How the Many Create One More

The illustrations below demonstrate how officers and representatives of various organizations in the Coalition Against Genocide (CAG) come together and give birth to new organizations to lengthen its roster.

The figure below illustrates that members and officials of Vaishnava Center for Enlightenment (Shrikumar Poddar), Indian National Overseas Congress (George Abraham), Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations of North America (George Abraham), Indian American Muslim Council (Shaheen Khateeb and Mohammad Imran), Coalition Against Communalism (Raju Rajagopal), EKTA (Raju Rajagopal), South Asian Progressive Action Collective (Sapna Gupta) and Building Bridges of Understanding (Sapna Gupta), run and speak for the Non-Resident Indians for a Secular and Democratic India (NRI-SAHI). In essence, NRI-SAHI is nothing more than yet another coalition of the same organizations that make up the CAG.

It is also important to note that the NRI-SAHI website is supported by Coalition Against Communalism/EKTA coordinator Raju Rajagopal.[1]

NRI-SAHI Org Connections

In a similar fashion, the figure below demonstrates that Building Bridges of Understanding Coalition (BB) is another coalition that contains many of the CAG organizations.

In December 2003, CSFH’s (Campaign to Stop Funding Hate) newsletter calls its readers’ attention to a new initiative “…which celebrate[s] pluralism, promote[s] understanding between communities and engender[s] participatory forms of democracy”.[2] CSFH reports the following:

On November 8, 2003, more than 40 people from all over Chicago, representing a variety of organizations, met in Darien, Illinois, to begin the process of ‘building bridges’ among different communities to promote pluralism, secularism, democracy and communal harmony. This meeting was sponsored by six groups active in the Chicago metropolitan area — Coalition for Secular and Democratic India (CSDI), South Asian Progressive Action Collective (SAPAC), South Asia Group for Action and Reflection (SAGAR), Indian Muslim Council-USA (IMC-USA), World Tamil Organization (WTO) and Sikh American Heritage Organization (SAHO) [emphasis added]. The aim of the meeting was to develop a common understanding of shared goals, and to determine (sic!) what efforts should be taken to effectively achieve these ends. By the end of the meeting, a whole host of objectives, action plans and structures were defined — both in India and in North America — including activities on the internet, future meetings and workshops, dialogues to further understanding, rapid mobilization to react to events, and raising awareness. The group has tentatively adopted the name ‘Building Bridges’ [emphasis added], and invites anyone who agrees with the spirit of the meeting to join them in this effort.[3]

Therefore, one begs to question how CAG can list BB as an independent organization on its roster.

Note: Though SAGAR is not officially part of CAG, it works very closely with CAG member organizations such as CSDI and SAPAC.

Building Bridges Org Connections



[1] http://www.ektaonline.org/nrisahi/. The bottom of the website provides the following note: “© 2002- 2005 – Non-Resident Indians for a Secular and Harmonious India (NRI-SAHI), U.S.A. Site hosted by ektaonline.org.” Accessed December 30, 2013

[2] http://stopfundinghate.org/resources/Saff$/Dec2003.htm.  Accessed November 27, 2013

[3] Ibid