Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Indian Americans raise alarm over US govt appointment of Hindutva figure to interfaith council

Chandru Acharya, who was appointed by the DHS in late September to advise the United States government on domestic issues, is a director of HSS-USA, a group that has repeatedly defended India’s Islamophobic policies and programs, according to Middle East Eye.

Muslim American bodies and activists raise alarm as a director of the Hindutva group Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS-USA) is appointed to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) faith-based religious council.

Chandru Acharya, who was appointed by the DHS in late September to advise the United States government on domestic issues, is a director of HSS-USA, a group that has repeatedly defended India’s Islamophobic policies and programs, according to Middle East Eye.

The HSS is the overseas arm of the Hindu militant group, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

The 25-member faith-based security council on the DHS includes leaders from several faiths. It was set up to provide advice to the secretary on matters “related to protecting houses of worship, preparedness and enhanced coordination with the faith community.”

“How can a member of a group whose parent organisation in India is implicated in violence against religious minorities and attacks their places of worship be a good fit for this position?” asks Rasheed Ahmed, executive director of the Indian American Muslim Council. He was speaking to MEE.

“Regrettably, DHS has chosen an individual representing a supremacist hate group,” Ahmad added.

“The RSS is the ultra-right wing Hindu extremist organisation and the founding of the Hindutva ideology, which is a Hindu supremacist and Islamophobic ideology. The HSS is the overseas arm of the RSS. We firmly oppose the inclusion of organisations like HSS in any religious freedom council,” said Ria Chakrabarty, policy director for Hindus for Human Rights (HFHR).

CAIR National, America’s largest Muslim civil rights organization also took to Twitter to register their anger over the appointment.

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