By: Moorthy Muthuswamy PhD
October 26, 2005
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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 the following official of
USCIRF. Please focus on religious apartheid practice in India by Christian
missionaries and Islamic jihad in
Question USCIRF’s ignorance and inability to address human rights of over
800 million Hindus in India and urge swift corrective steps.
Joseph R. Crapa
Commission on International Religious Freedom
800 N. Capitol Street, N.W., Suite 790
Dear Mr. Crapa
am writing to congratulate you and the rest of USCIRF staff for continuing
to promote our vision of human rights and religious freedom abroad.
Along these lines, I would like to bring to your attention activities at
USCIRF that have raised the perception of violating our constitutional
separation of Church and State. I recently sent a letter USCIRF’s
Commissioner Bansal 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
I also pointed out how USCIRF appears to be unaware of this practice. I am
yet to receive a response from the Commissioner.
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 in world’s largest democratic nation.
have been in touch with Ms. Patricia Carley of USCIRF. Her verbal response
was: “my view was NOT one of widely subscribed view”. I sent her a letter
requesting her to comment on NEW legal and statistical basis of religious
discrimination in India I had provided to her. She is yet to respond. I am
enclosing this letter to Ms. Carley in the end. If USCIRF is open to
mostly “widely subscribed views” how is it going to be open to new ideas
and paradigm shifts? In other words, how credible are its reports?
The fact that
USCIRF’s 2000-2005 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 USCIRF 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 USCIRF).
US State Department
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
President Bush in an
to National Endowment for Democracy talks about the goal of radical
Islam: “(establishing) a radical Islamic empire that spans from
to Indonesia”. The President further observes: “to enslave whole nations
and intimidate the world” Regrettably, USCIRF’s 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 USCIRF
really stand with regard to the above issues?
Simultaneously, I am launching a campaign with my readership; USCIRF 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 USCIRF’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
– a rarity in that part of the world. This support mostly comes from
majority Hindus and is now under jeopardy!
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, you, Mr. Ted Stahnke and Ms. Patricia Carley 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 USCIRF 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.
look forward to hearing from you.
Moorthy S Muthuswamy PhD
The e-mail letter I had sent to Ms. Patricia Carley on October 4, 2005
Dear Ms. Carley
Thank you for having a detailed telephone conversation with me on Monday.
I am glad you brought to my attention the 2001 report by USCIRF. I
scrutinized all available reports at your website from 2000 to 2005. The
2001 report does indeed address some of my concerns, but not the core
You had told me in our conversation that my letter to Commissioner Bansal
portrays one view -- that majority Hindus in India are being
constitutionally and institutionally discriminated against -- but my view
is not necessarily a widely subscribed or an accepted view of religious
freedom-related issues in India. But I am sure as an analyst you should be
open to looking at new evidence and make up your mind accordingly!
Let me start with an analogy: the conventional wisdom at one point was
that the earth was flat. But new evidence eventually paved the way for the
prevailing and verified view that the Earth was more close to being round
– certainly not flat.
In my letter addressed to Commissioner Bansal (which you had read,
apparently) I had uncovered brand new evidence that was not discussed in
any of web-available USCIRF reports (2000-2005). This verifiable new
evidence deserves careful scrutiny as I claim it projects a view of India
that is vastly different from a widely subscribed view you and many others
appear to share. In fact, it points to massive religious apartheid
practices in India USCIRF doesn’t even seem to be aware of. A closer
scrutiny of USCIRF reports appear to show, USCIRF was neither aware of
this angle nor it tried to acquire evidence to ascertain this angle.
Let me summarize this new evidence for you:
1) Legal angle:
Article 30 of Indian constitution gives preference to minorities that are
not given to majority Hindus, especially in setting up and administering
educational institutions. This does not appear to be discussed in any of
web-available USCIRF reports (2000-2005). This aspect of Indian
constitution violates human rights and religious freedom.
statistics: I sent you verifiable new data on minority faculty employment
percentages in institutions administered by them in India. These are
typically several-fold over and above their population percentages, both
locally and nationally. These discriminatory practices are in violation of
human rights and religious freedom. I have also pointed out in my analysis
how this apartheid practices in
have undermined democracy, created instabilities and conflicts. Once again
to the best of my knowledge, from the past reports, there appear to be no
evidence of USCIRF either trying to acquire this type of data or has
analyzed its implications.
My Conclusion: The above two points imply constitution-based and
institutionalized religious apartheid/discrimination practiced in India.
As the Associate Director for Policy at USCIRF specializing in India
(among others), do you agree that the evidence I have presented above is
not even similarly covered in USCIRF reports and do you accept this as the
evidence of religious apartheid/discrimination practiced in India? If you
feel otherwise, what are the reasons?
If you agree with my conclusion then USCIRF has to address the issue of
religious apartheid in
for the first time. The recommendation I had made in my letter to
Commissioner Bansal does just that.
would much appreciate your answer.
Moorthy Muthuswamy PhD
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