Executive Summary

  • Hinduism is a religion of violence. This is the only religion in the world where the killer becomes god.
  • Ramayana calls for the colonization of the people of the subcontinent.
  • Hinduism = Casteism = Racism.
  • The Non-Resident Indians are jingoistic money hungry “patriots” who exploit and oppress other desis in the US.
  • 5,000 Muslims were hacked to death, burnt alive or shot by police in the Gujarat ethnic cleansing and 2,000 women and little girls were raped.
  • Most terror attacks in India are carried out by the “Sangh Parivar”….the Godhra train was also burnt by these “Sanghies”.

The above explosive statements are made and/or endorsed directly by members of the Coalition Against Genocide (CAG), a small part of a powerful nexus of forces working to undermine India and Hinduism.

This website is an investigative analysis of the organizations, groups and individuals in the CAG.  The analysis reveals many disturbing facts and falsities about CAG and its constituents, as seen by some examples in the Key Findings section below (and the statements above).

Background:

CAG was the main force behind the 2005 US decision to deny visa to Mr. Narendra Modi, the current Prime Minister of India. CAG alleged that Mr. Modi had a hand in the 2002 Godhra Riots and the “genocide” of minorities, specifically Muslims, in Gujarat. These allegations were never proven, and in 2014, Mr. Modi was cleared by none other than the Supreme Court of India; since then, he won a landslide, historic victory to become the Prime Minister of the largest democracy in the world.

Similarly, on September 27, 2013, the Council for a Parliament of World Religions (CPWR) withdrew its participation from an event organized by Hindus in Chicago to commemorate Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary. This decision was also heavily influenced by the CAG. Congratulating CPWR on its decision, Raja Harish Swamy, a spokesperson for the CAG, declared:

CAG is a broad alliance of over 40 organizations, representing a diverse cross-section of the religious and political spectrum of the Indian diaspora, including several Hindu organizations. CAG spokespersons speak on behalf of the entire coalition, and not in their individual capacity or on behalf of a subset of constituent organizations. Any attempt to couch the controversy as a Hindu-Muslim issue is a serious mistake.[1]

This website challenges CAG’s claims in the above paragraph utilizing publicly available data gathered over the past eight months (including, but not limited to tax records and state filings, member websites, Facebook pages, email groups, books and articles by scholars and coalition members, ethnic and international media coverage, etc.)

It analyzes the constituent members of the coalition as well as their religious, political and ideological leanings, establishing that some of these organizations have been run by the same individuals for the past 20 to 30 years and that many of these organizations are now defunct or exist mainly on paper.

Secondly, the website and the report which was released in September 2014, demonstrate that many of these organizations, groups and individuals have supported and actively support jihadists and separatists, along with anti-American and anti-Indian activities and agents. Operating under the rubric of South Asia, they disproportionately deprecate India and Hindus as “neo-fascist oppressors” while remaining relatively mild (or even totally silent) in their criticism of Pakistan and Bangladesh as well as the Muslim majority populations of these countries. Whereas they advocate strongly for the Muslim and Sikh victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots and the 1984 Delhi riots respectively, such advocacy is silent for the Hindus who died in these riots along with Hindus in Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan and Bangladesh. As part of such portrayals, they widely produce and propagate atrocity literature with exaggerated statements and half-truths to portray India as a cesspool of problems ripe for international intervention or even balkanization.

And finally, the website demonstrates a severe anti-Hindu prejudice via the words and actions of the coalition members and their supporters.

Key Findings:

  • CAG is deceiving the regulators, media and the general public by inflating or maliciously falsifying the number of organizations in the coalition. The 40 organizations or groups forming the core of the CAG can be summarized as follows:
    1. 17 organizations are affiliated with the Forum of Inquilabi Leftists (FOIL). Either they are directly a part of FOIL or are run by FOIL members.
    2. 6 organizations are affiliated with the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC). Here, prominent IAMC members run these organizations.
    3. 3 Hindu sounding organizations are run directly by Shrikumar Poddar, the most active Hindu representative of the CAG, and are purely Paper-based.
    4. 14 Organizations are Defunct, while 7 Organizations are Questionable in their existence.

Note:  Some of the groups can be a combination of the above. For example, Youth Solidarity Summer (YSS), South Asian Collective (SAC) and Association of South Asian Progressives (ASAP) are all defunct organizations that are part of or affiliated with FOIL.

