CAG – A Tabular Summary

The table below summarizes important information about all the members organizations of the Coalition Against Genocide (CAG) discussed in the report. The table breaks down each organization into the following statuses:

  • Active – An organization is currently active and conducts events independently and not merely lending its name to the CAG. It has some combination of the following features: an active website, blog, Facebook group or email list, active registration status with a government agency, IRS Tax Records, etc.
  • Defunct – An organization used to exist in some “active” capacity described above, but no longer does. It has either been inactive for at least two years – whether online, on the ground or a combination.
  • Paper-based – An organization that merely exist on paper and does not conduct any independent events. Such an organization can be registered to a government agency; however, such registration is done by a single individual or a handful of individuals to merely create the organization and use the name for dubious activities, such as signing petitions, registering protests, etc. In reality, the organization has no other purpose. The organization has no real membership, website, activities (except as described above), no recognition in the general community, etc.
  • Questionable – An organization whose existence is in question for various reasons. For example, an organization is “Questionable” for a combination of the following reasons: it has lost its website domain, its website has been defunct (though it still owns the domain), or it has lost its IRS Tax-Exempt Status. While it had an active website or an email list several years ago, it doesn’t utilize those anymore and has instead converted into an almost “Paper-Based” status.

The tables also mentions affiliations of the organizations. For example, is a CAG organization connected in any shape or form or run by another CAG organization?

Similarly, the table highlights key personalities associated with each organization and those that are mentioned in the report.

Finally, the tables provides information on websites of each of the CAG organizations if they exist today or have existed in the past, as well as some useful notes to highlight further information about each of them.

Some important stats to be observed from the table:

  • 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.
  • 6 Organizations are affiliated with the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC). Here, prominent IAMC members run these organizations.
  • 3 Organizations are run directly by Shrikumar Poddar, the most active Hindu representative of the CAG.
  • 14 Organizations are Defunct.
  • 3 Organizations started by Shrikumar Poddar and partners are purely Paper-based.
  • 7 Organizations are Questionable in their existence.





