In 2011, a powerful and game-changing book was released by two individuals – Rajiv Malhotra of Infinity Foundation and Aravindan Neelakandan, an activist in Tamil Nadu who runs a popular portal www.tamilhindu.com. The book argued that India’s integrity is being undermined by powerful forces that exploit the fissures in the Indian social fabric to push their own agendas. The book, Breaking India: Western Interventions in Dravidian and Dalit Faultlines (2011, Amaryllis), highlights numerous Western institutions, their agents around the world (including in India) and their schemes to foment social and religious discontent in India on the pretext of human rights, secularism, education, etc.
Driven by religious, political and social ideologies, these forces form a powerful nexus that operates in various incarnations to influence policymakers and organizations in large Western nations to intervene in India’s internal matters via sanctions, censures, etc. or to provide funds to NGOs that work under the pretense of highlighting alleged human rights violations or providing humanitarian relief. This nexus exaggerates facts and churns out atrocity literature to advance its diabolical causes.
The identity of “India” can also be extended to the Indian diaspora in countries around the world such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. The diaspora maintains strong cultural, social and religious affiliations with India and Indian institutions, and is active in matters related to India around the world. This includes political activism on behalf of India, establishing branches of religious, social and cultural institutions based in India, or building institutions that derive inspiration from Indian culture. Hence the diasporic community faces off against the same forces described above.
While these forces are often at loggerheads with one another in the West, they form a rather strange alliance on matters related to India and Hindus to advance their own agendas.
First, outdated racial theories about Indians and Hindus from colonial times are used to portray Hinduism as a foreign religion introduced into the subcontinent by violent, light-skinned Aryans. Indian history is thus a history of conquests from the Aryans, Huns and Greeks, to the Turks, Moguls and the British. Indian civilization is then portrayed as a simmering cauldron that was civilized by the Moguls and the British.
Second, the so-called Caste System is peddled as the defining feature of Hinduism. The metaphysical and philosophical systems, ideas and works of Hinduism, (e.g. Yoga, Karma, Reincarnation, Bhagavad Gita, etc.) are deemed as foreign influences of Buddhism, Christianity or Europe and should be looked at suspiciously. Hinduism, as practiced by most Hindus, is reduced to “Brahminical Hinduism” that only breeds extremists who wish to wipe out all minorities from India. Hinduism is thus labelled as an oppressive religion that needs to be abolished and whose people need to be saved; Hinduism is, therefore, the root of all evils in India.
Third, Hindus are deemed as fascist oppressors of minorities, in particular, Christians, Muslims and the Dalits. Riots in India are selectively hyped up as “pre-planned genocides” with the sole purpose of wiping out minorities. Malicious conspiracy theories of a grand Hindu plan to re-convert all non-Hindus or exterminate them are advanced to show that Muslims have always been targeted and persecuted by this “fascist majority”. However, aggressive proselytization practiced by Christian Evangelicals is brushed aside, citing the alleged widescale persecution of Christians in India. Islamic extremism and terrorism are often ignored while strong protests are registered for the alleged human rights violations by the Indian government in places such as the Kashmir Valley and Gujarat. While the titles of South Asians and Indians are used to portray that this nexus cares about all of South Asia or all of India, in reality, the targets of criticism and protest are mostly India and Hindus.
The bigotry practiced by the nexus becomes evident when well-meaning Indians or Hindus in the diaspora point out its blatantly inaccurate statements and its political and extremist connections. When Indians (including certain Muslims and Christians) and Hindus take exception to such portrayals and challenge the existing ivory towers, they are dismissed as “Hindu Nationalists”, “Brahminical extremists” or their agents bent on altering history and suppressing the freedom of minorities.
This website is an investigative analysis of the organizations, groups and individuals in a smaller manifestation of this nexus, known as the Coalition Against Genocide (CAG).
This nexus has attacked several Indian and Hindu organizations and has attempted to eradicate their existence by false propaganda. For example, in 2002, the Forum of Inquilabi Leftists (FOIL) and its affiliates attacked the India Development and Relief Fund, accusing it of “funding hatred in India”. In 2007 and in 2008, FOIL and its affiliates went on a rampage to destroy the US-based youth organization, Hindu Students Council, accusing it of “fascism” and “right-wing extremism”. The attack on the HSC was particularly dangerous since this nexus labored to confuse young Hindus and persuade them to disown the HSC by its half-truths and out-of-context statements. Members of this nexus have also attacked the renowned charity Ekal Vidyalaya by accusing it of funding extremist education and conversion in tribal area. Similarly, in 2005, members of this nexus launched a vicious campaign against an equal representation of Hinduism vis-a-vis other major world religions in sixth grade California textbooks. Lastly, in 2013, the nexus was instrumental in torpedoing attempts by Hindus in Chicago to involve the Council for a Parliament of World Religions (CPWR) to celebrate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
But, perhaps, most famously, the CAG was one of the key forces behind the 2005 decision by the US government to revoke the then Gujarat Chief Minister Modi’s visa, creating bitterness in US-India relations. 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.
The focus of this website is on three primary forces that make up the CAG (along with a few separatist groups) –
- Radical Indian Leftists aligned with the Communist and Maoist parties and movements of India.
- Islamic advocacy groups who view the Hindu majority in India as a perpetual threat to Islam and Muslims.
- Aggressive Christian Evangelicals who view India as an unconquered frontier of heathen idol worshipers.
The website has collected data to illustrate the intentional falsities and irregularities exhibited by this nexus to achieve its goals. It also discusses the religious/political/ideological leanings, interconnections and agendas of the organizations, groups and individuals in this nexus.
Data used for the website, includes, but is not limited to:
- Tax records obtained from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and independent third-party websites such as GuideStar and the Foundation Center.
- Articles of Incorporation, Non-Profit Registrations and other corporate filing documents available through the IRS and commerce departments of various US states (e.g. the State of Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs).
- Websites, Facebook pages, email lists and Groups (e.g. Yahoo! Groups), etc. created and maintained by these organizations, groups and individuals.
- Site Registration lookup services such as WhoIs.Net and Internet archive services such as the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.
- Articles and coverage from ethnic and international media outlets as well as books written by well-known academics and authors.
- Academic writings, articles and blogs written and maintained by these organizations, groups and individuals.