  • CAG members are engaged in a wide range of anti-American and anti-Indian political activities and causes.
    1. For example, Shaik Ubaid, the founding President of the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC),[2] was also the Secretary General and a longtime member of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)[3] as well as the associate editor of ICNA’s newsletter The Message.[4] ICNA’s official website (icna.org) is registered to Raza Farrukh,[5] whose http://farrukh.net was a mirror website of the Media Division of Jamaat-e-Islami, the Islamist extremist party of Pakistan.[6] ICNA is known for lending support to and deriving inspiration from the Islamist extremist party of Pakistan – the Jamaat-e-Islami[7], who believes in establishing a hard-core Islamic state based on Shariah law and has been known to lend support to the Al Qaeda, Afghan Taliban and Islamist Jihadists.[8]  Furthermore, ICNA’s October 1997 edition of its newsletter, The Message, prominently featured an exclusive interview with Syed Salahuddin Ahmed, the Supreme Commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, a terrorist organization that advocates a violent armed struggle against India in Kashmir. Ahmed is also on India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) Most Wanted list.[9]  Similarly, in the December 1997 edition of The Message, ICNA openly glorified Jibril Abu-Adam (born Lawrence Nicholas Thomas) as a ‘shaheed’ (martyr) in the name of Jihad in Kashmir. Abu-Adam, who trained at terrorist camps in Pakistan, was killed in a skirmish in Kashmir along with other terrorists who had crossed over from Pakistan. The newsletter stated: “It is quite evident that Jibril’s struggles were motivated by devotion to Allah (SWT). Clear signs that the conflict in Kashmir is jihad are numerous.”[10]
    2. Angana Chatterjee, a key member and spokesperson of FOIL, Friends of South Asia (FOIL) as well as the Campaign to Stop Funding Hate (CSFH), is known for her close collaboration with Ghulam Nabi Syed Fai. On Tuesday, July 19, 2011, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the US arrested Fai on charges of being an agent of ISI, the Pakistani spy agency, involved in a “decades-long scheme with one purpose – to hide Pakistan’s involvement behind his efforts to influence the US government’s position on Kashmir.”[11]
    3. Daya Varma, the founder of Center for Study and Research in South Asia (CERAS) as well as the Secretary of International South Asia Forum (INSAF), openly admitted to his admiration for the Naxalite Movement and China’s support for the movement. He declared: “Perhaps because of the Chinese support for Naxalbari armed struggle, I became a Maoist. As a result I got linked to crazy or less crazy Maoists. Even after realizing that many of these outfits were opportunists or reflected juvenile enthusiasm rather than a commitment to revolution [emphasis added], I remained a Maoist.”[12]
    4. Similarly, the Indian Progressive Study Group of Los Angeles (IPSG-LA), a defunct CAG Member, was founded by Hardial Bains, founder and national leader of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) (CPC-ML) and the President of the People’s Front of Canada.[13] In 2005, Raj Mishra and Rajesh Gopalan of AIPSG/IPSG wrote an extensive post on the Charcha blog, marking the 80th anniversary of the Communist movement in India.[14] In it, they seek inspiration from the Communist Ghadar Party of India (CGPI), which is a far-left political party of India (not to be mistaken with the Ghadar Party, formed by Indian Revolutionaries in the US). AIPSG/IPSG is also a supporter of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) and draws its ideological inspiration from that party’s actions, such as the Naxalite movement. The party’s blog features a translation of a piece written on September 4, 1969, by party leader and ideologue Charu Majumdar and deems the party as the party of armed struggle based on Mao Tse-Tung’s and Stalin’s thoughts and works.[15]
    5. According to North Carolina State records, World Tamil Organization (WTO), another coalition member, is registered by Thani K. Cheran[16] and he is the current Treasurer.[17] Cheran was also the President of the Federation of Tamil Sangams of North American (FetNA) in 1993[18] and is also a Life Member of FetNA.[19] On February 4, 2011, India Post carried a scathing article exposing FeTNA’s links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), deemed as a terrorist organization by the governments of the United States and India. On Thani Kumar Cheran, the paper noted: “Earlier, another Fetna leader, Dr. Thani Kumar Cheran of Raleigh, North Carolina, was stopped at Chennai International airport on his arrival from the US and prevented from entering after his visa was revoked on arrival. He was a strong supporter of LTTE and organized many fund raisers to help the militant organization headed by [the] late Velupillai Prabakaran in the 1990s [emphasis added].”[20]
