Indian Muslim Council-USA (IMC-USA – http://www.imc-usa.org), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguard India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos applauds the Hindu Samaj Mandir for not allowing Sadhvi Ritambhara’s speeches at the Temple’s Mahwah, New Jersey facilities, perviously scheduled from September 2, through September 6, 2010.
“I am truly heartened to hear the Hindu Samaj Mandir’s decision for not allowing Sadhvi Ritambhara to speak at their facility” said Rasheed Ahmed, president of IMC-USA.
“I firmly believe that the overwhelming majority of peace-loving Hindus reject Ritambhara’s politics of hate. By not providing a platform to this hate monger, the Hindu Samaj Mandir has not only upheld the name of over a billion peace loving Hindus worldwide, but has also distanced themselves from a person responsible for inciting murderous mobs and advocating genocide” continued Ahmed.
Rasheed Ahmed pointed out that Indian Americans need to be more vigilant and disassociate with practitioners of politics of hate of any background and deny them our community space and resources to create dissention and disharmony in our communities here and in India.
On August 18, 2010 the Indian Muslim Council-USA and NRI’s for Secular and Harmonious India (NRI-SAHI) sent a formal letter to the management of Hindu Samaj Mandir, educating them about Sadhvi Ritambhara’s politics of hate and requested them to cancel the event scheduled by the organizers at their Temple.
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Indian Muslim Council-USA is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with 10 chapters across the nation. IMC-USA is a Washington, D.C. registered non-profit 501(C)(3) tax-exempt organization established in August 2002 with a mission to promote peace, pluralism and social justice through strategic advocacy.
1. Full profile of Sadhvi Ritambhara and her US/Canada/UK Schedule
2. IMC-USA Press Release Aug 11, 2010: Community leaders urged to dissociate from Sadhvi Ritambhara’s hate-mongering
3. IMC-USA Press Release Jun 23, 2007: IMC-USA commends the City of Hollywood, Florida for officially dissociating from Sadhvi Ritambhara Event