In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/2/05) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and
advocacy group 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 Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said 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(10/2/04) The book was later withdrawn under public pressure.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
convention. SEE: http://www.imc-usa.org/cgi-bin/cfm/actionAlert.cfm?aaid=28
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.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and
chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the
understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties,
empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and
To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:
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