New Report – A House of Cards: Coalition Against Genocide and the Politics of Deception

Over the last four years since I started this small website and blog, I have learnt a a great deal about the activities, strategies and motivations of the nexus of anti-Hindu and anti-India elements. The Indian American community has sparsely challenged or analyzed such elements and nexuses and has always been on the receiving end of the attacks.

Therefore, on the occasion of Mr. Narendra Modi’s Prime Ministerial visit to the US and as a humble tribute to the people of India, I am happy to release an
Investigative Report on the Coalition Against Genocide (CAG).  The 
report – A House of Cards: Coalition Against Genocide and the Politics of Deception as well as the website http://www.ahouseofcards.net is an effort to research each of the
constituent members of the coalition as well as their religious, political
and ideological leanings.

It is important to note that members of the CAG have formed a new group called the Alliance for Justice and Accountability (AJA), sponsored by South Asia Solidarity Initiative (SASI), which is in turn sponsored by the SINGH (Secular India’s National Growth and Harmony) Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Forum of Inquilabi Leftists (FOIL).  I talked about SINGH a few years ago here.   In addition, the AJA contains members of the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) such as Shaik Ubaid (the founding President of IAMC and the founding member of the CAG) and Khalid Azam  Finally, SASI and therefore AJA itself is run by prominent FOIL co-founder Biju Mathew and FOIL leaders such as Rupal Oza, Prachi Patankar and others.

AJA is the key group protesting outside Narendra Modi’s speech at the Madison Square Garden in New York on September 28, 2014.

I trust that this report would be beneficial to public policy makers, elected officials, regulators, community leaders, media and the general public, and implore the Indian, Indian American and the American Hindu communities to take appropriate action in order to address the falsities and prejudice highlighted through the report.


Executive Summary:

In 2005, Mr. Narendra Modi, then the Chief Minister of Gujarat, was denied visa to enter the United States on grounds of intense lobbying by a group of individuals and organizations known as the Coalition Against Genocide – “CAG”. 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, won a landslide, historic victory to become the Prime Minister of the largest democracy in the world.

Similarly, on September 27, 2013, the Council for a Parliament of World Religions (CPWR) withdrew its participation from an event organized by Hindus in Chicago to commemorate Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary. This decision was also heavily influenced by the CAG. Congratulating CPWR on its decision, Raja Harish Swamy, a spokesperson for the CAG, declared:

CAG is a broad alliance of over 40 organizations, representing a diverse cross-section of the religious and political spectrum of the Indian diaspora, including several Hindu organizations. CAG spokespersons speak on behalf of the entire coalition, and not in their individual capacity or on behalf of a subset of constituent organizations. Any attempt to couch the controversy as a Hindu-Muslim issue is a serious mistake.[1]

This report is an investigative analysis of the CAG and challenges the coalition’s claim in the above paragraph, utilizing publicly available data gathered over the past eight months (including, but not limited to tax records and state filings, member websites, Facebook pages, email groups, books and articles by scholars and coalition members, ethnic and international media coverage, etc.). It analyzes the constituent members of the coalition as well as their religious, political and ideological leanings, establishing that some of these organizations have been run by the same individuals for the past 20 to 30 years and that many of these organizations are now defunct or exist mainly on paper.

Secondly, the report demonstrates that many of these organizations, groups and individuals have supported and actively support jihadists and separatists, along with anti-American and anti-Indian activities and agents.  Operating under the rubric of South Asia, they disproportionately deprecate India and Hindus as “neo-fascist oppressors” while remaining relatively mild (or even totally silent) in their criticism of Pakistan and Bangladesh as well as the Muslim majority populations of these countries. Whereas they advocate strongly for the Muslim and Sikh victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots and the 1984 Delhi riots respectively, such advocacy is silent for the Hindus who died in these riots along with Hindus in Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan and Bangladesh.  As part of such portrayals, they widely produce and propagate atrocity literature with exaggerated statements and half-truths to portray India as a cesspool of problems ripe for international intervention or even balkanization.

And finally, the report demonstrates a severe anti-Hindu prejudice via the words and actions of the coalition members and their supporters.

Key Findings:

First, CAG is deceiving the regulators, media and the general public by inflating or maliciously falsifying the number of organizations in the coalition. The 40 organizations or groups forming the core of the CAG can be summarized as follows:

  • 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 Hindu sounding organizations are run directly by Shrikumar Poddar, the most active Hindu representative of the CAG, and are purely Paper-based.
  • 14 Organizations are Defunct, while 7 Organizations are Questionable in their existence.

Note:  Some of the groups can be a combination of the above. For example, Youth Solidarity Summer (YSS), South Asian Collective (SAC) and Association of South Asian Progressives (ASAP) are all defunct organizations that are part of or affiliated with FOIL.

Second, CAG members are engaged in a wide range of anti-American and anti-Indian political activities and causes.

