Indian-American Muslims Protest against Modi’s Visit

The Association of Indian Muslims of America has protested against the proposed visit of Chief Minister Modi to the US. In a message, the Association has stated: “We, a non-profit, non-political organization of Indian Americans, find it very regrettable that the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, an organization of Indian-American hotel owners in US, has invited Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister of Gujarat state in India, as chief guest to their convention in Ft Lauderdale, FL, on March 24-26, 2005.
“Indian mainstream media, major Indian human rights organizations, and many social service organizations in India have repeatedly stated that in the last six years since Mr. Modi became the Chief Minister of Gujarat, as head of the BJP party in Gujarat state, he has abused the machinery of the state government including police, to unleash a reign of extraordinary hatred, harassment and horrible violence on the religious and ethnic minorities, namely Muslims, Christians and tribal people in Gujarat State. Many churches and mosques have been destroyed and many Muslim and Christian religious leaders have been killed.
“In February-March 2002 Mr. Modi’s government participated in a horrible organized violence that resulted in the death of over 2000 Muslim civilians. Instead of bringing the said marauders to justice, Mr. Modi has abused the government machinery to shield the criminals, and has harassed those government officials and social activists who have tried to help the victims.
“In the name of simple humanity and decency we appeal to all civilized people to demand that the US Government not allow Mr. Modi to visit US. We also request all to approach the US President and the members of US Congress, to request the Government of India to put Mr. Modi on trial, and make him accountable for engineering the large scale violations of human rights of religious and ethnic minorities in the State of Gujarat, India.”

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