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.
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.
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.
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), was also the Secretary General and a longtime member of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) as well as the associate editor of ICNA’s newsletter The Message. ICNA’s official website (icna.org) is registered to Raza Farrukh, whose http://farrukh.net was a mirror website of the Media Division of Jamaat-e-Islami, the Islamist extremist party of Pakistan. ICNA is known for lending support to and deriving inspiration from the Islamist extremist party of Pakistan – the Jamaat-e-Islami, 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. 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. 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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. 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.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.
- According to North Carolina State records, World Tamil Organization (WTO), another coalition member, is registered by Thani K. Cheran and he is the current Treasurer. Cheran was also the President of the Federation of Tamil Sangams of North American (FetNA) in 1993 and is also a Life Member of FetNA. 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].
- In 2002, John Dayal, a key member of the advisory board of the Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations of North America (FIACONA), along with Joseph D’Souza, considered “a champion of Indian Christians” 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.
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.”
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. 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.
- Vinay Lal, a key spokesperson for the Campaign to Stop Funding Hate (CSFH) and a longtime member of FOIL, acknowledged that “the Marxists have long subscribed to the view that Gandhi was a ‘romantic’, a hopeless idealist and even hypocrite.” 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.
- 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].
 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
 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
 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
 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
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
 See the screenshots #5 and #6 retrieved by Americans Against Hate.org at http://www.americansagainsthate.org/HamasDonorICNA.htm. Accessed January 3, 2014
 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
 “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
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NIA_Most_Wanted. Accessed January 3, 2014
 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
 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
 Bose, ibid
 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
 “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
 See the State Filing at http://www.secretary.state.nc.us/corporations/Corp.aspx?PitemId=4805707. Accessed January 13, 2014
 http://worldthamil.org/committee. Accessed January 13, 2014
 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
 http://www.fetna.org/index.php/membership/life-members. Accessed January 13, 2014
 “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
 http://www.fiacona.org/information.php?page=executive. Accessed January 7, 2014
 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
 Towns, ibid
 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
 Vakulabaranam et al, Ibid
 Vakulabaranam et al Ibid
 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
 Vinay Lal, “The Cultural Politics of Indian Nuclearism”, http://www.proxsa.org/politics/nonuke/vlal.html. Accessed December 31, 2013
 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
 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