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Hate Based Campaign helps Gandhi’s Assassins Win Election

December 16, 2002

India’s secular democracy suffered a severe setback yesterday when the fascist Bharatiya Janata Party was elected in a landslide victory in Gujarat, winning 125 out of a possible 181 seats. Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently charged being in Belgium as a
international war criminal for “Crimes against Humanity”, received an overwhelming mandate to return to power.

The Indian Muslim Council (www.imc-usa.org) joins concerned citizens of all countries and communities in expressing grave concern about what the BJP’s victory means for India’s secular democracy.

Earlier this year, Gujarat witnessed the worst communal violence since India’s independence, where over 2000 were killed, 150,000 displaced, over 800 women and girls raped, and 132 mosques and religious tombs destroyed. Nearly all of the victims of the well organized pogrom were Muslim. Eight months later, many continue to live in relief camps, fearing their lives.

Muslims observe Dec 6th as Babri Mosque day

December 02, 2002

Three major Indian Muslim organizations in the US, the Association of Indian Muslims (AIM,) the Indian Muslim Council-USA (IMC-USA)and the Indian Muslim Relief Committee (IMRC) are calling upon the Muslims in the U.S to observe December 6th as Babri Mosque day.

This call has been endorsed by the national Muslim organizations in the U.S including the American Muslim Alliance (AMA),the American Muslim Council(AMC), the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the American Friends of Muslims in India (AFMI), the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

Joint Statement of AIM, AFMI, IMC-USA and IMRC:

On December 6th ten years ago, the world looked the other way as a democracy of millions allowed a few thousand to demolish its most prized possession: a pluralistic and tolerant ethos.

American Hindu Extremists Fail in Media Intimidation Campaign

September 21, 2002

Hindu extremist groups in the U.S failed in their attempts to intimidate PBS. PBS refused to scrap or make changes in its documentary, “Soul of a Nation” that aired on September 19th. The documentary dealt with the Gujarat pogrom in which more than 2000 Muslim civilians were butchered or burnt alive and more than 600 girls and women gang-raped before being burnt and hacked to death. The documentary raised disturbing questions about the spread of Hindutva hate schools all over India.

Militant Hindu websites have been urging their supporters to contact PBS masquerading as Christians and threaten to harm PBS financially.

Indian Muslim Council, a nationwide advocacy group for a pluralistic India, launched a successful campaign in support of the Freedom of Speech and PBS. Moderate Hindus and other Indian minority groups helped IMC -USA in its campaign.

IMC-USA Condemns Media-Intimidation Campaign by Hindutva-Fascists

September 16, 2002

Indian Muslim Council- USA condemns the campaign of intimidation against the US media by extremist Hindu organizations based in the US.

PBS will be showing a documentary, “Soul of a Nation”, on the recent ethnic cleansing in Gujarat, India in which over 2000 Muslims were killed, more than 600 women were raped and burnt alive and over 150,000 Muslims displaced. This violence was perpetrated by the right wing Hindu ruling party in India that claims the subjugation of minorities as its “Hindutva “ideology.

The Hindutva-fascist fronts are well organized in the United States. Recently they have launched a massive campaign to condemn and stop the showing of this PBS documentary “Soul of India” that exposes their involvement in the carnage. The documentary is to air on September 19th at 9pm ET (Soul of a Nation http://www.pbs.org/wnet/wideangle/about/film10.html)

Hate rape of a Muslim girl condemned

September 03, 2002

It is being reported by the Associated Press and the Mercury News that Sanjay Nair, an 18 year old Hindu, raped a fifteen year old girl in Palo Alto, CA on Friday, August 30th. According to these news reports the Palo Alto police is calling the rape a hate crime, because the rapist allegedly made anti-Muslim comments during the rape.

We condemn this heinous act of rape in the strongest possible terms. Rape is a grave crime and the fact that it was committed against a minor and as a hate crime, magnifies its severity many folds.

If it is true that the rapist uttered anti-Muslim statements while he raped the under age girl, as reported by the police, then it brings home to the Indian community the pain of hundreds of girls gang raped in Gujarat, India and then brutally killed at the hands of Hindutva-fascists.

Indian Muslim Community in United States Launches Washington-based Advocacy Group

Indian Muslim Community in United States Launches Washington-based Advocacy Group For Activism Against Rising Fascism In India

Aug 15th, 2002, Washington D.C.

Indian Muslim Community in United States Launches Washington-based Advocacy Group For Activism Against Rising Fascism In India

Three major US-based organizations, formed in the wake of massive repression on minorities in India, came together on India’s independence day to form the “Indian Muslim Council – USA”, pledging to work for freeing India from the clutches of the rising tide of Hindutva-Fascism. The new group emerged from the California-based Indian Muslim Affairs Council, New York-based Indian Muslim Alert Network, and Philadelphia-based Indian Minorities Political Action Committee.