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January 30, 2013

Indian American Muslim Council (http://www.iamc.com) an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has paid respects to the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his death anniversary today. IAMC has called on secular forces to join hands in the struggle against the same hateful and divisive forces that claimed the Mahatma’s life, and which continue to plague our national polity.

“Gandhiji was assassinated, not just by Nathuram Godse, but by a movement that continues to be characterized by its animus towards minorities and towards our cherished tradition of tolerance,” said Ahsan Khan, President of IAMC. “The need for our nation to come together against such hateful ideologies has never been more urgent,” added Mr. Khan.

India’s Home Minister Mr. Sushilkumar Shinde recently made a statement about the evidence of the involvement of Hindutva terror groups in several acts of terror in the country in recent years. His statement is an acknowledgement of the pattern that has been evident for some time, and confirmed by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) that gave the home ministry a list of suspects associated with Hindu supremacist groups that were behind the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.

These organizations have long been known for championing an ideology that seeks to subvert India’s secular moorings. It is time for us as a nation to introspect on why the Mahatma’s killers have been allowed to gain such power and influence over the last 65 years.

IAMC has called on the government of India to adopt tough measures against all forms of terrorism and to outlaw movements and organizations that serve as breeding grounds for terrorists. It has also appealed to the government of India to expedite the release of hundreds of innocent Muslims who have been languishing in jails for acts of terror that are now established as having been committed by terror groups associated with the Hindutva ideology.

Indian American Muslim Council is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with 13 chapters across the nation.

Contact:

Ishaq Syed

Phone/fax:
1-800-839-7270
Email: info@iamc.com 

References:

1. Mahatma Gandhi’s 65th death anniversary: Nation remembers apostle of peace
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/mahatma-gandhis-65th-death-anniversary-nation-remembers-apostle-of-peace/369749-3.html
2. Shinde’s remarks on RSS, BJP terror camps based on facts, says Khurshid
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/shindes-remarks-on-rss-bjp-terror-camps-based-on-facts-says-khurshid/317130-37-64.html

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Monday January 28, 2013

The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos organized celebrations across the US to mark the Republic Day of India, including special events in eight cities. Indian Americans of all faiths and ethnicities participated in the celebrations to mark the founding of the Indian Republic on January 26, 1950.

IAMC chapters in Massachusetts, Illinois, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, Minnesota, California, and Georgia had organized festivities spread across January 26 and 27 to celebrate 63 years of India’s existence as a modern, secular and democratic Republic.

“The guarantees of Justice, Liberty and Equality for all citizens, enshrined in the preamble to the Constitution collectively represent one of the greatest accomplishments in the cause of pluralism,” said Mr. Ahsan Khan, President of IAMC. “These guarantees are also a reminder of the ideals we need to live up to and the promises we still need to keep,” added Mr. Khan.

Indian Americans from Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Jain, Christian and various other communities attended the events. The event in New Jersey was attended by the Honorable Consul General of India Prabhu Dayal, and Mayor Frank Gambatese of the city of South Brunswick. Consul General Dayal commended IAMC for building a bridge of understanding between India and the United States. The Republic Day event in Atlanta was attended by Consul Rajinder Singh from the Atlanta Consulate General of India.

The nationwide celebrations included an online Essay Contest at www.republicday.org which received a tremendous response. Winners of exciting prizes such as iPad Mini and Google Nexus 7 are as follows:

Essay Contest Winners

1. First Prize: Ekaete Ekwere, for the essay on “Maintain the Momentum”

2. Second Prize: Mahesh Chandramouli, for the essay on “Challenges Facing India in the 21st century – Personal Reflections”

Indian-American Muslim Council (formerly Indian Muslim Council-USA) is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with 13 chapters across the nation.

For more information please visit our new website at: http://www.iamc.com

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Indian American Muslim Council
Ishaq Syed
Phone: (800) 839-7270
Email: info@iamc.com

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Morton Grove, IL 60053
phone/fax: 1-800-839-7270
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Report: Indian Americans demand justice for Gujarat victims through candle-light vigils in several cities across the US

March 10, 2012

Saturday, March 10, 2012 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – http://www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, observed the tenth anniversary of the horrific carnage in Gujarat through candle-light vigils held in several cities across the US, as well as an online candle-light vigil on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gujarat-Genocide/256516174422867 The objective [...]

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10th Anniversary of Gujarat Genocide IAMC having Candle light Vigil

February 29, 2012

On the 10th Anniversary of Gujarat Genocide IAMC having coast to coast Rally & Candle light Vigil Starting February 27th, 2002, the Indian state of Gujarat witnessed the systematic murder and displacements of thousands of people in horrific sectarian violence that engulfed the entire state. The viciousness and barbarism that marked the Gujarat pogrom of [...]

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IAMC President Shaheen Khateeb Republic Day Message.

January 25, 2012

Assalam Alaikum. Peace be upon you. It gives me immense pleasure to extend my warmest greetings to you on the occasion of the 63rd Republic Day of India. For over 6 decades, India has been a democratic Republic. As Indian Americans, we are truly proud of this accomplishment. While our freedom struggle continues to inspire [...]

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Cops want to destroy papers in Sanjiv Bhatt’s possession: Teesta Setalvad (Oct 5, 2011, DNA India)

October 10, 2011

Why are the city police so desperately demanding access to arrested IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s bank lockers or what were they looking for when they carried out searches at his house and that of his mother? Sources believe that Bhatt is in possession of many crucial documents which could put many officials and politicians in [...]

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Bhatt’s arrest: US groups write to Prez, PM; warn to launch global campaign (Oct 5, 2011, Twocircles.net)

October 10, 2011

The Coalition Against Genocide, an advocacy coalition of around three dozen civil society groups in the United States, has sought intervention of President of India, Prime Minister and Chief Justice of India in the case of the arrest of whistle-blower Gujarat IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt. The Coalition Against Geneocide on 5th October wrote a letter [...]

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Narendra Modi to blame if Sanjeev Bhatt is harmed: Abhishek Manu Singhvi (Oct 4, 2011, India Today)

October 10, 2011

Rights activists and suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s supporters on Monday took the protest against his arrest to the street and alleged that the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat was trying to throttle the voices of dissent and intimidating the key witnesses in the 2002 riot cases. While Bhatt’s wife Shweta has written to the [...]

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Gulbarg victims move court to seek direction to SIT to submit probe details (Oct 5, 2011, DNA India)

October 10, 2011

The victims of Gulbarg society massacre have moved an application before the designated court, seeking direction to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to submit all documents regarding investigation against the involvement of police officials in the riot case, before the court. The court issued notice to the SIT and asked the agency to file a [...]

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Soharabuddin case witness escapes from police custody, held again (Oct 9, 2011, Indian Express)

October 10, 2011

Sylvester, a key witness in the Soharabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, made a dramatic escape from Gujarat Police custody but was rearrested on late Saturday night. Sylvester, who fled after being produced in a court in Udaipur, was picked up by a Special Task Force of Rajasthan police from Gopalpura area in Udaipur near the [...]

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