  • For example, Shaik Ubaid, the founding President of the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC),[2] was also the Secretary General and a longtime member of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)[3] as well as the associate editor of ICNA’s newsletter The Message.[4] ICNA’s official website (icna.org) is registered to Raza Farrukh,[5] whose http://farrukh.net was a mirror website of the Media Division of Jamaat-e-Islami, the Islamist extremist party of Pakistan.[6] ICNA is known for lending support to and deriving inspiration from the Islamist extremist party of Pakistan – the Jamaat-e-Islami[7], who believes in establishing a hard-core Islamic state based on Shariah law and has been known to lend support to the Al Qaeda, Afghan Taliban and Islamist Jihadists.[8]  Furthermore, ICNA’s October 1997 edition of its newsletter, The Message, prominently featured an exclusive interview with Syed Salahuddin Ahmed, the Supreme Commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, a terrorist organization that advocates a violent armed struggle against India in Kashmir. Ahmed is also on India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) Most Wanted list.[9]  Similarly, in the December 1997 edition of The Message, ICNA openly glorified Jibril Abu-Adam (born Lawrence Nicholas Thomas) as a ‘shaheed’ (martyr) in the name of Jihad in Kashmir. Abu-Adam, who trained at terrorist camps in Pakistan, was killed in a skirmish in Kashmir along with other terrorists who had crossed over from Pakistan. The newsletter stated: “It is quite evident that Jibril’s struggles were motivated by devotion to Allah (SWT). Clear signs that the conflict in Kashmir is jihad are numerous.”[10]
  • Angana Chatterjee, a key member and spokesperson of FOIL, Friends of South Asia (FOIL) as well as the Campaign to Stop Funding Hate (CSFH), is known for her close collaboration with Ghulam Nabi Syed Fai. On Tuesday, July 19, 2011, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the US arrested Fai on charges of being an agent of ISI, the Pakistani spy agency, involved in a “decades-long scheme with one purpose – to hide Pakistan’s involvement behind his efforts to influence the US government’s position on Kashmir.”[11]
  • Daya Varma, the founder of Center for Study and Research in South Asia (CERAS) as well as the Secretary of International South Asia Forum (INSAF), openly admitted to his admiration for the Naxalite Movement and China’s support for the movement. He declared:

Perhaps because of the Chinese support for Naxalbari armed struggle, I became a Maoist. As a result I got linked to crazy or less crazy Maoists. Even after realizing that many of these outfits were opportunists or reflected juvenile enthusiasm rather than a commitment to revolution [emphasis added], I remained a Maoist.”[12]

  • Similarly, the Indian Progressive Study Group of Los Angeles (IPSG-LA), a defunct CAG Member, was founded by Hardial Bains, founder and national leader of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) (CPC-ML) and the President of the People’s Front of Canada.[13] In 2005, Raj Mishra and Rajesh Gopalan of AIPSG/IPSG wrote an extensive post on the Charcha blog, marking the 80th anniversary of the Communist movement in India.[14]In it, they seek inspiration from the Communist Ghadar Party of India (CGPI), which is a far-left political party of India (not to be mistaken with the Ghadar Party, formed by Indian Revolutionaries in the US). AIPSG/IPSG is also a supporter of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) and draws its ideological inspiration from that party’s actions, such as the Naxalite movement. The party’s blog features a translation of a piece written on September 4, 1969, by party leader and ideologue Charu Majumdar and deems the party as the party of armed struggle based on Mao Tse-Tung’s and Stalin’s thoughts and works.[15]
  • According to North Carolina State records, World Tamil Organization (WTO), another coalition member, is registered by Thani K. Cheran[16] and he is the current Treasurer.[17] Cheran was also the President of the Federation of Tamil Sangams of North American (FetNA) in 1993[18] and is also a Life Member of FetNA.[19] On February 4, 2011, India Post carried a scathing article exposing FeTNA’s links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), deemed as a terrorist organization by the governments of the United States and India. On Thani Kumar Cheran, the paper noted:

Earlier, another Fetna leader, Dr. Thani Kumar Cheran of Raleigh, North Carolina, was stopped at Chennai International airport on his arrival from the US and prevented from entering after his visa was revoked on arrival. He was a strong supporter of LTTE and organized many fund raisers to help the militant organization headed by [the] late Velupillai Prabakaran in the 1990s [emphasis added].[20]

  • In 2002, John Dayal, a key member of the advisory board of the Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations of North America (FIACONA)[21], along with Joseph D’Souza, considered “a champion of Indian Christians”[22] by FIACONA, supplied atrocity literature to Congressman Edolphus Towns in his testimony to the US Congress. Citing information supplied by AICC, Towns recommended the following:

Given these activities, it is time to strike a blow for freedom by suspending all American aid to India [emphasis added] until it respects all human rights for all people and by supporting an internationally monitored vote on independence for Christian Nagaland, for Punjab, Khalistan, for Kashmir (which it promised in 1948) [emphasis added], and for all the other nations seeking their freedom. These are very moderate measures [emphasis added], Mr. Speaker, but they are measures that can go a long way to help promote real freedom and democracy in South Asia.[23]

Similarly, in 1998, Towns appealed to the US Congress to declare India a terrorist state, based again on numbers provided by certain “human right groups.”[24]

Third, CAG members exhibit a severely anti-Hindu prejudice as demonstrated in several sections of the report.

