united in their condemnation of the killings and the beef ban.

Protest in downtown San Diego, CA near the USS Midway Museum

“The reign of terror unleashed by Hindu supremacist cow “vigilantes” is clearly targeted at browbeating the nation’s religious minorities into the status of second class citizens,” said Mr. Suhail Syed, one of the organizers of the protests in Washington, DC. “How can the government of India respond so casually to the mob lynchings of Muslims and Dalits?,” asked San Uddin, one of the organizers of the protests in New York. “That shows the killings are not spontaneous but executed with a tacit approval of Hindu supremacists that are an integral part of the ruling party,” added Ms. Sana.

In a recent statement, Amnesty International India expressed deep worry over the “pattern of hate crimes committed against Muslims with seeming impunity – many of them in states where the Bharatiya Janata Party is in power.”

Protest in Washington, DC

In April 2017, a mob beat a 55-year-old Muslim man, Pehlu Khan, to death in Rajasthan after accusing him of transporting cows for slaughter. An exposé by a television news station showed the attackers belonged to the BJP and its affiliates. In a recent killing that shook India, 15-tear-old Junaid Khan was stabbed to death on board a train in northern India as he headed home from Eid shopping. While such killings have drawn international condemnation, the suffering of millions who have lost their source of livelihood as a result of the beef ban has not received adequate attention. In a bizarre and shocking expose of the Sangh Parivar’s hypocrisy, the BJP and RSS joined hands to sell beef in Kerala, the very act for which they are enabling the lynching of Muslims.

The Alliance for Justice and Accountability has pledged to work with people of all faiths to defend India from the onslaught of hate and divisiveness.

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Letter draws President Obama’s attention to deteriorating situation with respect to religious freedom situation in India

 

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Monday, January 26, 2015

The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has marked India’s Republic Day with celebrations in four US cities, while pledging to safeguard India’s secular and pluralist Constitution from attacks by divisive forces.

IAMC organized two events during the weekend of January 24th, one each in Minnesota and Florida. Two more events are scheduled to be held next weekend, one each in New Jersey and Chicago (Illinois).  Attendees at each event include representatives of various faiths, elected officials and prominent  members of the diaspora. Consul General of India Dr. Ausaf Sayeed will be the keynote speaker at the event in Chicago.

 

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) was honored in Minneapolis by the “Champion of Human Rights and Social Justice Award” in an event that was also attended by Ms. Amy Bergquist, Assistant Director of “Advocates for Human Rights.”

 

Mr. Chao Lee, accepting the “Champion of Human Rights and Social Justice” Award on behalf of Congresswoman Betty McCollum

In a letter accepting the award, Congresswoman McCollum expressed her commitment to continue to work “to advance human rights at home and abroad.” “With our collective voice, we can make a difference in the lives of others,” the letter stated.

 

“The Republic Day celebrations remind us yet again, that the foundations of the Indian Republic are based on the ideals of justice, pluralism and democracy,” said Mr. Umar Malick, President of IAMC. “Unfortunately, the Constitution is under threat, by the onslaught of a relentlessly divisive and hateful agenda, espoused by narrow, sectarian interests,” added Mr. Malick.

 

This year’s Republic Day has a special significance, with President Obama visiting India as the Chief Guest for the celebrations in New Delhi. In a letter, delivered to the White House before President Obama’s departure for India, IAMC called the President’s trip an opportunity for the two countries to “come closer not only in matters of common strategic interests, but also on issues related to our common values.”

 

“As signatories to the UN Declaration of Human rights, both India and the US have a shared commitment to religious freedom and human rights. It is in this context we wish to bring to your attention deeply disturbing developments in the world’s largest democracy, that are having a profoundly negative impact on millions of religious minorities in India, including Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Parsis,” the letter stated.

 

The series of attacks on churches in New Delhi, the campaign to forcibly convert Christians and Muslims to Hinduism undertaken by Hindu supremacist organizations and the incendiary rhetoric adopted by ministers and members of Parliament belonging to the ruling dispensation have created a sense of siege among the religious minorities, and were mentioned in the letter to President Obama.

 

IAMC event in Florida included flag hoisting at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi

The letter urged the President to express concern over the rapidly deteriorating situation of minorities, to direct the State Department to include human rights and religious freedom within the framework of the US-India Strategic Dialogue and to call on India’s administration to pursue policies that are “equitable and representative of India’s secular constitution and its long-standing tradition of pluralism.”

 

“Without international concern over the plight of minorities in India, a population of over 200 million representing India’s religious minorities would be faced with heightened persecution, constricted freedom of religion and diminishing civil liberties,” the letter added.

 

IAMC has consistently marked Annual Republic Day celebrations in different cities across the US for over 8 years. This year’s festivities included speeches celebrating the Constitution, a flag hoisting ceremony, a fancy dress competition and cultural events highlighting India’s diversity.

Indian American Muslim Council is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with chapters across the nation.

 

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IAMC-NJ Fund Raiser Dinner

December 3, 2014

Join and support IAMC Fund Raiser on December 13th

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IAMC- Chicago Fundraising Dinner

December 3, 2014

Chicago IAMC Fundraising Dinner DATE: Sunday, December 14, 2014 • TIME: 5:00 PM VENUE: Lazzat Banquets • 1117 East Avenue, Streamwood, IL 60107 TICKET PRICE: $50 Number of Tickets : 12345678910

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IAMC NJ invites you India Republic Day 2014 Celebrations

January 25, 2014

IAMC NJ invites you and your family to join us for an exciting India Republic Day 2014 Celebrations on Saturday February 1st 2014 Clarion Inn (Ball Room) 999 Route 1 South, North Brunswick, NJ, US, 08902, NJ. Time: 12 am – 3 pm Celebrating India’s Diversity and Pluralism Expected Guest of Honor Honorable Consul General of […]

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Republic Day 2014 Celebration in Michigan

January 25, 2014
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IAMC- San Diego Chapter’s Annual Banquet

November 8, 2013

IAMC has been working in the field of strategic advocacy for the last 11 years for safeguarding the secular, democratic and tolerant ethos of India. It is also actively engaged in speaking out against the violation of human rights and civil liberties of minorities in India. IAMC is a leading voice among the Indian Muslim […]

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IAMC NJ invites you for the annual luncheon‏

October 25, 2013

Indian Amerincan Muslim Council invites you and your family for the annual Fundraiser “Luncheon” The challenge of religious nationalism to secular India  Guest Speaker: Mohammed Adeeb,  Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh, Board member of Indian Muslim Personal Law Board & Vice President of All India Majlis Mushawarat Special Guest: Mohammed Ahsan Khan President Indian American […]

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