Gujarat Official Linked with Book Praising Hitler to Speak in FL, NY
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
CAIR ACTION ALERT #448
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/2/05) - CAIR today renewed its call to block the entry
of an Indian official accused of complicity in the massacre of Muslim
civilians, following revelations that the official's administration
distributed a social studies textbook praising Adolf Hitler.
The book was introduced in the Indian state of Gujarat by the government of
Chief Minister Narendra Modi at the start of the academic year last June.
According to Agence France Presse (10/18/04): "In a chapter titled
'Internal Achievements of Nazism,' the book states: 'Hitler lent dignity
and prestige to the German government within a short time establishing a
strong administrative set up.' 'Hitler instilled a spirit of adventure in
the common people,' it added." India's The Statesman newspaper wrote: "Only
in Narendra Modi's Gujarat can school textbooks glorify Nazi Germany."
(10/2/04) The book was later withdrawn under public pressure.
Modi is a keynote speaker at the annual convention of the Asian American
Hotel Owner Association (AAHOA) later this month in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
(SEE: http://www.aahoa.com/events/Narendra_Modi.asp The site has recently
been password protected, but the original page may be viewed in cached
memory by using: www.google.com ) The group has rejected requests to
Modi is also scheduled to speak in New York on March 20th.
Last week, CAIR called on the Bush administration to block Modi's entry
based on a section (Sec. 604) of the International Religious Freedom Act
that makes any foreign official who has engaged in "particularly severe
violations of religious freedom" inadmissible to the United States.
Another group, the Indian Muslim Council-USA is also calling on MSNBC
"Hardball" host Chris Matthews to cancel his scheduled address to the AAHOA
Following anti-Muslim riots in 2002, senior officials in Gujarat told human
rights activists that they had been directed by Modi to allow the massacres
to run their course. Modi allegedly called the riots "anticipated Hindu
reaction" and "a natural outpouring." (Christian Science Monitor, 7/23/04,
9/15/03) India's National Human Rights Commission reported a "comprehensive
failure of the State to protect the Constitutional rights of the people of
For background on the 2002 Gujarat massacres, go to:
"Someone who facilitated distribution of a book praising the perpetrator of
the Holocaust deserves to be repudiated, not honored or granted entry to
America," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.
ACTIONS REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)
1. Contact Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to ask that Narendra Modi be
ruled inadmissible to the United States based on his links to a book
praising Hitler and on Section 604 of the International Religious Freedom
Act, which bars entry to any foreign official who has engaged in
"particularly severe violations of religious freedom."
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Department of State
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Washington, DC 20520
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Phone: (202) 647-4000
Fax: (202) 647-2283
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