  • In July 1997, FOIL’s Biju Mathew and Chris Chekuri interviewed Kanch Ilaiah in the November 1997 edition of its newsletter Ghadar.[25] FOIL prominently highlighted and endorsed the following comments made by Ilaiah in the interview:

Hinduism is a religion of violence. All Hindu gods killed their enemies and became heroic images. This is the only religion in the world where the killer becomes god. Whom did they kill? From Brahma to Krishna, those who were killed were Dalit bahujans. Now these images and the stories and narratives and everything is out there in the civil society. Now, because of this, the consciousness of worshipping the killer or worshipping violence did not give any space for human rights.[26]

  • Vinay Lal, a key spokesperson for the Campaign to Stop Funding Hate (CSFH)[27] and a longtime member of FOIL,[28] acknowledged that “the Marxists have long subscribed to the view that Gandhi was a ‘romantic’, a hopeless idealist and even hypocrite.”[29] Lal questions Mahatma Gandhi’s company of women and then falls just short of labeling him a homosexual. He declares:

The vow of brahmacharya did not preclude, as it has for reformers and saints in Indian religious traditions, the company of women; indeed, Gandhi adored their presence and reveled in their touch…[Mirabehn’s] correspondence has a touch of the erotic…She was by no means the only woman with whom Gandhi enjoyed a platonic relationship…Many of his male friendships are equally interesting; for example, he may also have been attracted to Hermann Kallenbach, a wealthy Jewish architect who would become one of Gandhi’s earliest patrons and closest friends.[30]

  • In 2008, Satinath Choudhary, one of the National Co-Coordinators for NRI’s for Secular and Harmonious India (NRI-SAHI) made unsubstantiated and bizarre views about terror attacks in India. On November 4, 2008, Choudhary, in response to Khalid Azam of IAMC (and a coordinator for CAG), declared:

Ever since the Gujrat (sic) carnage my position has been that most of the terrorist acts in India are likely to have been done by the Sangh Parivar [emphasis added], as they happen to derive maximum political mileage out those acts. I firmly believe that the Godhra train was burnt by the Sanghies, and most of the other acts of terror were perpetrated by them [emphasis added].[31]

[1] See CAG’s Press release titled “CAG welcomes CPWR’s reaffirmation of its dissociation with ‘World Without Borders’ event”, September 27, 2013, http://www.coalitionagainstgenocide.org/press/cag.pr.27sep2013.php.  Accessed January 30, 2014

[2] The “Confirmed Speakers” list in the following brochure of IAMC’s first convention lists Ubaid as the “Founding President of IAMC and IMANNET: http://iamc.com/files/2003convention_flier.pdf.  Accessed January 3, 2014

[3] See the following New Article in the Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/new-moon-begins-islam-holy-month-article-1.766434 . Accessed January 3, 2014

[4] See Interview of Shaik Ubaid in October 1995 Edition of The Message archived at the following link: http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/misc/689.pdf. Accessed January 4, 2014

[5] http://pir.org/domains/org-domain/?domain=icna&submitted=results&random=6rt5l8us4pmqwxm8b9z781yp97jo7533nnxyliig&password=wbwrph#domain_form.  Accessed January 4, 2014

In addition, a Wayback Machine Archive search of ICNA’s old website also mentions Farrukh Raza as in charge of the web development team – https://web.archive.org/web/19990221161632/http://www.icna.com/team.html.  Accessed January 4, 2014

[6] See the screenshots #5 and #6 retrieved by Americans Against Hate.org at http://www.americansagainsthate.org/HamasDonorICNA.htm. Accessed January 3, 2014

[7] ICNA considers Jamaat one of the Great Movements of the past century, according to the following snapshot of ICNA’s January 2000 Editorial The Message, declaring: “The movement of Jama’at-e-Islami ranks among the foremost movements for Islamic revival in the contemporary world.”  Accessed January 3, 2014

[8] “Jamaat e Islami – The Mother of Al Qaeda Terrorist Network”, November 22, 2013, http://jafrianews.com/2013/11/22/jamat-e-islami-the-mother-of-al-qaeda-terrorist-network/.  Accessed September 25, 2014

[9] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NIA_Most_Wanted. Accessed January 3, 2014

[10] Ama F. Shabazz, “Action Speak Louder Than Words”, The Message, December 1997, p. 32, pages archived at http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/misc/348.pdf. Accessed January 3, 2014

