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Lobbyist Hired to Push Anti-Modi Resolution in Congress
by Sunita Sohrabji
The Indian American Muslim Council and the Coalition Against Genocide have hired a Washington, D.C. lobbying group to promote HR 417, a resolution that would deny a U.S. visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged human rights violations.
Conversely, the Hindu American Foundation has launched an intensive campaign to oppose what it terms an "anti-India" measure, sponsored by Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Joe Pitts, R-Penn. The legislation has amassed 22 supporters in the House. It must pass the House Judiciary Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee before coming to the full floor for a vote.
Introducing the bill in the House Nov. 18, Ellison and Pitts said India's religious minorities have suffered numerous human rights violations, including massive riots in Gujarat in 2002, which reportedly killed 2,000 Muslims over three days. Human Rights Watch has labeled the violence a "pogrom" against Muslims.
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