Key Personalities Referenced



Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia (ASDSA) Active FOIL (Radical Leftist) Abha Sur, Nurul Kabir, M.V. Ramana Extension of FOIL in Boston Area
Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA) Active FOIL (Radical Leftist) Anirvan Chatterje, Anantha Sudhakar, Simmy Makhijani
A new incarnation of the Youth Wings of FOIL
American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin (AFMI) Active Abdul Rahman Nakadar, Kaleem Kawaja, Omar Khalidi Umbrella Organization containing members of AIM and IMRC
Association of Indian Muslims of America (AIM) Active AFMI Abdul Rahman Nakadar, Kaleem Kawaja
Association of South Asian Progressives (ASAP) Defunct FOIL (Radical Leftist) Biju Mathew
Building Bridges of Understanding Coalition (BB) Defunct Multiple Imtiaz Uddin, Sapna Gupta, Rasheed Ahmad, Harinder Lamba, Shashi Menon None A Coalition formed by five CAG organizations – SAPAC, CSDI,  IAMC, WTO and SAHO
Campaign to Stop Funding Hate (CSFH) Defunct FOIL (Radical Leftist) Biju Mathew, Angana Chatterji, Shalini Gera, Vinay Lal, Balmurli Natrajan, Ravi (Ra) Ravishankar, Ashwini Rao, Raja Harish Swamy, Ali Mir, Samip Mallick Project of FOIL; no activity since 2008 except CAG; site hosted by EKTA; registered to FOSA’s address
Center for Study and Research in South Asia (CERAS, Montreal) Questionable FOIL (Radical Leftist); SANSAD Daya Varma, Feroz Mehdi, Intricately linked to FOIL, INSAF and ASDSA; website has no activity since 2001
Coalition against Communalism (CAC) Defunct FOIL (Radical Leftist) See EKTA below See EKTA below
Coalition for a Secular and Democratic India (CSDI) Questionable Imtiaz Uddin None No independent activity except CAG Membership
Dharma Megha Paper-Based Vedanta Socieity of East Lansing Shrikumar Poddar, Mayurika Poddar, KS Sripada Raju, Dan Warmels None Paper-based creations of Shrikumar Poddar and partners
EKTA Defunct FOIL (Radical Leftist) Raju Rajagopal, Shalini Gera, Raj Barot, Sunaina Maira Runs website of several CAG Members such as FOSA, CAC, OY, YSS, NRI-SAHI, CSFH, YSS
Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations of North America (FIACONA) Active FOIL (Radical Leftist) John Prabhudoss (P.D. John), John Dayal, Bernard Malik, Sajan George, George Abraham, Abraham Mammen, Thomas Oommen, Itty Abraham, Wilson Jose, Varghese Chacko,  P.V. Varghese
Forum of Inquilabi Leftists (FOIL) Questionable FOIL (Radical Leftist) Vijay Prashad, Biju Mathew, Angana Chatterji, Raja Harish Swamy, Ravi Ravishankar, Ashwini Rao, Vinay Lal, Balmurli Natrajan, Abha Sur, Rajasekhar Ramakrishnan, Shalini Gera, Sunaina Maira, Girish Agrawal, Sangeeta Kamat, Ali Mir, Raza Mir, Vinod Mubayi, Smita Narula, Junaid Rana
Mothership of Radical Indian Leftist organizations; true organizational existence questionable; websites have not been updated since 2002
Foundation For Pluralism Active Mike Ghouse
Friends Of South Asia (FOSA) Defunct FOIL (Radical Leftist) Angana Chatterji, Akhila Raman, Ramkumar Sridharan, Anirvan Chatterjee, AH Cemendtaur Force behind EKTA, CAC, CSFH, OY, ASATA; interlinked with FOIL
Indian Christian Forum (ICF) Questionable FIACONA (Christian Evangelical) Thomas Oommen, George Abraham, Abraham Mammen, P.V. Varghese, Wilson Jose, Itty Abraham, Varghese Chacko None Seven of the eleven officers of ICF are also officers/board members of FIACONA; website is defunct
Indian Muslim Council-USA (IMC-USA) (now known as Indian American Muslim Council, IAMC) Active Shaik Ubaid, Omar Khalidi, Shaheen Khateeb, Hyder Khan, Syed Azmatullah Quadri
Indian Muslim Educational Foundation of North America (IMEFNA) Active IAMC (IMC-USA); SHRI Khursheed Mallick, Hyder Khan
Indian Muslim Relief and Charities (IMRC) Active AFMI Manzoor Ghori
Indian Progressive Study Group of Los Angeles (IPSG-LA) Defunct Hardial Bains,  Raj Mishra, Rajesh Gopalan,
Supported violent Maoist movements in India; linked to Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist)