[11] Charlie Savage and Eric Schmitt, “Pakistan’s Military Plotted to Tilt U.S. Policy, F.B.I. Says”, July 19, 2011, The New York Times, online edition, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/20/us/politics/20agent.html. Accessed January 9, 2014

[12] Bose, ibid

[13] Ibid

[14] Raj Mishra and Rajesh Gopalan, “Eighty Years of Communism in India”, December 25, 2005, Charcha, http://aipsg.blogspot.com/2005/12/eighty-years-of-communism-in-india.html. Accessed January 18, 2014

[15] “Fight Against The Concrete Manifestations of Revisionism”, February 16, 2013, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), http://cpindiaml.wordpress.com/tag/naxalbari/. Accessed January 19, 2014

[16] See the State Filing at http://www.secretary.state.nc.us/corporations/Corp.aspx?PitemId=4805707.  Accessed January 13, 2014

[17] http://worldthamil.org/committee. Accessed January 13, 2014

[18] A list of Past Presidents is available at http://www.fetna.org/index.php/2011-12-22-02-18-20/2011-12-22-02-23-38.  Accessed January 13, 2014

[19] http://www.fetna.org/index.php/membership/life-members. Accessed January 13, 2014

[20] “Indian govt revokes visa of ‘pro-LTTE’ leader”.  February 4, 2011, India Post, http://www.indiapost.com/indian-govt-revokes-visa-of-pro-ltte-leader/.  Accessed January 13, 2014

[21] http://www.fiacona.org/information.php?page=executive. Accessed January 7, 2014

[22] See FIACONA’s “Presidentorial” by President Abraham Mammen, on Saturday, February 4, 2012, at http://www.fiacona.org/information.php?page=special_focus. Accessed January 21, 2014

[23] Towns, ibid

[24] Edolphous Towns, “INDIA SHOULD BE DECLARED A TERRORIST STATE — [FROM THE NEWS INDIA-TIMES, AUG. 14, 1998]”, October 6, 1998, Federation of American Scientists, https://www.fas.org/irp/congress/1998_cr/h981006-india.htm. Accessed January 7, 2014

[25] Vakulabaranam et al, Ibid

[26] Vakulabaranam et al Ibid

[27] Ashfaque Swapan, “IDRF Supporters Dispute Charges, Critics Unimpressed”, India West, January 10, 2003, available at http://stopfundinghate.org/resources/news/011003IndiaWest.htm.  Accessed December 31, 2013

[28] Vinay Lal, “The Cultural Politics of Indian Nuclearism”, http://www.proxsa.org/politics/nonuke/vlal.html.  Accessed December 31, 2013

[29] Vinay Lal, “The Sexuality of a Celibate Life”, May 5, 2011, http://vinaylal.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/the-sexuality-of-a-celibate-life/, Accessed December 31, 2013

[30] Ibid

[31] See Message # 28564 in the India-Unity Yahoo Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/india-unity/conversations/messages/28564. Accessed January 19, 2014

Pheku.in – Liars with a Known Anti-Hindu/Anti-India Agenda

A few months ago, some well meaning community members and friends introduced me to a  website called Media Crooks, dedicated to exposing the vicious and intentional lies spewed by many in the Indian Media.  Ravinar, the website’s author, has done a painstakingly excellent job in spotlighting blatantly false reports purported by the likes of Rajdeep Sardesai, Sagarika Ghose, Nidhi Razdan and many others for popular Media Outlets such as CNN-IBN, NDTV, Times of India, The Hindu, etc.  This has quickly become one of my “go to” websites along with Sandeep’s Rediscovery of India for important research on anti-India and anti-Hindu forces.

So I was on Rediff last week to get a daily dose of some of my Indian news happenings when I spotted a short news article advertising a website called Pheku.in that supposedly exposes “lies” by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.  In Hindi, the word “Pheku” means someone who makes lofty statements, or lies, or a combination of the two.  The website maintains that Narendra Modi is lying about all the development in Gujarat and is therefore unfit to be the next Prime Minister of India.  Well, in a free country and free world, everyone has the right to comment about politicians and about issues that deal with corruption, development, etc.

However, the disturbing thing about this website is that it is the work of no ordinary person or “Aam Aadmi” of India but a creation of some of the most anti-India and anti-Hindu personalities out there!  The information below sheds light on the players behind this website, their agenda/ideological leanings, their current and prior stances and activities, etc.

Heck, it is not even registered in India but in Austin, Texas, to Raja Swamy of FOIL and CSFH!  Below is a snapshot of the website registration derived from WhoIs:

pheku site registration info

So, why do Shabnam Hashmi and the whole gang of so-called “social activists”, with all their crores of funding, not have the courage to host a site in India?  Why does the site need to be in the USA?  It is yet another clear example how such NGOs receive funding and support from outside of India in order to meddle into Indian politics and affairs to “Break India” as Rajiv Malhotra’s book “Breaking India” discusses.

