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Indian Americans celebrate Independence Day

by newsdigest on August 15, 2011

Monday August 15, 2011

The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – http://www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, congratulates the nation on its 65th Independence Day.

65th Independence Day

Source http://pib.nic.in : The Dignitaries coming out from the Red Fort after the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh addressed the Nation on the occasion of 65th Independence Day, in Delhi on August 15, 2011.

IAMC recalls the momentous day of August 15, 1947, when India awakened to a new dawn of freedom from over 200 years of colonial rule. Jawaharlal Nehru’s memorable address to the nation expounded a vision of India that was free from poverty, ignorance and disease; of a prosperous, democratic and progressive nation, where social, economic and political institutions would ensure justice and fullness of life to every man and woman regardless of their faith. This vision, as well as his exhortation to build a mansion of free India where all her children could dwell in peace, continues to be as urgent and relevant today as it was on that fateful day 64 years ago.

“Our country has certainly made significant progress on several fronts, and rightfully commands respect globally as the world’s largest democracy. However, our work as a nation is incomplete, as long as any segment of society faces bias, injustice or discrimination”, said Shaheen Khateeb, President, IAMC. “The promise of equal opportunity – social, educational and economic – for all Indians, continues to remain an unfulfilled dream of free India”, added Mr. Khateeb.

On this day of celebration, IAMC urges the Indian Government to pay close heed to the needs of the neglected segment of India’s minorities, and to strive for the peaceful and egalitarian society that we looked forward to when India shook off the shackles of British rule 64 years ago.

Indian-American Muslim Council (formerly Indian Muslim Council-USA) is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with 10 chapters across the nation. For more information please visit our new website at: http://www.iamc.com

RELATED LINKS:
Indian American Muslim Council celebrates Republic Day across the United States
http://iamc.com/press-release/indian-american-muslim-council-celebrates-republic-day-across-the-united-states/

IMC-USA Congratulates Indians on 63rd anniversary of Independence
http://iamc.com/press-release/imc-usa-congratulates-indians-on-63rd-anniversary-of-independence/

Indian Americans Mark ninth anniversary of Gujarat pogrom
http://iamc.com/press-release/indian-americans-mark-the-ninth-anniversary-of-gujarat-pogrom/

Indian Americans Call for Justice on eighteenth anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition
http://iamc.com/press-release/indian-american-group-calls-for-speedy-justice-in-babri-masjid-demolition-case-on-18th-anniversary/

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email: info@iamc.com

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Last heard, India had a secular constitution that protected freedom of expression. That slipped the notice of Vishwanath Hegde Kageri, Karnataka’s school education minister, when he declared that those opposed to the teaching of the Gita in schools should quit India. Whether Kageri or the state BJP likes it or not, there is a constitutional issue around religious preaching by state schools. Article 28(1) of the Constitution forbids religious instruction of any kind in educational institutions wholly funded by the state.

That’s why the matter is before the courts now, but Kageri is trying to browbeat opponents by resorting to inflammatory and communally polarising rhetoric. Quite apart from the constitutional impropriety of state schools imparting religious education, anyone has the right to oppose the introduction of any school text at any time, without being asked to leave the country. Can politicians never get beyond their old divisive habits, not even in communally sensitive times such as these?

Kageri’s approach also sums up another common ailment of Indian education ministers. They still do not see their job as expanding the boundaries of education and promoting useful skills that will empower the young, but as prescribing what should be taught, using schools and colleges to disburse patronage, policing the boundaries of Indian culture, and turning education into a tool of political propaganda. That’s why the system continues to churn out vast numbers of unemployable graduates. Education must be freed from political straitjackets if we are to cultivate a skilled workforce and realise our demographic dividend. And the change must come from the top. For starters, Kageri can be asked to quit his ministry.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-07-20/edit-page/29794098_1_schools-education-demographic-dividend

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IMC-USA campaign to mark Victory for Pluralism, Press Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

March 22, 2005

March 23, 2005

The Indian Muslim Council-USA, an advocacy group working towards protecting and promoting minority rights in India and a founding member of the Coalition Against Genocide (CAG), has announced it will hold a Press Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Saturday 26th March at 11:00 AM.

Narendra Modi the Chief Minister of the Indian state of Gujarat was barred from entering USA by the State Department under the International Religious Freedom Act citing severe violations of religious freedom by Modi. During the 2002 pogroms in Gujarat presided over by Modi more than 2000 Muslims were killed and thousands were made homeless. Three years after the violence, no one has been brought to justice.

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Indian Muslim Councl-USA Participates in Pluralism Rally

March 20, 2005

Demands Supporters of Modi to stop fueling Anti-American Hatred

New York, NY; March 21st, 2005: Braving snow and rain, over 300 activists and representatives of 50 organizations held a press conference and rally outside Madison Square Gardens, New York to endorse the US State Department’s revocation of Narendra Modi’s Visa and condemn his anti-American incitements. Having been barred from entering the United States, Modi was expected to deliver a speech from Gujarat via a satellite link to his supporters at the Madison Square Gardens.

The rally and press conference were extensively covered by Indian and American media.

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Dr. Mallika Sarabhai Speaks at Stanford University about Communal Harmony and the Situation in Gujarat

October 9, 2004

Stanford, CA, October 10, 2004

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Indian Muslim Council-USA endorses ‘Promise of India’ campaign for Communal Harmony in India.

October 3, 2003

Oct 4th, 2003. Milpitas, CA. Indian Muslim Council-USA, a Washington based advocacy group working toward safeguarding Indian society’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, announces its endorsement and support for the ‘Promise of India’ campaign.

‘Promise of India’ is a global campaign for communal harmony in India, launched on October 4, 2003 to coincide with the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, at India Community Center (ICC), Milpitas, CA by a coalition of Indian-American non-profit organizations serving the Indian community.

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