Hindu Groups Launch Campaign Against Alleged "Hinduphobic" Agenda in U.S.

March 23, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS


On March 23, 2005 Religion News Service reported, "Hindus angered by recent initiatives in Congress are protesting what they see as an effort to 'systematically promote a Hinduphobic and anti-India agenda within the United States.' The Hindu American Foundation said Monday (March 21) it will launch a campaign to educate the nation's 2 million Hindus about risks posed by 'a small minority ... in the House of Representatives, Islamist groups and radical communist groups.' In particular, the group is objecting to two initiatives targeting a Hindu-led province in India that has experienced religious violence. On March 15, Reps. Joseph Pitts, R-Pa., and John Conyers, D-Mich., introduced a resolution condemning the conduct of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi 'for condoning or inciting bigotry and intolerance against any religious group in India, including people of the Christian and Islamic faiths.' Three days later, the U.S. State Department revoked Modi's visa on the eve of a visit to the United States, labeling him a foreign official 'believed to have responsibility for serious violations of religious freedom.'"