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|INDIAN MUSLIM COUNCIL-USA
Coalition against Genocide Launched
New York, 20 February, 2005: Indian Muslim
Council - USA, a founding member of the Coalition Against Genocide (CAG)
will keep you apprised of the Campaign Against Genocide through updates
and action alerts. We are sharing with you the following press release
from the Coalition Against Genocide.
For questions/comments, please contact:
Indian Muslim Council-USA
(516) 567 0783
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2005
Dr. Ashwini K. Rao
COALITION AGAINST GENOCIDE LAUNCHED
Demands Revocation of Invitation to Indian Politician Accused of Gujarat
The Asian American Hotel Owner Association's (AAHOA) has created a storm
in US by inviting a militant, anti-minority Indian politician to its
annual convention. AAHOA will be honoring Narendra Modi, the Chief
executive of the Indian state of Gujarat who is accused of sharing
responsibility in the massacres, sexual mutilations and rapes of Muslims
and persecution of Christians, indigenous tribes and moderate Hindus.
Narendra Modi has been indicted by various Indian and International human
rights organizations for his role in the pogroms directed at the Muslim
community in Gujarat in 2002. He was criticized by the Supreme Court of
India as a modern day Nero for his actions during the 2002 massacres and
has two cases lodged against him in the State of Gujarat.
The AAHOA's membership predominantly consists of immigrants from Modi's
home state. Its decision to honor Modi in its convention and trade fair on
March 24 - 26 has been controversial in the organization itself. AAHOA's
decision to invite Modi raises the speculation that Indian American
Professional Organizations are being infiltrated by sectarian
ultra-nationalists and have become conduits for their fundraising and
political support in US.
In response to these disturbing developments, a wide spectrum of
organizations based in US have come together to form a coalition -
Coalition Against Genocide (CAG). The member organizations in CAG have
diverse backgrounds including community-based groups, developmental
groups, human rights groups and academic experts that have been
coordinating their efforts against the spread of religious hatred in
India. CAG asserts that its stand is a just and moral stand and is in the
best interest of the US society, the Indian Diaspora and India.
CAG will adopt a multi pronged strategy to expose and marginalize the
extremists and will work towards safeguarding the pluralist ethos of India
and the economic well being of the Indian Diaspora in US.
The Coalition has demanded that AAHOA rescind its invitation to Narendra
Modi. CAG has brought to attention the fact that Modi's party has been
glorifying Hitler and his genocidal policies in the state run schools.
Modi is in close alliance with and promotes the extreme right-wing
Hindutva movement that is supremacist and anti-minority and whose members
were responsible for the assassination of Gandhi. This movement was formed
on the model of Mussolini's Fascist party in the 1920s and has been
glorifying Hitler since the 1930s.
CAG is hopeful that AAHOA members will take these facts into account and
force its Board to rescind the invitation given to Mr. Modi.
Copy of CAG's letter to AAHOA:
February 19, 2005
The President and Board
Asian American Hotel Owners Association
66 Lenox Pointe N.E, Atlanta Georgia 30324.
We represent a coalition of national and local organizations in the U.S.
and are writing to express our moral outrage at your invitation to
Narendra Modi to speak at your convention in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on
March 24-26, 2005.
As you must know, Mr.Modi has been indicted by all reputable Indian and
International human rights organizations for his role in the ethnic
cleansing and pogroms against the Muslim community in Gujarat, India in
2002, in addition to having two cases lodged against him in the state of
In the state-sponsored pogrom in Gujarat, thousands of people were killed
and made refugees, hundreds of women and young girls were brutally raped
and tortured, religious places of worship were defiled and destroyed, and
property loss and damage ran to millions of dollars. These heinous crimes
were not only committed under Gujarat Chief Minister Modi's watch, but
also condoned by him. The Supreme Court of India has rebuked the State
Government of Gujarat for its faulty and discriminatory handling of more
than 2000 cases that were never even properly investigated let alone
tried. The Gujarat State government under Mr. Modi continues to
discriminate against Muslim and Christian minorities to this day.
By honoring Mr. Modi at the AAHOA Meeting, you dishonor the victims of the
Gujarat pogrom, and insult the moral dignity of all Indians and world
citizens. Your decision to invite Mr. Modi brings shame to the
Indian-American community, which takes pride in upholding secular
Apart from the fact that your decision to invite Mr. Modi is morally
repugnant, it is also economically unwise as it will negatively influence
the patronage of AAHOA member hotels by a vast majority of peace loving
(Indian and non-Indian alike) residents of the US.
We are perturbed that a service-based industry such as the hotel industry
would put its reputation and financial well-being on the line by endorsing
a man like Mr. Modi who is being tried for his complicity in crimes
against humanity in India.
We demand that you rescind your invitation to Mr. Modi so as to repair the
damage done by your association. If the invitation is not rescinded by 5PM
Monday, February 21st we will be forced to launch a public campaign on
Mr. George Abraham, Dr. Angana Chatterjee, Ms. Sapna Gupta, Dr. Ashwini
Rao, Dr. Shaik Ubaid
On behalf of Coalition Against Genocide
Coalition Against Genocide, 8480 Baltimore National Pike
#286,Ellicott City, MD 21043
INDIAN MUSLIM COUNCIL - USA
Tel: (++1) (516) 567-0783 firstname.lastname@example.org
265 Sunrise Highway 1-355, Rockville Centre, NY 11570, USA
Email: email@example.com ; http://www.imc-usa.org q
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