    6. In 2002, John Dayal, a key member of the advisory board of the Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations of North America (FIACONA)[21], along with Joseph D’Souza, considered “a champion of Indian Christians”[22] by FIACONA, supplied atrocity literature to Congressman Edolphus Towns in his testimony to the US Congress. Citing information supplied by AICC, Towns recommended the following: “Given these activities, it is time to strike a blow for freedom by suspending all American aid to India [emphasis added] until it respects all human rights for all people and by supporting an internationally monitored vote on independence for Christian Nagaland, for Punjab, Khalistan, for Kashmir (which it promised in 1948) [emphasis added], and for all the other nations seeking their freedom. These are very moderate measures [emphasis added], Mr. Speaker, but they are measures that can go a long way to help promote real freedom and democracy in South Asia.”[23]  Similarly, in 1998, Towns appealed to the US Congress to declare India a terrorist state, based again on numbers provided by certain “human right groups.”[24]
  • CAG members exhibit a severely anti-Hindu prejudice as demonstrated in several sections of the report.
    1. In July 1997, FOIL’s Biju Mathew and Chris Chekuri interviewed Kanch Ilaiah in the November 1997 edition of its newsletter Ghadar.[25] FOIL prominently highlighted and endorsed the following comments made by Ilaiah in the interview: “Hinduism is a religion of violence. All Hindu gods killed their enemies and became heroic images. This is the only religion in the world where the killer becomes god. Whom did they kill? From Brahma to Krishna, those who were killed were Dalit bahujans. Now these images and the stories and narratives and everything is out there in the civil society. Now, because of this, the consciousness of worshipping the killer or worshipping violence did not give any space for human rights.”[26]
    2. In 1996, Vijay Prashad, the co-founder of FOIL (along with Biju Mathew), speaking on the Hindu festival of Diwali, denounced Lord Rama and the Ramayana by declaring: “The blood which has sanctified this deity makes me wonder if there is any need to remember Diwali through him…the Ramayana argues for the colonization of the peoples of the subcontinent while the Ramcaritmanas argues for the worship of an iconic figure…”  In another instance, Prashad also demotes the Bhagavad Gita by saying that the text is non-Hindu, “composed long after the Mahabharata, written in classical Sanskrit in the Gupta era, interpolated into the long epic much later…a sublime response to the power of Buddhism with concepts such as karma drawn from it.”
    3. Vinay Lal, a key spokesperson for the Campaign to Stop Funding Hate (CSFH)[27] and a longtime member of FOIL,[28] acknowledged that “the Marxists have long subscribed to the view that Gandhi was a ‘romantic’, a hopeless idealist and even hypocrite.”[29] Lal questions Mahatma Gandhi’s company of women and then falls just short of labeling him bi-sexual. He declares: “The vow of brahmacharya did not preclude, as it has for reformers and saints in Indian religious traditions, the company of women; indeed, Gandhi adored their presence and reveled in their touch…[Mirabehn’s] correspondence has a touch of the erotic…She was by no means the only woman with whom Gandhi enjoyed a platonic relationship…Many of his male friendships are equally interesting; for example, he may also have been attracted to Hermann Kallenbach, a wealthy Jewish architect who would become one of Gandhi’s earliest patrons and closest friends.”[30]
    4. Raja Harish Swamy, a key spokesperson of the CAG and a key member of FOIL, staunchly derides Hinduism and equates it with racial discrimination by declaring that “Hindu ‘dharma’ is caste-based; Hinduism is casteism; to be Hindu means to belong to a caste, and not as it is in most religions, to merely subscribe to a set body of beliefs.  Hinduism has no universal religious requirements; therefore it is sufficiently open to interpretation along lines that are outrageously oppressive.”[31]
    5. In 2008, Satinath Choudhary, one of the National Co-Coordinators for NRI’s for Secular and Harmonious India (NRI-SAHI) made unsubstantiated and bizarre views about terror attacks in India. On November 4, 2008, Choudhary, in response to Khalid Azam of IAMC (and a coordinator for CAG), declared: “Ever since the Gujrat (sic) carnage my position has been that most of the terrorist acts in India are likely to have been done by the Sangh Parivar [emphasis added], as they happen to derive maximum political mileage out those acts. I firmly believe that the Godhra train was burnt by the Sanghies, and most of the other acts of terror were perpetrated by them [emphasis added].”[32]

