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By: Moorthy Muthuswamy PhD
October 25, 2005
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Note to the readers: This column is a follow-up to my earlier one: Religious apartheid in India and American policy response. We now have an opportunity to influence American policy-making regarding India. I urge the readers to write (no more than two pages) to any of the following officials of the US State Department. Please focus on religious apartheid practice in India by Christian missionaries and Islamic jihad in India. Question USSD’s ignorance and inability to address human rights of over 800 million Hindus in India and urge swift corrective steps. 

Secretary Condi Rice    
or
Mr. Stephen Liston 
Office of International Religious freedom  
or
Mr. Oscar G. DeSoto  
Office of Human rights and Democracy

U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520

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Dear Secretary Rice 

I am writing to congratulate you for continuing to advance American interests as well as promote our vision of human rights and religious freedom abroad.  

Along these lines, I would like to bring to your attention activities at US State Department and its embassies/consulates abroad that have raised the perception of violating our constitutional separation of Church and State. 

About a month ago I sent you a letter (http://www.saveindia.com/religious_apartheid_in_india_and.htm) in which I pointed out institutionalized and constitution-based religious apartheid practiced by Christian and Muslim minorities in India that has affected about 800 million people in India. I also pointed out how USSD appears to be unaware of this practice.   

Religious apartheid practice is a modern, non-violent and efficient way of conducting religious genocide. The world may have seen the last of racial apartheid in minority white-ruled South Africa, but not a form of minority religious apartheid practice in world’s largest democratic nation.

I received the following brief reply from India section officer of USSD: “I have passed this information onto the Human Rights Office and the Religious Freedom Office and they are taking this information into consideration as they address human rights in India”. I am disappointed by the lack of specific response to my letter. This standard reply gives an impression that USSD has chosen to disregard the contents of my letter.  

  • The fact that USSD’s 2004 reports thus far have been critical of majority Hindu religious organizations and their leaders in India while only superficially addressing the root causes and is yet to take Church (the majority religion in America) to task for its apartheid and discriminatory practice gives a perception that USSD is using tax-payer funds to essentially side with Church abroad (as evidenced by a lack of credible and specific response to my earlier letter to you).
     
  • US State Department officials in India appear to be either inadvertently or otherwise are in violation of International Declaration of Universal Human Rights by apparently lobbing on behalf of Christian missionary organizations in India probably involved in religious job and student admission practices that are discriminatory (thereby violating Article 23 and Article 26 of the Declaration).
     
  • President Bush in an October 6, 2005 speech to National Endowment for Democracy talks about the goal of radical Islam: “(establishing) a radical Islamic empire that spans from Spain to Indonesia”. The President further observes: “to enslave whole nations and intimidate the world” Regrettably, USSD’s 2004 reports have been largely ignorant of Islamic jihad underway in India by indoctrinating Indian Muslims and destabilize India by creating majority Hindu-minority Muslim conflict – to further extend Islam’s frontiers into India.

Where does the US State Department really stand with regard to the above issues? 

Simultaneously, I am launching a campaign with my readership; USSD can expect to receive similar letters of concern from many citizens. I have established a long track-record of data analysis and publishing on these issues. I am well-known in Indian American community and in certain circles in India. Unfortunately, neither my readers nor I know USSD’s viewpoint due to its silence. 

Religious apartheid issues are getting increasing coverage in India and with Diaspora abroad. Unless America recognizes this quickly and takes measures, negative feelings of America will likely grow among close to one billion Hindus. Poll after poll conducted in India shows wide admiration and support for America – a rarity in that part of the world. This support mostly comes from majority Hindus and is now under jeopardy!  

The 2004 State Department reports and USSD’s inadequate response to my previous letter to you cause concern. Such an USSD can lose its credibility and integrity in the eyes of Americans and people abroad. 

My interests are not just India-centric. I have also published extensively how America could defeat radical Islam and ensure a better future for our children (“The Art of War on Terror”: http://www.saag.org/papers11/paper1062.html). The strategy of properly identifying the enemy articulated in my analysis and through by my many letters published in Washington Times has been firmly embraced for the first time by President Bush in the speech to National Endowment for Democracy. This speech is considered by many indicating a paradigm shift in American policy outlook.  

By establishing a dialogue with a person like me you now have a chance to take corrective measures. I request you to arrange for a meeting between myself and senior officials of the office of Human rights, Religious Freedom, Terrorism and India section of USSD to discuss these issues in detail. If my perception is wrong in anyway, such a meeting will give an opportunity to resolve them. I can then write another analysis pointing out to my readers how USSD plans to address these issues. This can be a win-win situation for American interests and for the cause of human rights and religious freedom. 

I look forward to hearing from you. 

Sincerely,

Moorthy Muthuswamy PhD

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