April 29, 2003
Harsh Mander, one of India’s best-known champions of social justice and communal harmony, is set to tour the US in May on a campaign to further educate people on the developmental work being done by the NGOs and on the rise of Hindutva-fascism in India. A top ranking Indian bureaucrat, Mr. Mander left the prestigious Indian Administrative Service in protest after the pogrom of 2002 when thousands of Muslims were killed, raped and displaced in the Indian state of Gujarat.
Mr. Mander is widely acclaimed in India and abroad for his tireless efforts to stem the tide of Hindutva, an ideology that parallels fascism, in India. His first hand knowledge of the spread of Hindutva ideology makes him an excellent source for scholars who study India, as well as for those concerned with the rise of religious extremism.
Mr. Mander is the Director of Action Aid – India and is considered an authority on developmental work in less privileged societies.
Indian Muslim Council-USA, in conjunction with other organizations, is one of the co-sponsors of Mr. Mander’s tour. Dr. Shaik Ubaid, the president of IMC-USA, calling Mander, “The conscience of India”, said that his organizations is honored to be a co-sponsor.
According to Bhashwati Sengupta, organizer of Mr. Mander’s visit, Mr. Mander’s speaking engagements in the US are as follows:
Los Angeles: May 2 and 3
San Jose: May 4
San Francisco: May 5
Seattle: May 6
Dallas: May 7
Dartmouth, NH: May 8
Boston: May 9
New York City: May 10
Chicago: May 11
Detroit: May 13
Minneapolis-St.Paul: May 14
Washington DC: May 16
Long Island, NY: May 17
For more information on venues, timings and local contact persons, please contact:
Bhashwati Sengupta at email@example.com or
IMC-USA at (516) 567-0783 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Indian Muslim Council-USA
265 Sunrise Highway
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
1717 K Street NW Suite 600 Washington D.C., 20036
Tel: (202) 349-3967