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Automated bogus voting attempts to create fake popularity for Indian politicians in the midst of elections

April 22, 2014

Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC, http://iamc.com), a group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has called on TIME magazine to disqualify Indian politicians from the 2014 TIME 100 online poll. Millions of fake online votes were cast using automated systems for Indian politicians Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal, sometime running into 1,000 votes every 5 seconds. In the two hours between 1:15-3:15PM today (past midnight in India), over 1.4 million votes were cast for candidate Narendra Modi. Since 6PM last evening (April 21st 2014), over 4 million votes were cast for Modi and 2 million for Kejriwal. This polling fraud has implications on the ongoing Indian elections where perceptions on the outcome of the TIME poll have impact on the masses. Over 300 parliamentary seats go to polls in India between now and May 12th.

While the TIME Magazine poll is known to have been rigged for the last several years, the Magazine has done little to address the issue. Although a detailed account of how Katie Perry was pushed to the top spot in last year’s TIME poll through automated polling has been published by hackers, TIME continues to use the same polling service. What is rather alarming is that TIME seems to actually believe in the authenticity of its own online poll and is publishing ‘news’ reportsbased on how Kejriwal and Modi are leading in their poll.

In order to demonstrate how easy it is to crack the TIME poll, IAMC has listed below step-wise technical details on how fake voting can be automated on the TIME Magazine poll:

      1. Open a Facebook account

      2. Using a browser recording tool such as Selenium, record a session for the following:

            1. Go to TIME Magazine poll, click on the person to vote.

            2. It will give the option to login to Facebook or Twitter. Login into Facebook.

3. This will result in the poll service accepting the vote.

      3. Write a script that does the following:

            1. Clear all cookies and other private data from the browser

            2. Play the Selenium recording

      4. Write an auto initialization script that continuously runs the above.

5. Save the virtual image of the machine.

      6. Use the virtual image to launch hundreds or thousands of machines on a cloud service or data

           center to cast their millions of votes for the person of your choice.

This loophole can easily be plugged by TIME through the introduction of industry standard techniques such as Captchas, however TIME has persistently ignored poll fraud on its site for the last several years.

“TIME Magazine should reflect on its willing complicity in allowing itself be used as a PR tool, especially when it has the potential to impact elections in the world’s largest democracy,” said IAMC President Ahsan Khan. Mr. Khan further called upon TIME to not include any Indian politicians in the outcome of its poll. “Given the well documented history of the poll being hacked year after year, it would be irresponsible on the part of TIME to publish its poll results when elections are ongoing in India and the top two candidates in the TIME poll are Indian politicians vying for higher office.”

IAMC also called upon the Election Commission of India to ensure that the results of TIME 100 poll are not used as a publicity tool by the Indian political parties during the course of these elections.

Indian American Muslim Council is the largest advocacy group of Indian Muslims in the United States with 15 chapters across the nation.

REFERENCES:

TIME: Indian Politicians Are Dominating the TIME 100 Poll
http://time.com/70002/indian-politicians-are-dominating-the-time-100-poll/

Rigging Time’s Person of the Year poll? All in a day’s twerk
http://www.dailydot.com/news/time-person-of-the-year-miley-cyrus-rigged/

TIME poll hacked by Modi BOTs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U4hqNcZcQc

CONTACT:
Ishaq Syed
Phone/Fax: 1-800-839-7270
Email: info@iamc.com
Address: 6321 W Dempster St. Suite 295, Morton Grove, IL 60053.

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Broad range of experts call for inclusion of human rights and religious freedom in the US-India Strategic Dialogue.

April 4th 2014: Coalition Against Genocide (CAG – http://coalitionagainstgenocide.org/), a broad alliance dedicated to justice and accountability for the Gujarat pogroms of 2002, today welcomed the congressional hearing on the subject of minorities and religious freedom in India.
The hearing was organized by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on April 4, 2014. The congressional panel was presided by Rep. Joseph Pitts of Pennsylvania, an ardent champion of human rights and religious freedom. Rep. Keith Ellison – co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Rep. Trent Franks – co-chair of the International Religious Freedom Congressional Caucus, were also part of the panel for the hearing. The commission sought to examine the implications of the politicization of religious identities and increase in violence against religious minorities in India in the context of US-India relationship.