International South Asia Forum (INSAF) Defunct FOIL (Radical Leftist); SANSAD; CERAS Biju Mathew, Abha Sur, Daya Varma, Vinod Mubayi, Feroz Mehdi, Shekhar Ramakrishnan, Hari Sharma, Ashwini Rao, Ali Mir, Junaid Rana
Active only as INSAF Bulletin
Manavi (An organization for South Asian women) Active Miabi Chatterji; Anu Gurnani Has been working with FOIL and its affiliates since the 90s; supports political activities of CAG while remaining silent on the rights of Hindu women
Muslim Youth Awareness Alliance (MYAA) Questionable IAMC (IMC-USA), IMRC Quaid Saifee, Mohammed Yousuf and Nazir Ahmed None No independent activity; run by 3 members since 18 years
NRI’s for Secular and Harmonious India (NRI-SAHI) Defunct Vaishnava Center for Enlightenment, IAMC, FIACONA, EKTA, CAC, SAPAC Najma Sultana, Shrikumar Poddar, George Abraham, Raju Rajagopal, John Prabhudoss (P.D. John), Satinath Chaudhary, Shaheen Khateeb, Mohammad Imran, Saeed Patel, Sapna Gupta Coalition started by CAG Members – Vaishnava Center for Enlightenment, IAMC, FIACONA, EKTA, CAC, SAPAC; no real activity except for names in Press Releases; website not updated since 2005
Organizing Youth (OY) Defunct FOIL (Radical Leftist) Ramkumar Sridharan, Jhumpa Bhattacharya Youth Wing of FOIL; sponsored by EKTA and FOSA
Policy Institute For Religion And State (PIFRAS) Active FIACONA (Christian Evangelical) John Prabhudoss (P.D. John), K.P. Verghese,
Sikh American Heritage Organization (SAHO) Questionable Rajinder Singh Mago No independent activities; State registration expired; website defunct since 2006
Sneha (A network for women of South Asian origin) Active Supports political activities of CAG yet remains silent on rights of Hindu women
South Asian Collective (SAC) Defunct FOIL (Radical Leftist) Ravi (Ra) Ravishankar
Defunct since 2006; not active per UIUC Student Registration Office
South Asian Magazine for Action and Reflection (SAMAR) Active FOIL (Radical Leftist) Beena Ahmad, Surabhi Kukke, Ahalya Satkunaratnam, Anantha Sudhakar, Virali Modi-Parekh, Saba Waheed, Angana Chatterji, Vijay Prashad, Linta Varghese, Balmurli Natrajan, Chandan Mathur, Anannya Bhattacharjee, S. Shankar, Purnima Bose, Amitav Kumar, Ved Vatuk, Arvind Rajagopal, Vijay Prashad, Sunaina Maira, Raza Mir, Sujani Reddy, Anandaroop Roy, Junaid Rana, Ashwini Tambe, Rahul De
Editorial Collective has had a historic membership of FOIL Members
South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD, Canada) Active CERAS Hari Sharma, Daya Varma, Chinmoy Banerjee Intricately connected to CERAS
South Asian Progressive Action Collective (SAPAC) Defunct FOIL (Radical Leftist) Sapan Gupta, Aparna Sharma, Shashi Menon No real activity since 2011
Students For Bhopal (SFB) Active Questionable Ryan Bodanyi, Ravi (Ra) Ravishankar Unclear if SFB’s involvement is being forged by CAG
Supporters of Human Rights in India (SHRI) Defunct IAMC (IMC-USA) Hyder Khan No independent activity; dissolved state registration; website defunct since 2008
The Organization of Universal Communal Harmony (TOUCH) Questionable Kaleem Kawaja, Sushila Gidwani-Buschi, Gajanan Deshmukh, D.G. Patel, Prithvi Ratra None No website; non-profit status revoked in 2012
Vaishnava Center for Enlightenment Paper-Based Shrikumar Poddar, Mayurika Poddar, KS Sripada Raju, Devesh Poddar, Teddy Simmons Jr. None Paper-based creations of Shrikumar Poddar and partners
Vedanta Society of East Lansing Paper-Based Shrikumar Poddar, Mayurika Poddar, KS Sripada Raju, Dan Warmels None Paper-based creations of Shrikumar Poddar and partners
Voices for Freedom (VFF) Active
World Tamil Organisation (WTO) Active FetNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Selvan Patchamuthu, V.G. Dev, Thani K. Cheran, Thillai Kumaran, Sundar Kuppusamy, Naanjil Peter, Arumugan Petchimuthu Unofficially, the political lobbying Arm of FetNA
Youth Solidarity Summer (YSS) Defunct FOIL (Radical Leftist) Biju Mathew, Vijay Prashad, Ali Mir (Ali Hussain Mir), Amita Swadhin, Ashwini Rao, Rahul De, Raju Rajan, Raza Mir (Mir Ali Raza), Saba Waheed, Sangeeta Kamat, SP Udayakumar, Sunaina Maira, Miabi Chatterji
Youth Wing of FOIL