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CAIR-Ohio to Hold Muslims Against Hindutva Rally Saturday, June 25 in Columbus

(COLUMBUS, OHIO 6/23/2022) – On Saturday, June 25, the Ohio Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) will host a rally against growing Islamophobia in the U.S. and India in the form of the Hindutva movement.  

WHO: Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio), journalist and activist Pieter Friedrich, and local community members 

RALLY LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/747322339779129/ 

WHAT: Muslims Against Hindutva Rally: Speaking Up Against Islamophobia in India and Abroad 

WHEN: 11 a.m., Saturday, June 25 

WHERE: 120 W. Goodale St., Columbus, OH 43215 

CONTACT: CAIR-Ohio Acting Executive Director Amina Barhumi, abarhumi@cair.com614-763-6557 

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Local Indian Muslim community members who are directly impacted will be available to speak to media.

NOTE: On Friday, June 24, CAIR-Ohio will host Pieter Friedrich for a discussion of “The Hindu Nationalist Threat: From India to America.”   

Friedrich is a freelance journalist specializing in the analysis of current and historical affairs in South Asia, with a particular focus on the issue of Hindu nationalism.   

The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the CAIR-Ohio Columbus office, located at 4985 Cemetery Rd. Hilliard, OH 43026.  

RSVP required. Limited seats are available. Email Amina Barhumi, abarhumi@cair.com or text 614-763-6557 to RSVP. 

BACKGROUNDER: Hindutva is an ideology that espouses the supremacy of Hinduism and seeks to build a pure nation of Hindus in India. While this is a fascist ideology that has been present for many years, most recently, two Muslim men were brutally murdered by police during protests in India. And there’s been a spike in illegal arrests and bulldozing of Muslim homes

This India-related Islamophobic movement has also been growing in the U.S. over the past decade. 

SEE: Action Alert: Urge Congress to Support Resolution Condemning India’s Human Rights, Religious Freedom Violations   

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CAIR, CAIR-Houston Defend Journalist Threatened for Criticizing Violent Rhetoric Aimed at Kashmiri Muslims 

CAIR on AIR: Islamophobia, Hindutva, and Censorship with Prof. Khaled Beydoun 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. CAIR-Ohio has offices in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland. CAIR-Ohio’s mission is to protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

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