Several witnesses were invited to appear and present their observations and information on the subject matter. Among those that testified include Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett – Vice Chair of United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), Dr. John Dayal – Secretary General of the All-India Christian Council and a prominent member of India’s National Integration Council, Robin Phillips – Executive Director with The Advocates for Human Rights and John Sifton, Asia Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch.

Alex Koshy, a spokesperson for the coalition, welcomed the hearing and its potential for positive impact in the lives of religious minorities in India. “In light of H. Res. 417, the request to incorporate human rights into the strategic dialogue framework provides a way to address the increasing difficulties bilaterally,” he said. “Often, issues of religious freedom are given a short shrift in the bilateral talks or eliminated altogether. Including it will allow for healthy dialogue instead of criticisms on the issue.”, he added.

In a written deposition, Dr. Dayal highlighted the plight of religious minorities, especially Christians and Muslims, due to the growing intolerance and polarization, repeated instances of mass violence and impunity for the perpetrators, a sluggish and compromised judiciary, and enactment of draconian laws whose implementation is repressive towards religious minorities. In his oral testimony, Dr. Dayal observed that multiple states have enacted laws that curtail religious freedom, while the votaries of the supremacist Hindutva ideology have openly called for the enactment of a national law with similar scope. He urged the United States and the international community to play a role in safeguarding India’s pluralism, and called on the US government to incorporate human rights and religious freedom in the US-India Strategic Dialogue framework.

Robin Phillips’s written submission brought out the entire gamut of issues faced by religious minorities, including the impunity and even support enjoyed by those accused of fomenting violence and enmity. She cited the analysis of Pew Research Center in which India was among the worst performers in terms of government restrictions and social hostilities involving religion. Her testimony also underscored the apathy, indifference and lack of will of the local governments and judiciary in providing timely relief and remedy to the victims. John Sifton cited instances underscoring the ineffective remedial conditions for victims of communal riots and targeted attacks.

Dr. Shaik Ubaid, one of the co-founders of the coalition remarked, “Despite being a functioning democracy since its independence more than 60 years ago, Indian law enforcement and judiciary are lacking in both the will and capacity to tackle the menace of human rights violations by Hindutva organizations. We thank Congressmen Pitts, Ellison, Wolf, Franks and McGovern for spearheading this hearing and highlighting the increasing number of problems faced by religious minorities in India in their free exercise of constitutional rights.” He also criticised Hindu American Foundation (HAF) saying, “They pretend to be an interfaith and human rights organization but came out opposing the hearing on religious freedom and justifying anti-conversion laws. Such duplicity is the hallmark of the Hindutva ideology.”

The hearing was attended by a packed audience and several lawmakers participated in the course of the proceedings. There were several pointed questions from the panel and the members of the committee were surprised at the number and range of the issues faced by religious minorities.

Coalition members expressed hope that increased attention to the issue of religious freedom will bring about positive changes from the government to the needs of those that are vulnerable and affected.

CAG is a group of over 40 organizations, representing a diverse cross section of the religious and political spectrum of the Indian diaspora, including Hindu and other faith-based organizations. The coalition is committed to democracy, pluralism and to the preservation of the idea of India.

