Take ActionOn December 7, 2020, Newsweekpublished an article by known Islamophobe Sam Westrop, whose employer, the Middle East Forum is run by infamous anti-Muslim provocateur Daniel Pipes. MEF was called out by the Southern Poverty Law Center as having "spent the better part of three decades vilifying Muslims." Among many baseless allegations that are part of the article, Westrop has included a baseless allegation against the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), an established advocacy organization of Indian Muslims as being "an anti-Hindu Islamist group with alleged

To The Editor Newsweek Subject: Baseless allegations against IAMC and other Muslim American organizations Dear Sir, This bears reference to an online piece headlined “COVID Relief Funds Went to Violent Extremists” published on your website on December 7, 2020 at 6:30 AM EST (https://www.newsweek.com/covid-relief-funds-went-violent-extremists-opinion-1552485). This piece makes defamatory and patently false claims against several reputed and respectable Muslim American organizations including the Indian American Muslim Council. Specifically the piece refers to IAMC as “an anti-Hindu Islamist group with alleged ties to SIMI, a banned terrorist organization in India.” IAMC is not

After Bank Seeks Details of Foreign Donations, Farmers' Union Accuses Govt of 'Intimidation' Photo: HW English The foreign exchange department under the Punjab & Sind Bank has sought details of foreign donations made to the general secretary of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan, who has been agitating against the government's farm laws for over four months now. BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan) is one of the largest farm unions agitating against the government, with more than one lakh people gathered at the Tikri border under its

In his book, Mahatma Gandhi: The Last Phase, Gandhi's last secretary, Pyarelal, writes that the partition of India in 1947 and the horrific violence that accompanied it "provided a fruitful soil for Hindu chauvinism. Its most serious manifestation was infiltration of the Hindu middle class and even the Government services by the R.S.S. [Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh]…. Pyarelal then outlined for his readers what this organization of Hindu chauvinists stood for, and what its aims were. Thus he wrote: "The R.S.S. was a communalist, para-military,

As 2020 nears its end, the urge to look back at the year as an annus horribilis is palpable…. while the newsweekly Open, for instance, stated the obvious in running its 2020 year-ender issue with a cover story grimacing the annus horribilis, the chroniclers of India's recent past would argue that the year would have to contend with other claimants for this egregious mark in national memory…. To an extent, the same can be said about the present scourge of Covid…. the pandemic inflicted

Eight months after 11 state governments filed 205 FIRs against 2,765 foreign nationals for allegedly violating visa terms and intentionally disregarding Covid-19 guidelines, not one member of the Tablighi Jamaat, a back-to-roots Islamic movement, has been convicted by any court. Instead, at least 1,086 members of the Jamaat have been exonerated in some way by eight local and high court judgements, according to our review of media reports of such judgements. The terms the judges used include: a "virtual persecution"; "made scapegoats by a

The decision by at least five Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-governed States to enact a law making religious conversion for marriage, or "love jehad" in their world view, illegal is a frontal attack on one of the most fundamental rights: the right to marry a person of one's choice.  …. The "love jehad" lobby assumes that women clearly lack agency, autonomy and the right to select their partner or religion. Even though the law runs counter to the constitutional guarantees and rights upheld by the Supreme

Narendra Modi is no stranger to protests. Since his reelection last year, the Indian prime minister's policies, including his decision to revoke the constitutional autonomy of Kashmir, India's sole Muslim-majority state, and last year's contentious move to establish a religious test for people from neighboring countries seeking citizenship that excludes Muslims, have triggered a number of mass demonstrations. In both instances, Modi was largely able to overcome the unrest with the help of heavy-handed crackdowns and nationalist appeals. Those opposed to the stripping of

Last December, hundreds of thousands of people in cities across India joined in protest against the recently passed Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)…. The size of the protests caught Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government by surprise. Like the ongoing protests led by Sikh farmers against new agricultural laws, the anti-CAA movement was characterized by the ruling party as "anti-national."  But while the Modi government is now negotiating with the farmers to end their blockade of Delhi's borders, the anti-CAA movement was never accorded any political