Pheku.in’s Agenda – Bring Down Narendra Modi by Hook or by Crook:

The gang has been at this endeavor since 2002 – bring down Narendra Modi by hook or by crook.  In their hatefilled agenda, they have resorted to the lowest levels of lies, deceits and half-truths in spite of the fact that several Court Decisions, Special Investigation Team findings, etc. have concluded that Narendra Modi did not have a hand in the 2002 Gujarat Riots.

The link here (thanks  to http://teesta-setalvad-evidence.blogspot.in/) shows a handwritten note regarding Teesta Setalvad by the Muslim members of Gulbarg Co-operative Housing Society Limited to the Commissioner of Police, Ahmedabad, requesting prohibition of NGOs and outsiders entering their society.  Though Teesta Setalvad is not officially affiliated with Pheku.in (yet), it is important to note that Shabnam Hashmi, Harsh Mander and Teesta Setalvad continue to work together to take down Narendra Modi.

But, this crew will not sit until the truth bends their way and somehow, the “evidence” that they peddle becomes the truth.  And, this gang never advocates as loudly for the hundreds of Hindus that also died in Godhra and the subsequent riots as it does for the Muslims.  Nor have they ever advocated for the rights for the hundreds of thousands of Kashmiri Pandits that were victims of mass ethnic cleansing and riots.

As Narendra Modi’s popularity continues to increase in India, the gang has now concocted another scheme through Pheku.in.

Pheku.in’s Supporters and Sponsors:

In the “About Us” section of the website, one can find a list of Pheku.in’s backers.  For the sake of convenience, I have produced the list of the cast (as of August 25th, 2013) below:

Amit Sengupta, journalist, Delhi
Arma Ansari, Film Maker, UP
Anjum Rajabali, script writer, Mumbai
Anuradha Chenoy, professor, JNU, Delhi
Apoorvanand, Prof, DU, Delhi
Ashok Vajpaye, poet, Delhi
Avni Sethi, Designer, dancer, Ahmadabad
Azam Khan, entrepreneur, Hyderabad
Biju Mathew, Hyderabad
Cedric Prakash
Dev Desai, social activist, Ahmadabad
Ganesh Devi, Bhasha, Baroda
Gauri Lankesh, Lankesh Patrike, Bangalore
Gautam Thakkar
Harsh Mandar, writer, activist, Delhi
Harvardhan Hegde, Surgeon, Delhi
Indu Kumar Jani, writer, Ahmadabad
Irfan Engineer, social activist, Mumbai
Kalpana Kannabiran, Hyderabad
Kamal Chenoy, Prof JNU, Delhi
Kavita Krishnan,
Kedar Misra, journalist, writer, Bhubaneswar
KM Shrimali, historian, Delhi
KN Panikkar, historian, Trivandram
Lawrence Surendra, Bangalore
Mahesh Bhatt, filmmaker, Mumbai
Mahesh Pandya
Mallika Sarabhai, artist, Ahmadabad
Manan Trivedi, social activist, Ahmadabad
Manisha Trivedi, Social Activist, Ahmadabad
Mansi Sharma, Activist, Ahmadabad
Nandini Sundar
Naseeruddin Shah, actor, Mumbai
Neena Vyas
Noorjahan Diwan, Social activist, Ahmadabad
Parvateesha, Lankesh Patrike, Bangalore
Prakash Shah, journalist, Ahmadabad
Purnima Joshi, journalist, Delhi
Rahul Roy, filmmaker, Delhi
Ram Puniyani, writer, Mumbai
Ram Rahman, designer, photographer, Delhi
Seema Mustafa, journalist, Delhi
Shabnam Hashmi, activist, Delhi
Sukumar Muralidharan, journalist, Delhi
Tanzil Rahman, Delhi
Vani Subramanian, activist, Delhi
Vivan Sundaram, artist, Delhi
Yadavan Chandran, artist, Darpana Academy
Zaheeruddin Ali Khan, Hyderabad
Zakia Soman, BMMA, Gujarat
Zulekha Jabin, Chattisgarh

While some of the names are relatively unknown, many of the usual Hindu baiters and Leftists/Communists along with some high profile personalities have openly endorsed and sponsored this new endeavor.

manufacturing lies to accomplish the Mission:

To prove its point, Media Crooks exposed the intentional lies expounded by Pheku.in, Shabnam Hashmi and the crew.  This is a clear example of how the group works – lie in anyway possible; manufacture or blow up “evidence” to support the lies.

Pheku.in featured two pictures to supposedly “expose” the development work done by Narendra Modi in Gujarat.  For convenience, I have reproduced these pictures thanks to Media Crooks:

Phek site lie 1Phek site lie 2

The above pictures show that the images being used to portray Gujarat are actually from New Delhi and Chennai!

When questioned about these pictures, Hashmi issued an interesting apology, blaming it on her “technical team” because they were not able to find high resolution pictures of developmental problems in Gujarat.

