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Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has welcomed the introduction of Congressional Resolution H.Res 569 by Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) “recognizing the tenth anniversary of the tragic communal violence in Gujarat, India.”

“Congressman Ellison’s resolution is an important effort to memorialize all those who were killed in the horrific sectarian violence of Gujarat in

Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN)

Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN)

2002,” said Mr. Shaheen Khateeb, President of IAMC. “It is an opportunity to renew our pledge to continue the struggle for justice and reparation for the victims and to combat the discrimination and the economic hardships that plague minorities in Gujarat,” added Mr. Khateeb.

The resolution quotes the US State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report of 2003 which found that the communal violence claimed the lives of an estimated 2,000 people and displaced over 100,000 into refugee camps.

The resolution cites Indian investigative magazine Tehelka’s exposé wherein people who participated in the violence confessed on camera that such violence “was possible only because of the connivance of the state police and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.” Mr. Modi was denied a visa to the US by the Department of State on the grounds of egregious religious freedom violations under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.
IAMC has called on all people of conscience to call upon their local Congressional representatives and urge them to become a co-sponsor of the House Resolution H.Res 569.

In observance of the 10th anniversary of the Gujarat violence, Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) as part of the Coalition Against Genocide, is organizing candle light vigils across various cities in the US during the weekend of March 3rd – 4th 2012.

Indian American Muslim Council is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with 10 chapters across the nation.


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India: A Decade on, Gujarat Justice Incomplete – Human RIghts Watch, Feb 24, 2012

Muslims are Gujarat’s new outcastes: Survey – DNA, March 2, 2012

2008: US State Department confirms Modi will not be given visa

27 US Lawmakers want Modi’s visa ban extended; Coalition Against Genocide gets support from more congresspersons

US Congressman Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania writes to State Department

2008: Letter from Representative Betty McCollum to the US Department of State

2008: USCIRF Urges Denial of U.S. Visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi

India: Gujarat Chief Minister Endorses Unlawful Killings, Human Rights Watch, December 7, 2007

No entry for Modi into US: visa denied – Times of India, March 18, 2005

NO ENTRY FOR MODI – By Vijay Prashad, Outlook Magazine, March 12-25, 2005

2005 House Resolution H.RES 160 — ‘Condemning the conduct of Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his actions to incite religious persecution and urging the United States to condemn all violations of religious freedom in India.’

‘Did this letter stop Modi?’ –, March 18, 2005

‘Understanding Gujarat Violence’ By Ashutosh Varshney, Contemporary Conflicts, Mar 26, 2004

International Religious Freedom Report 2003, US Department of State

“We have no orders to save you” – Report by Human Rights Watch

Concerned Citizens Tribunal – Gujarat 2002, An Inquiry into the Carnage in Gujarat


Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Indian American Muslim Council ( an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has applauded Harvard University for dropping courses taught by Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy over his exercise of hate-speech and demonstration of intolerance and bigotry, in an article for an Indian publication named DNA.

In the article published in DNA on July 16, 2011, Dr. Swamy spewed venom against Indian Muslims, by attempting to associate the entire Muslim population with acts of terror and calling for restraints on their freedom of religion, besides calling for anti-Constitutional measures such as declaring India a “Hindu Rashtra.” The article also called for the destruction of 300 mosques as retribution for what Dr. Swamy perceives are goals of “Islamic” terrorism.

Harvard University

“Mr. Swamy’s extremist and hate-filled views can be gauged from the fact that he has proposed various methods of profiling an entire population of 150 million Indian Muslims as a solution to the problem of terrorism in India,” said Mr. Shaheen Khateeb, President of IAMC, in a letter addressed to Harvard President Dr. Drew Faust, expressing IAMC’s profound appreciation for Harvard’s decision to drop courses taught by Dr. Swamy. “History bears witness that when such ideologies of hate have been allowed to be propagated without corrective action it has led us to confront various evils like slavery, genocide, systematic segregation, extreme poverty, public humiliation and racism,” the letter added.

Dr. Swamy wrote in the article: “The first lesson to be learnt from the recent history of Islamic terrorism against India and for tackling terrorism in India is that the Hindu is the target and that Muslims of India are being programmed by a slow reactive process to become radical and thus slide into suicide against Hindus. It is to undermine the Hindu psyche and create the fear of civil war that terror attacks are organized.” Besides this kind of fear-mongering, Dr. Swamy sought to undermine the very basis of India’s Constitution, by calling for disenfranchisement of Muslims who refuse to acknowledge their Hindu ancestry “with pride.”

While Dr. Swamy is entitled to his bigoted views, in his individual capacity, his public pronouncements of hate against the Muslim population, and attempts to sow the seeds of strife and discord among people of different faiths cannot be allowed to go unchecked. Harvard’s decision to drop courses by Dr. Swamy, is in keeping with Harvard’s standing as an institution of higher learning where the faculty and students are held to high standards of responsible public behavior.

IAMC has called upon people of all faiths not to allow Dr. Swamy’s inflammatory rhetoric to adversely impact communal harmony and to work towards strengthening India’s pluralist society where people of all faiths can live together on the basis of mutual respect and peaceful coexistence.

Indian American Muslim Council is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with 10 chapters across the nation.

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There is no room for hateful rhetoric at Harvard

Harvard Drops Subramanian Swamy



IAMC Weekly News Roundup – December 5th, 2011

December 5, 2011

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements Babri Masjid Demolition 19th Anniversary: Indian American Group Demands Justice Communal Harmony Literature should Promote Communal Harmony – B’lore Varsity VC News Headlines More evidence has come up to prove Advani’s role in Babari Masjid demolition Naroda Patia victims want top cops to be made accused Sohrab […]

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Babri Masjid Demolition 19th Anniversary: Indian American Group Demands Justice

December 5, 2011

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 Indian American Muslim Council ( an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has called upon the Supreme Court of India as well as the institutions of civil society to take cognizance of the miscarriage of justice in the case of the Babri Masjid demolition and to work […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – November 28th, 2011

November 28, 2011

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Quran with Bhagavad Gita in a communal harmony class News Headlines Nanavati panel reluctant to expose Modi, says Mallika Sarabhai Examine Narendra Modi’s role in fake encounter: Ishrat’s kin 21 cops involved in Ishrat encounter Jamia teachers welcome SIT report on Ishrat; demand fair probe into […]

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