Indian Christians Seek Bush’s Intervention

September 23, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Daily Etalaat Kashmir

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent, bipartisan federal agency advising the Administration and Congress, sent a letter last Friday to President Bush, urging him to raise pressing concerns about religious freedom in India during his anticipated September 25 meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Washington, DC.

As Commission Chair Felice D. Gaer notes in the letter, current violence in the eastern Indian state of Orissa represents the second major outbreak of violence against religious communities in that state in the past ten months. "The U.S. government can and should urge the Indian central government to make more vigorous and effective efforts to stem violence against religious minority communities," says Gaer.

The complete text of the letter follows: