Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!
Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue on all sides of these critically important issues!
Power, Privilege and Terrorism:
Hindu Extremism in India and its tentacles
in the Indian American Diaspora
With Ahmed Syed, member Indian American Muslim Council
and Karthik Ramanathan, Occupy activist
The year 2002 will remain an infamous moment in the history of secular India. During this time, thousands of unarmed Muslim civilians — men, women and children — in the state of Gujarat were targeted by Hindu Terrorist groups using as an excuse an incident of a train coach burning that had resulted in the deaths of 58 Hindus. This anti-Muslim violence and the hate campaign that followed were supported by the National and State governments led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) including its current Priministerial candidate Mr. Narendra Modi.
Ahmed Syed, member of the Indian American Muslim Council and Karthik Ramanathan, Occupy Activist, will address the rising social challenges posed by Hindu fundamentalist parties like the BJP which are inimical to the ideals of equality and liberty, that have risen over the Indian political landscape. We will also explore the support and funding being received by these forces from sections of the Indian American diaspora, the work of IAMC in supporting the fight for justice in India, and what we can do to support the struggle.