ShabnamH-Apology

Pheku.in’s attempt to paint Narendra Modi as a “Muslim hater” is laden with selective information and deliberate rhetoric.  On August 20th, a Pheku.in article lashes out at Modi by giving one statistic of how the Gujarat Government returned Rs 3 Crore of funds provided by the Central Government for scholarships to minority students.  By parading this one statistic and the rest just rhetoric, Pheku.in’s writers conclude that Modi is communal!

Here is a great analysis by Madhu Kishwar, the founder of Manushi, a popular women’s rights magazine, that provides interviews and statistics about Narendra Modi’s engagement with the Muslim community after the Godhra riots.  In it, Kishwar, who was initially infected with the anti-Modi “virus”, discusses how she changed her mind about Narendra Modi.  She has interviewed many prominent Muslims, including Zafar Sareshwala (who once filed a case against Narendra Modi in the International Court of Justic), Najma Heptullah (the grand-niece of Freedom Fighter Maulana Abul Kalam Azad) and others to come to her conclusion about Narendra Modi.

Zafar Sareshwala, in his interview with Kishwar, remarked the following upon meeting Modi in London: “Maulana Isa Mansuri was very tough on Modi, but Modi treated him with great respect because the Maulana is a great scholar. Modi kept listening.”  Similarly, when Sareshwala asked Narendra Modi whether he considered 60 Lakh Muslims as part of 5 Crore Gujaratis, he replied: “Of course you are mine. Among the 5 crore Gujratis you are included. When I bring Narmada water into Sabarmati River, do I stop it flowing through Muslim settlement of Juhapura? Who are the biggest beneficiaries of Sabarmati waters near Nehru Bridge?”  In yet another instance, when Kishwar asked whether Sareshwala recorded any video of his conversations with Narendra Modi, he said: “We didn’t record anything because we did not think that the meeting would last two and a half hours, we thought we would only get five minutes. Normally a chief minister or prime minister does not talk to a common man at such length, they only ask them to submit a petition and leave. We spoke with him for two and a half hours, every small detail was discussed.”

Najma Heputallah had this to say about Narendra Modi: “At the height of riots, I got a phone call from the Aga Khan’s office that a colony of Khoja Muslims in the midst of Hindu areas, feared attacks. She phoned Advani who was then the Home Minister in Vajpayee’s NDA government. Advani in turn talked to Modi. Within minutes, Narendra Modi called me and said: ‘Najma ben, please don’t worry. I will personally oversee this and ensure their safety.'”

And Mahesh Bhatt, who is a supporter of Pheku.in, had the following to say about Narendra Modi after the latter offered to meet Bhatt and as many Muslims as Bhatt can bring: “There was a kind of sincerity when the Chief Minister said this, don’t ask me why I say so. The heart listens to a voice and knows that it is a sincere voice, even though it comes from a person who you have taken on in public. I said, thank you for saying that.”

Kishwar shares the following stats she gathered from various media outlets as well as the Special Investigation Team appointed by the Supreme Court of India:

  • 5000 people were saved from Noorani mosque by Ahmedabad Police
  • 240 persons were saved at Sardarpura in Mehsana district and shifted to safe places
  • 450 lives were saved in Pore and Nardipur villages and shifted to safer places
  • 200 persons were saved in Sanjoli village
  • 1500 persons were rescued from Fatehpura village in Vadodra district
  • 3000 people were saved and shifted from Kawant village

One could go and on with such testimonials.  But, it is sufficient enough to expose the sinister and vicious agenda of Hashmi, Pheku.in and the entire gang.

On a somewhat unrelated note, it is interesting that Biju Mathew (you can read about him here), a known Hindu baiter and one of the founders of FOIL, CSFH and other Leftist/Communist groups, signs his name from Hyderabad.  Mathew is an associate professor at Ryder University in New Jersey and not in Hyderabad.  He may be born there, but he has been living in the USA for a very long time.  Is he attempting to somehow mislead people that the individuals associated with this website are all from India and therefore have some “genuine” concern for their country’s political happenings?

Receiving Christian Missionary Funding:

Shabnam Hashmi, Harsh Mander, KN Pannikar and Ram Puniyani – All four are Trustees of ANHAD (Act Now for harmony and Democracy), an NGO that purports all sorts of lies and half truths about the 2002 Gujarat Riots as well as as other “social activism” issues.  Interestingly, ANHAD  receives funds from Christian Aid, Oxfam India and many other Christian Organizations who are notorious for conversion activities in India under the guise of “social development” and who have spewed substantial venom against Hinduism and Hindus.  According to an April 2013 article by Japan Pathak of Desh Gujarat, ANHAD received foreign donation of Rs 1,65,25,433. Christian Aid donated around Rs 84 lakh in 2010 alone!