 

[1] See CAG’s Press release titled “CAG welcomes CPWR’s reaffirmation of its dissociation with ‘World Without Borders’ event”, September 27, 2013, http://www.coalitionagainstgenocide.org/press/cag.pr.27sep2013.php.  Accessed January 30, 2014

[2] The “Confirmed Speakers” list in the following brochure of IAMC’s first convention lists Ubaid as the “Founding President of IAMC and IMANNET: http://iamc.com/files/2003convention_flier.pdf.  Accessed January 3, 2014

[3] See the following New Article in the Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/new-moon-begins-islam-holy-month-article-1.766434 . Accessed January 3, 2014

[4] See Interview of Shaik Ubaid in October 1995 Edition of The Message archived at the following link: http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/misc/689.pdf. Accessed January 4, 2014

[5] http://pir.org/domains/org-domain/?domain=icna&submitted=results&random=6rt5l8us4pmqwxm8b9z781yp97jo7533nnxyliig&password=wbwrph#domain_form.  Accessed January 4, 2014.  In addition, a Wayback Machine Archive search of ICNA’s old website also mentions Farrukh Raza as in charge of the web development team – https://web.archive.org/web/19990221161632/http://www.icna.com/team.html.  Accessed January 4, 2014

[6] See the screenshots #5 and #6 retrieved by Americans Against Hate.org at http://www.americansagainsthate.org/HamasDonorICNA.htm. Accessed January 3, 2014

[7] ICNA considers Jamaat one of the Great Movements of the past century, according to the following snapshot of ICNA’s January 2000 Editorial The Message, declaring: “The movement of Jama’at-e-Islami ranks among the foremost movements for Islamic revival in the contemporary world.”  Accessed January 3, 2014

[8] “Jamaat e Islami – The Mother of Al Qaeda Terrorist Network”, November 22, 2013, http://jafrianews.com/2013/11/22/jamat-e-islami-the-mother-of-al-qaeda-terrorist-network/.  Accessed September 25, 2014  Similarly, the following news story provides information that Jamaat-e-Islami provided support to six Al-Qaeda operatives in Pakistan: “Startling revelations: Nine al Qaeda Suspects Arrested”, September 11, 2013, http://tribune.com.pk/story/602715/startling-revelations-nine-al-qaeda-suspects-arrested/.  Accessed September 25, 2014

[9] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NIA_Most_Wanted. Accessed January 3, 2014

[10] Ama F. Shabazz, “Action Speak Louder Than Words”, The Message, December 1997, p. 32, pages archived at http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/misc/348.pdf. Accessed January 3, 2014

[11] Charlie Savage and Eric Schmitt, “Pakistan’s Military Plotted to Tilt U.S. Policy, F.B.I. Says”, July 19, 2011, The New York Times, online edition, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/20/us/politics/20agent.html. Accessed January 9, 2014

[12] Bose, ibid

[13] Ibid

[14] Raj Mishra and Rajesh Gopalan, “Eighty Years of Communism in India”, December 25, 2005, Charcha, http://aipsg.blogspot.com/2005/12/eighty-years-of-communism-in-india.html. Accessed January 18, 2014

[15] “Fight Against The Concrete Manifestations of Revisionism”, February 16, 2013, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), http://cpindiaml.wordpress.com/tag/naxalbari/. Accessed January 19, 2014

[16] See the State Filing at http://www.secretary.state.nc.us/corporations/Corp.aspx?PitemId=4805707.  Accessed January 13, 2014

[17] http://worldthamil.org/committee. Accessed January 13, 2014

[18] A list of Past Presidents is available at http://www.fetna.org/index.php/2011-12-22-02-18-20/2011-12-22-02-23-38.  Accessed January 13, 2014

[19] http://www.fetna.org/index.php/membership/life-members. Accessed January 13, 2014

[20] “Indian govt revokes visa of ‘pro-LTTE’ leader”.  February 4, 2011, India Post, http://www.indiapost.com/indian-govt-revokes-visa-of-pro-ltte-leader/.  Accessed January 13, 2014

[21] http://www.fiacona.org/information.php?page=executive. Accessed January 7, 2014

[22] See FIACONA’s “Presidentorial” by President Abraham Mammen, on Saturday, February 4, 2012, at http://www.fiacona.org/information.php?page=special_focus. Accessed January 21, 2014

[23] Towns, ibid

[24] Edolphous Towns, “INDIA SHOULD BE DECLARED A TERRORIST STATE — [FROM THE NEWS INDIA-TIMES, AUG. 14, 1998]”, October 6, 1998, Federation of American Scientists, https://www.fas.org/irp/congress/1998_cr/h981006-india.htm. Accessed January 7, 2014

[25] Vakulabaranam et al, Ibid

[26] Vakulabaranam et al Ibid

[27] Ashfaque Swapan, “IDRF Supporters Dispute Charges, Critics Unimpressed”, India West, January 10, 2003, available at http://stopfundinghate.org/resources/news/011003IndiaWest.htm.  Accessed December 31, 2013

[28] Vinay Lal, “The Cultural Politics of Indian Nuclearism”, http://www.proxsa.org/politics/nonuke/vlal.html.  Accessed December 31, 2013

[29] Vinay Lal, “The Sexuality of a Celibate Life”, May 5, 2011, http://vinaylal.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/the-sexuality-of-a-celibate-life/, Accessed December 31, 2013

[30] Ibid

[31] Raja Swamy, “White, Zionist, and Hindu Racism: The Durban Question”, September 3, 2001, Media Monitors Network, http://www.mediamonitors.net/rajaharishswamy1.html.  Accessed January 29, 2014

[32] See Message # 28564 in the India-Unity Yahoo Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/india-unity/conversations/messages/28564. Accessed January 19, 2014