Coalition for a Secular and Democratic India (CSDI)

Another questionable organization, CSDI has no website and no major activities (apart from dutifully signing petitions in the CAG and creating other coalitions like Building Bridges).

Imtiaz Uddin, a nuclear engineer from the Chicago area, is one of the driving forces behind CSDI. In a March 24, 2005 statement released by Shabnam Hashmi of ANHAD, Imtiaz Uddin signs his name as Executive Director of CSDI.[1]

On February 25, 2005, Imtiaz Uddin sent an email inviting people to a lecture by Marxist historian Ram Puniyani, who is well known for his anti-Hindu and anti-India views and is discussed in several places throughout this website. In this email, Mr. Uddin admits “…CSDI [is] an integral constituent of [the] Building Bridges forum in Metropolitan Chicago…”[2]

The deception is again evident in other places – for example Imtiaz Uddin signed as representative of both CSDI and BB in a 2006 Resolution for Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (a gathering of people of Indian origin in India). In this resolution, organizations and individuals in the CAG called upon the Indian government to initiate “…a vigorous dialogue and debate on issues of peace, communal harmony, social justice and the justice system, and to provide better opportunities for interactions between the NRI participants and the NGO/social movements sector working on grass roots development/socioeconomic justice work”.[3]

Apart from the above, it is unclear how many members CSDI has and what activities CSDI conducts independently beyond signing petitions as a member organization of CAG.


[1] See signature number 75 on the ANHAD statement titled, “Text of citizens statement re the Indian Prime minister’s comments in the Rajya Sabha following refusal of US visa to Narendra Modi”, March 24, 2005, Accessed January 17, 2014

[2] See email titled “Fwd: Mark your Calendars for Dr. Puniyani in Chicago on April 4 (Sunday)”, forwarded by Shashi Menon on SAPAC’s list at  Accessed January 16, 2014

[3] See email titled “A Resolution on Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas”, on August 27, 2004, sent by Hari Sharma of SANSAD on the India-Unity Group at  Accessed January 17, 2014 1