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Expressions of solidarity with Christians in India, condemnation of hate speech by BJP Minister Niranjan Jyoti


Washington D.C – Wednesday, December 03, 2014
The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC –, an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos,has condemned the burning of St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Delhi on December 1, 2014 as an attack on India’s religious minorities.

Early forensic investigations indicate kerosene was used to start the fire, confirming fears that this was a targeted arson attack, suspiciously close to Christmas. The sanctuary, sacristy and the first floor balcony have been gutted completely in the attack that follows a pattern of similar attacks against churches throughout the country.


IAMC has also condemned the deplorable hate speech by BJP Minister Niranjan Jyoti during an election rally in Delhi. The foul language used by a Union Minister, including expletives as references to minorities represents a nadir in our public discourse, and provides fuel for sectarian violence like the one against the Catholic Church in Delhi.

There has been a marked increase in violence and hate campaigns against minorities in India, since the BJP has come to power. Prominent watch-dog group “International Christian Concern,” reported an alarming rise in the attacks on rural churches in recent months. In May 2014, several villages in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh passed local ordinances banning all non-Hindu religious activities, in effect banning Christianity. Vatican Radio, the Holy See’s official news outlet, reported on the possibility of Christians being “purged,” from villages across three states.

A relentless hate campaign against minorities, including conspiracy theories of Muslims luring Hindu girls into marriage as a form of “love jihad,” and the forced “re-conversions” of Christians to Hinduism, has resulted in a feeling of siege among India’s minorities. In this context, Prime Minister Modi’s announcement that December 25th will be observed as “Good Governance Day,” is deeply insensitive to the sentiments of Christians, given the day is observed as Christmas in most parts of the world, including by Christians in India.

IAMC has demanded that the Special Investigation Team that has been constituted to investigate the attack be asked to probe the political motives behind the attack, given that elections are due in Delhi. In the Trilokpuri riots in October this year, locals have observed that outside forces were in the forefront of fomenting violence.

“Polarization of communities through violence and intimidation prior to the elections is a pattern that is repeating itself across the country,” said Mr. Ahsan Khan, President of IAMC. “We stand in full solidarity with the Christian community against this dastardly attack on a place of worship,” added Mr. Khan.
IAMC has called upon the government and civil society to further safeguard the country from extremism, through inclusive development and by upholding the principle of equality before the law for all citizens, irrespective of caste or creed.
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Tuesday April 26, 2012

The Indian American Muslim Council ( an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos today welcomed the US State Department’s reiteration of its position on the issue of a US visa for Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Congressman Walsh had called on the US government to lift the ban on issuing a US visa to Mr. Modi. On April 25, 2012, the State Department’s spokesperson Victoria Nuland responded to questions from reporters on Congressman Walsh’s letter. “Our position on the visa issue has not changed at all,” Ms. Nuland stated categorically, reaffirming the government’s position that Mr. Modi continues to remain inadmissible under current US law. Section 212 (a)(2)(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, makes foreign government officials ineligible for a visa should the State Department deem them complicit in severe violations of religious freedom.

Mr. Modi is the prime accused in a case filed by human rights organization “Citizens for Justice and Peace” and Gujarat carnage survivor Mrs. Zakia Jafri, where he is accused of conspiracy to commit mass murder, to influence the course of public justice and to destroy public records. An amicus curiae appointed by India’s Supreme Court has found sufficient evidence to charge and prosecute him for the carnage in 2002 that resulted in the killing of over 2,000 people and the displacement of over 150,000.

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“Even after the horrific pogrom in Gujarat 2002, there has been no reprieve for the minorities in Gujarat. The continued violations of religious freedom in the state, in the form of extra-judicial killings, pathetic living conditions of people displaced since 2002, as well as economic discrimination against minorities reflect the culture of impunity cultivated by Mr. Modi and his administration,” said Mr. Shaheen Khateeb, President of IAMC. “The State Department’s refusal to reconsider the ban on Modi’s visa should also be seen in light of the ongoing struggle to secure justice and reparation for the victims of the Gujarat carnage of 2002,” added Mr. Khateeb.

IAMC has called upon India’s Supreme Court to look into irregularities in the functioning of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the Court and to ensure that the masterminds of the Gujarat pogrom of 2002 are brought to justice.

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Action Alert : Protest TIME’s cover story and Brookings Institution article promoting Narendra Modi

March 19, 2012

Monday March 19, 2012 Indian American Muslim Council ( an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos is calling on all people of conscience to protest TIME magazine’s cover story as well as the article by Brookings Institution Managing Director praising Mr. Narendra Modi, for distorting the truth by omitting details of […]

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Battle between Modi and IPS officers escalates in Gujarat (Aug 17, 2011,

August 22, 2011

The battle between the Narendra Modi government and a section of senior IPS officers seems to have escalated with several of them having challenged the government by filing affidavits or taking action uncomfortable to the government. The latest among them is Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Rajnish Rai. In an affidavit filed with the Central Administrative […]

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Ex-BJP CM, eminent citizens demand governor’s intervention in Gujarat (Aug 20, 2011,

August 22, 2011

A delegation of eminent citizens from Gujarat and Maharashtra led by former Gujarat BJP chief minister Suresh Mehta on Wednesday called on state governor Dr. Kamla Beniwal and sought her intervention alleging that a constitutional crisis has arisen in the state under Chief Minister Narendra Modi. The delegation submitted a memorandum to the governor alleging […]

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IAMC Expresses Grave Concern Over Warrant Against Sanjiv Bhatt

August 21, 2011

Saturday August 20, 2011 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC –, an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has expressed grave concern over the warrant issued against IPS Officer Sanjiv Bhatt in a 21 year old case. Mr. Sanjiv Bhatt is well known as the IPS Officer who has alleged […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – August 15th, 2011

August 15, 2011

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements Indian Americans celebrate Independence Day News Headlines Some intel records destroyed, says riots probe panel Gujarat govt chargesheets ‘whistle-blower’ IPS officer Rahul Sharma Gujarat: Another officer drops glove to hit back at Modi govt India: Gujarat policemen charged with misconduct ‘Policemen involved in fake encounters should be […]

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Prosecute Narendra Modi, Reconstitute SIT: Popular Front (Apr 26, 2011,

May 3, 2011

The National Executive Council of Popular Front of India has demanded prosecution of Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi who has been “proved time and again to be the kingpin behind the genocide of the Muslims in the state of Gujarat in 2002.” “Many agencies, activists and investigators have already proved beyond doubt that Modi’s […]

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Another Guj officer comes out against Modi (Apr 26, 2011, IBN)

May 3, 2011

Yet another Gujarat officer has come out openly against Chief Minister Narendra Modi over the post-Godhra riots of 2002. Suspended IAS officer PN Sharma, arrested for his alleged role in a land scam, has written a letter from the Bhuj Special Jail in which he makes this startling disclosure, “I had received a phone call […]

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Gujarat govt withdraws security cover of IPS officer who deposed against Modi (Apr 29, 2011, Indian Express)

May 3, 2011

Days after he submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court to say Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi wanted “Muslims taught a lesson” for “the burning of kar sevaks at Godhra” in 2002, IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s security detail was withdrawn on the orders of the state Director General of Police. Instead of four guards, he […]

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