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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 – www.iamc.com), 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.
Indian-American Muslim Council (formerly Indian Muslim Council-USA) is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with 15 chapters across the nation.
For more information please visit www.iamc.com
CONTACT (IAMC): 
Indian American Muslim Council
Ishaq Syed
phone/fax: 1-800-839-7270
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Rationalizing Ethnic Cleansing In Assam

by iamcadmin on November 8, 2014

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The Indian State of Assam has witnessed mass violence against minorities, particularly Muslims several times in the last few decades. The area known as Bodo Territorial Administered Districts (BTAD), as well as surrounding areas in western Assam is inhabited by Muslims as well as Bodo tribals. Ethnic rivalry between these two communities has been the primary cause of mass violence against the Muslim citizens of Assam, resulting in hundreds of deaths and the displacement of over half a million inhabitants of the state.
The right to life and security, a fundamental human right guaranteed by the Indian Constitution, has been denied to countless people of Assam, due to the failure of the state polity and law enforcement to protect the Muslim citizens of the state. In many instances, the complicity of the Relief measures have been remarkably insufficient to deal with the magnitude of the humanitarian crisis, and devoid of the need to protect the dignity of the victims.
This report covers the wider context behind the violence in Assam and the motives behind the persecution of the state’s Muslim population. It also explores the mechanisms of such persecution, including the false characterization of Muslims in western Assam as “illegal immigrants” from Bangladesh. Such mischaracterization has been disseminated systematically in order to whip up sectarian tensions, often times with the complicity of sections the media.

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US Congressional Hearing highlights plight of minorities in India

April 7, 2014

Broad range of experts call for inclusion of human rights and religious freedom in the US-India Strategic Dialogue. April 4th 2014: Coalition Against Genocide (CAG – http://coalitionagainstgenocide.org/), a broad alliance dedicated to justice and accountability for the Gujarat pogroms of 2002, today welcomed the congressional hearing on the subject of minorities and religious freedom in […]

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International Human Rights Day a time for renewed resolve to uplift humanity say Indian Americans

December 10, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Indian American Muslim Council ( http://www.iamc.com) an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has called on people of all faiths to come together on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, to renew their commitment to the UN Declaration of Human Rights [1] and […]

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Atlanta Annual fundraising dinner

November 20, 2012

You are cordially invited with your family at the Annual fundraising dinner of Indian American Muslim Council – Atlanta Chapter on Saturday, December 8th 2012. We will present the progress of our current projects and opportunities to serve the Indian Muslims. When: 6:30 PM, Saturday December 8th 2012. Where: ZYKA RESTAURANT, Decatur, GA. RSVP : […]

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IAMC President Shaheen Khateeb Republic Day Message.

January 25, 2012

Assalam Alaikum. Peace be upon you. It gives me immense pleasure to extend my warmest greetings to you on the occasion of the 63rd Republic Day of India. For over 6 decades, India has been a democratic Republic. As Indian Americans, we are truly proud of this accomplishment. While our freedom struggle continues to inspire […]

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