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Tuesday April 26, 2012

The Indian American Muslim Council (http://www.iamc.com) 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.

Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi

“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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RELATED LINKS:

No change in visa policy on Narendra Modi: US
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/no-change-in-visa-policy-on-narendra-modi-us/252141-2.html

US Department of State – Foreign Affairs Manual Volume 9
http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/86956.pdf

US lawmaker asks Clinton to reconsider decision on visa to Modi
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-you-will-have-to-give-him-a-visa/941328/

Gujarat 2002 – The Full Coverage
http://www.tehelka.com/story_main35.asp?filename=Ne031107gujrat_sec.asp

“We have no orders to save you” – Report by Human Rights Watch
http://www.hrw.org/legacy/reports/2002/india//a>

Concerned Citizens Tribunal – Gujarat 2002; An Inquiry into the Carnage in Gujarat
http://www.sabrang.com/tribunal/volI/index.html

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Monday March 19, 2012

Indian American Muslim Council (http://www.iamc.com) 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 Mr. Modi’s dismal human rights record.

Background Information

The TIME cover story (Asia Edition) comes on the heels of a blog article by the Managing Director of the Brookings Institution that appears to be along the same lines, projecting Mr. Modi as India’s “most admired and most feared politician,” even eulogizing his apparent concern for the environment, while glossing over the details of Mr. Modi’s role in the murderous carnage of 2002.

Narendra Modi

Although TIME’s cover story is not an endorsement, it contains inaccuracies, half-truths and glaring omissions of pertinent details on Mr. Modi’s tenure as Chief Minister. These betray its real objective – an attempt by APCO Worldwide, Modi’s PR firm in Washington DC – to combat negative coverage of their client’s documented connivance in gross human rights violations, in order to project him as a Prime Ministerial candidate.

A Tehelka news report highlights the fact that the Gujarat government has been paying Rupees 1.5 million per month to APCO since 2009 to bring about the image makeover. The report also mentions that the firm is managing “Modi’s own behavior and projection for which the cost has been $25,000 per month since 2007.”

Action Requested (CALL & EMAIL)

Contact TIME and the Brookings Institution and ask them to correct the misperceptions created by the stories they ran on Mr. Narendra Modi, by follow-up articles that are balanced. Please see talking points below when contacting Brookings and TIME.

Brookings Institution
Phone 202.797.6105 (Media) or 202-797-6200 (President’s Office)
Email: wantholis@brookings.edu, communications@brookings.edu, stalbott@brookings.edu

TIME Magazine
Phone: 1-866-550-6934.
Email: asialetters@timeasia.com, letters@time.com, enquiries@timeasia.com
Web : http://ideas.time.com/submit-a-letter-to-the-editor/

TALKING POINTS:

When you write or make a phone call, make some of the following points, in addition to points from the references below:

1. On the 10th anniversary of Gujarat massacres, your article is projecting its perpetrator as a PM candidate rather than focusing on 10 years of injustice and violence at his hand. It is an insult to the thousands of victims of the Gujarat violence that are still suffering from Modi’s discriminatory policies.

2. Instead of rehabilitating the victims of the Gujarat pogrom, Modi is busy rehabilitating his own blood stained image using public money meant to serve the people. Your article is a contribution to his misguided campaign that comes at the expense of justice and reparation for the Gujarat 2002 victims. 10 years after the violence, a recent survey shows that there are still 16,000 victims from the 2002 violence languishing in squalid refugee camps which do not receive any support from the government.

3. Gujarat under Mr. Modi has one of the highest levels of hunger and malnutrition in India, according to an NCAER study from 2011. The falling human development indices, rampant corruption and multi-million dollar scams, and entrenched discrimination against minorities belie Mr. Modi’s claim of a “Vibrant Gujarat.”

4. The Indian courts are censuring Mr. Modi for contempt of court and assessing the evidence collected by human rights organizations and investigative journalists to determine whether Mr. Modi can be prosecuted for his direct responsibility in the Gujarat massacres of 2002

5. Human rights organizations have repeatedly pointed out that the victims of the Gujarat carnage of 2002 have not only been denied justice, but also basic amenities in the many refugee camps that continue to shelter them

6. The complicity of the state government in allowing the killing of over 2,000 people, brutal sexual violence against 800 women, and the displacement of over 150,000 people has been well documented by human rights organizations and investigative journalists

7. In 2005, the US State Department, in an unprecedented move, placed a ban on Mr. Modi from entering the US on the grounds of egregious religious freedom violations under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998

Followup Action

After writing or making the call, please do the following:

1. Report your feedback to info@iamc.com
2. Pass on this action alert to all your friends

RELATED LINKS:

REFERENCES TO TIME & BROOKINGS ARTICLES

India’s Most Admired and Most Feared Politician: Narendra Modi
http://www.brookings.edu/opinions/2012/0316_modi_antholis.aspx

Why Narendra Modi is India’s Most Loved and Loathed Politician
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2109164,00.html

MODI’S PR FIRM HAS HISTORY OF WORKING FOR DICTATORS

Modi gets PR firm Apco Worldwide to hardsell Vibrant Gujarat
http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/modi-gets-apco-to-hardsell-vibrant-gujarat-2011/373266/

APCO Worldwide: Modi’s image builders have dictators on client list
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/specials/Modis-image-builders-have-dictators-on-client-list/articleshow/2600140.cms

What lies on the other side of US’ praise of Modi
http://www.tehelka.com/story_main50.asp?filename=Ws190911Politics.asp

THE MYTH OF VIBRANT GUJARAT

Marketing a Myth (of Gujarat’s Economic Prosperity) by Lyla Bavadam, Frontline Magazine, May. 07-20, 2011
http://www.frontlineonnet.com/fl2810/stories/20110520281001800.htm

Relative Development of Gujarat and Socio-Economic Differentials By Dr. Abusaleh Shariff
http://www.cjponline.org/GujaratReview070311.pdf

High income, yet high hunger levels in Gujarat
By VIDYA SUBRAHMANIAM, THE HINDU, February 13, 2011
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article1448215.ece

Myth of Vibrant Gujarat
http://www.anhadin.net/IMG/pdf/Myth_of_Vibrant_Gujarat_EDigest.pdf

GUJARAT MASSACRES

A Decade of Shame
http://www.frontlineonnet.com/stories/20120309290400400.htm

Muslims are Gujarat’s new outcastes: Survey – DNA, March 2, 2012
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_muslims-are-gujarats-new-outcastes-survey_1657290

2002 riots not spontaneous: Study
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-02-29/ahmedabad/31110513_1_anti-muslim-bjp-mla-scs

No entry for Modi into US: visa denied – Times of India, March 18, 2005
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2005-03-18/india/27866126_1_business-visa-gujarat-riots-immigration-and-nationality-act

Congressional Resolution H.RES 569: Recognizing the tenth anniversary of the tragic communal violence in Gujarat, India
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.RES.569:

India: A Decade on, Gujarat Justice Incomplete – Human RIghts Watch, Feb 24, 2012
http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/02/24/india-decade-gujarat-justice-incomplete

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Battle between Modi and IPS officers escalates in Gujarat (Aug 17, 2011, Twocircles.net)

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, Twocircles.net)

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 – http://www.iamc.com), 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, Twocircles.net)

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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Court rejects Gulberg victims’ plea to analyse call records of CM, others (Apr 27, 2011, Indian Express)

May 3, 2011

The special trial court for the 2002 Gulberg Society massacre case on Tuesday dismissed a petition by some of the victims and eye-witnesses to direct the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) to get the call details of certain persons, including Chief Minister Narendra Modi, officially analysed. The special trial judge for the case, B [...]

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