CONTACT:

1. Dr. Shaik Ubaid
Phone: (516) 567-0783

2. Mr. Raja Swamy
Phone: (864) 804-0216

Coalition Against Genocide
Phone/Fax: (443) 927-9039
Email: media@coalitionagainstgenocide.org
http://www.coalitionagainstgenocide.org

REFERENCES:

TLHRC Hearing: The Plight of Religious Minorities in India
HEARING WEBSITE: http://tlhrc.house.gov/hearing_notice.asp?id=1259
RECORDING: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/45757005

Testimony of John Sifton, Asia Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch
http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/04/04/plight-religious-minorities-india

Testimony of Katrina Lantos Swett, Vice Chair, USCIRF
http://uscirf.newtarget.net/sites/default/files/India%20testimony%20TLHRC%20%20April%202014%20FINAL.pdf

The Advocates’ Robin Phillips Testifies before Congressional Committee
http://theadvocatespost.org/2014/04/04/impunity-emboldening-forces-of-religious-intolerance-in-india/

H.Res 417 — Praising India’s rich religious diversity and commitment to tolerance and equality, and reaffirming the need to protect the rights and freedoms of religious minorities.
http://pitts.house.gov/sites/pitts.house.gov/files/documents/PittsEllison-IndiaReligiousFreedom.pdf

Pew Report on Restrictions on Religion – Social Hostilities reach a six year high
http://www.pewforum.org/2014/01/14/religious-hostilities-reach-six-year-high/#interactive

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Death threats to Advocate Pracha and intimidation of online media are unacceptable, say Indian Americans

March 21, 2014

Attempt to force news portal to withdraw interview critical of Police chief undermines freedom of press Friday, March 21, 2014 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC - www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, condemned the threats to senior lawyer Mr. Mehmood Paracha by vested interests operating through underworld goons. IAMC [...]

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Gujarat pogrom commemorated by Indian Americans

February 28, 2014

Justice for Gujarat victims is pivotal in the struggle to save India’s secular tradition Friday, February 28, 2014 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC - www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, joined human rights activists, survivors and people of conscience across the world in commemorating the Gujarat pogrom of 2002 [...]

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Coalition Against Genocide flays hype over US ambassador Nancy Powell’s meeting with Narendra Modi

February 14, 2014

Administration showed poor judgement in reaching out to Modi but is justified in maintaining the policy over his visa ban Washington DC, Friday, February 14, 2014 Coalition Against Genocide (CAG), a broad alliance dedicated to justice and accountability for the Gujarat pogrom of 2002 and to combating extremist ideologies that were its genesis, today expressed [...]

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Witch-hunt against Teesta Setalvad an indictment of Gujarat government say Indian Americans

January 17, 2014

January 15, 2014 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC - www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has condemned attempts by the Gujarat government to use the state security apparatus to harass and intimidate noted human rights activist Teesta Setalvad, and the organization she represents, Citizens for Justice and Peace. Teesta [...]

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Open Letter to UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav‏

January 1, 2014

Chief Minister Shri Akhilesh Yadav, 5, Kalidas Marg, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh January 1, 2014 Subject: UP State Government’s handling of sectarian violence and humanitarian crisis in Muzaffarnagar Dear Shri Akhilesh Yadav, I am writing to you on behalf of the Indian American Muslim Council, an organization of non-resident Indians that is dedicated to safeguarding India’s [...]

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Lower court goes along with dirty SIT’s clean chit to Modi

December 26, 2013

Indian Americans renew commitment to secure justice for victims of Gujarat pogroms Thursday, December 26, 2013 Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC - www.iamc.com), an advocacy organization dedicated to preserving India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has called into question a dubious verdict of the lower court in the Narendra Modi Gujarat pogroms case. A Magistrate’s court in [...]

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International Human Rights Day a time for renewed resolve to uplift humanity say Indian Americans

December 10, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Indian American Muslim Council ( http://www.iamc.com) an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has called on people of all faiths to come together on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, to renew their commitment to the UN Declaration of Human Rights [1] and [...]

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Hindu American Foundation reveals its supremacist ideology through smear campaign against CAG and Indian Muslims

December 6, 2013

HAF’s Opposition to House Resolution 417 is a disservice to India and Hinduism say Indian Americans   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Washington D.C, Friday, December 6, 2013 Coalition Against Genocide (CAG - http://coalitionagainstgenocide.org/), has condemned the Hindu American Foundation’s opposition to House Resolution H.Res. 417 [1] through a smear campaign against the coalition and one of its constituents, [...]

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