Similarly, Harsh Mander’s Centre for Equity Studies (CES) receives substantial sum of cash from organizations such as DAN Church Aid (established by the Danish National Evangelical Lutheran Church), the Partnership Foundation of Netherlands, Association for India’s Development (AID) (I have written about AID’s dubious activities and positions here), etc.  The Partnership Foundation is a development organization started by Dutch businessmen to provide education and shelter to little girls who have been stranded on streets so that they can get a chance for a better life ahead.  In yet another example of foreign Christian Funding into India, since 2007, the Partnership Foundation has provided funds to Loreta Day Schools in Kolkata.  According to Loreta’s website, “This School is a Catholic Institution under the  management of the Sisters of the Institute of The Blessed Virgin  Mary (Loreto Sisters), which was founded by Mary Ward in the 17th  century…”.

Supporting and Pleading for Terrorists:

Members of this group have a history of sympathizing and pleading for terrorists and jihadists.  There is never such a “sincere” plea for Hindus in any of their writings, even though they parade themselves as “community activists” or “social activists”.  Not one of them has ever waged a serious campaign for the Kashmiri Pandits, the Godhra Train victims and other Hindus that have been subject to extreme cruelty, rape, conversion or other horrors.

In September 2001, Ram Puniyani wrote an article on FOIL’s website on the reasons behind the terrorist attack on the United States.  He essentially sympathizes with the terrorists and concludes that America had it coming.  He praises Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and agrees with his views that “American establishment itself has given encouragement and even sponsored terrorist groups in different countries at different times.”  Interestingly, Puniyani can only find one praiseworthy voice of restraint among all the people and leaders of the world – the Communist dictator Castro.

In the same article above, Puniyani considers the terrorists, Taliban and Al Qaeda as “disadvantaged groups” and opines that “[surely] the present dastardly act of terrorists is a sad reminder that even disadvantaged groups, who are nowhere equal to the might of the most powerful nation can occasionally puncture the high handedness of bullies.”  Thus, according to Puniyani, the attacks of 9-11 are really out of desperation and retaliation against the ‘bully’ United States and have nothing to do with fundamentalist views of Islam.

Similarly, Harsh Mander, Raja Swamy, Shalini Gera (of FOSA, FOIL and CSFH, and a close associate of Biju Mathew, Raja Swamy and Angana Chatterji) and a whole host of them sent a petition (hosted on SACW’s website; SACW is an affiliate of FOIL) in 2007 asking President Abdul Kalam of grant immediate clemency to Afzal Guru, one the people convicted of the 2001 Attack on the Indian Parliament.

Even more disturbing – Harsh Mander and Anuradha Chenoy from the list above along with a 201 others signed a petition (full list available here) floated by Ajmal Kasab’s lawyer Yug Mohit Chaudhary to President of India Pranab Mukherjee(Ajmal Kasab was a Pakistani Terrorist that killed scores of people in the 2008 Mumbai Attack).  The petition argued “….keeping Kasab in jail for the rest of his life and treating him like a human being allows for the possibility of him regaining his humanity, repenting his crime and atoning for the harm he has caused…”.  Similarly, it stated: “In the land of Buddha, Mahavira and Gandhiji, let it not be said that there is no place left in our hearts for mercy or that the national conscience can only be satisfied by the killing of Kasab”.  It is appalling and saddening that these people and groups argue with such fervor and lofty philosophical points for a terrorist that was parading around the town killing people ruthlessly and enjoying doing so!  The fact that all of India (save these 203 people and a handful of other sympathizers) was shocked and angered by such blatant attacks and was rightfully seeking to teach a lesson doesn’t matter to these individuals.

Sandhya Jain, in an article here, exposes yet another side of Harsh Mander.  Mander is a member of the Working Group of Justice Foundation Kashmir Centre of UK, according to the Foundation’s website.  This Foundation, (which was determined as one of three “Kashmir Centers” that are linked to the Pakistani ISI during Ghulam Nabi Fai’s arrest – full FBI Affidavit with shocking details is available here), works to pressure British Government’s policies towards India on Kashmir and publishes information that is heavily biased against India while remaining silent on the Pakistani side of Kashmir.  The “attrocity literature” highlighted on the Foundation’s website is entirely against India.  Furthermore, there is no mention about the attrocities against the hundreds of thousands of Kashmiri Pandits.

It is also imporant to note that Ghulam Nabi Fai, who was sentenced for two years in prison by the United States for being a Pakistani ISI spy, was also a prominent officer of the Justice Foundation Kashmir Centre according to World Kashmir Awareness Forum’s website.  You can also see Fai sharing a photo with Pakistani PM at a Kashmir Conference on this website.  Similarly, according to an August 2011 article in the newspaper The Hindu, the Foundation ‘helped to fund a trip to Kashmir by Lord Ahmed, a Labour peer; Andrew Griffiths, a Conservative MP; and Simon Danczuk, a Labour MP’.

We see Shalini Gera of FOSA, FOIL and CSFH again showing up on this list to passionately plea for Ajmal Kasab, along with Harsh Kapoor (of SACW, an affiliate of FOIL and Teesta Setalvad) and Colin Gonsalves (of the Magazine, Combat Law, and sympatizer of Naxalite violence).

Pheku.in has dedicated a page to terrorist Ishrat Jahan, who was gunned down in a police encounter.  The page looks like an amateur’s writing and just lists a bunch of rhetoric without citing any reports, evidence, etc.  It then concludes with the following words: “Ishrat is my hero. I have an image of her – her gentle face determined – at the moment of her death.”  The Ishrat Jahan case has been an example of true political motives of the Congress government, which has released the CBI against the country’s Intelligence Bureau, thereby jeopardizing the sanctity of the country’s national security setup.  It is as if a US political party in power releases the FBI against the CIA for mainly political moves.

To make its point on Ishrat Jahan case, Pheku.in (along with many media outlets) conveniently ignores the following piece of news, where the IB Chief, Asif Ibrahim, in a true patriotic manner, speaks out against Congress’ agenda.  “Vehemently opposing the CBI move to chargesheet Kumar Ibrahim has communicated to the office of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as well as Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde that CIB has enough evidence to prove that Jahan was a part of a Lashkar-e-Toiba ISI module [emphasis mine] out to kill Narendra Modi and LK Advani and that even David Coleman Headley, an accused in the Mumbai bomb blast case, had pointed this out to the FBI in US during his interrogation.”  The IB Chief’s statement above should itself have the weight to quiet any doubts and let the country’s intelligence framework do its work!  However, until the likes of Hashmi, Mander, Mathew, Puniyani and all the supporters of Pheku.in have it their way, they will continue to peddle theories, half-truths and many other manufactured “evidences”.

In conclusion, Pheku.in is yet another dubious attempt by the anti-India and anti-Hindu nexus and their supporters to malign Hindus and India domestically and internationally.  They don’t care about the human rights and sentiments of Hindus but polarize the country by their vitrolic attacks on the majority community in India.  Their biggest agenda is take down a popular Chief Minister (and a surging Prime Ministerial Candidate) that has been democratically elected again and again since 2002.

Introduction

  • Do you think Hinduism is spiritual fascism?
  • Do you think that the Ramayana is a book of colonizers?
  • Do you agree that the lives of Hindu deities are filled with all kinds of outrageous, deceitful and incestuous acts?
  • Do you think that Hinduism is a religion of violence where the killers have become Gods?
  • Do you think NRIs (non-Resident Indians) are slaves of corporate America that are motivated by issues of exploitation and oppression of “desis” and others in the US?
  • Do you agree that the Patel community of Gujarat sponsored or played a major role in the 2002 riots in Gujarat that killed many Muslims and Hindus?

The Forum of Inqualabi Leftists (FOIL) and its affiliates subscribe to the above views on Hinduism, India and the Hindu diaspora.  FOIL, an organization with deep Communist connections, is a part of a nexus of Indian Communist/Christian Missionary/Islamist organizations that work in tandem to demonize Hinduism and India.  According to them Hinduism has nothing good to offer and Indian society is nothing more than a mishmash of conflicting identities that should not exist together.  All problems of India are due to Hinduism.  Hence, a dire need exists for the West, led by the US, UK and other countries, to intervene in India’s internal matters and ‘emancipate’ the disadvantaged groups.

This site is dedicated to  exposing the malicious intentions of this nexus and has blossomed as a result of the report Forum of Intentional Liars: The Indian Communist/Christian Missionary/Islamist Nexus and Its Anti‐Hindu/Anti‐India Agenda, which was released on July 31, 2011.  You can download the full report in PDF here.

In the report, I illustrate the agenda of such groups as well as the key individuals, organizations and groups that are a part of this nexus.  In what is an extremely disturbing find, organizations such as Asha for Education and Association for India’s Development (AID) are also a part of this nexus and subscribe to a Communist/Marxist ideology.  Under the name of education and development, these organizations work with groups and individuals with known criminal records as well as history of violence (e.g. Naxalites of India).

Similarly, the FBI arrested Ghulam Nabi Fai of the Kashmiri American Council (KAC) on July 19, 2011 for being an agent of the Pakistani spy agency the ISI and for influencing US foreign policy on Kashmir against India (the eye-opening FBI Affidavit is available here).  KAC worked with FOIL and its affiliates like Friends of South Asia (FOSA) and Angana Chatterji  to routinely demonize Hindus, India and its government under “human rights abuses” while completely ignoring the plights of Kashmiri Pandits or the role of Pakistan in Kashmir.

Furthermore, I illustrate that this nexus is busy shaping the worldview on Hinduism and India.  And, it is not a pretty worldview.  Therefore, I urge you to please read the report and share it with all Hindu community members and organizations that you know.

I also welcome any feedback.  Thank you for taking the time to read this and share your thoughts.