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Among Indian Americans, Modi has supporters and sharp critics - The Washington Post

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Among Indian Americans, Modi has supporters and sharp critics

By Pamela Constable June 7
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday, a rare honor that contrasts sharply with the affront he faced more than a decade ago when he was denied a U.S. visa after Hindu riots killed more than 1,000 people in the state he then governed.But even as many Indian Americans cheer the ascent of Modi, who met Tuesday with President Obama at the White House, others say they continue to be troubled by his record on human rights since he became prime minister in 2014.As he speaks at the Capitol, a group of Indian American Christians will hold a prayer vigil a few blocks away to protest what they call a pattern of abuse against religious minorities in India, including the torching of churches and the lynching of Muslims for eating beef.
“We welcomed Mr. Modi when he was elected, but he has driven the country into religious polarization,” said John Prabhudoss, president of the Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations. “He took an oath to protect the constitution and all the people, but he has failed to uphold it.”

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FIACONAFederation of Indian American Christian Organizations Statement on Modi visit

Statement (updated 6/3/2016 4 PM)
JUNE 3, 2016, WASHINGTON DC. Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations reiterates our strong support for the partnership that exists today between India and the United States. India and the United States have invested in each other so much so that the two nations could not afford to be in opposite sides. Governments come and go, Prime Ministers come and go but the people of these two nations must only come together for the greater good.At the same time we also have grave concerns about the increasing intolerance and violence India's Christian communities face from the rank and file of Mr. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which happens to be in power in India.We fully endorse President Obama’s speech in New Delhi during his last visit. The concerns he raised in that speech are very important for the future of US-India relationships. India can not go down the path of self-disintegration and expect the world to ignore it.

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FIACONAFederation of Indian American Christian Organizations Statement on Modi visit

Statement (updated 6/3/2016 4 PM)
JUNE 3, 2016, WASHINGTON DC. Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations reiterates our strong support for the partnership that exists today between India and the United States. India and the United States have invested in each other so much so that the two nations could not afford to be in opposite sides. Governments come and go, Prime Ministers come and go but the people of these two nations must only come together for the greater good.At the same time we also have grave concerns about the increasing intolerance and violence India's Christian communities face from the rank and file of Mr. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which happens to be in power in India.We fully endorse President Obama’s speech in New Delhi during his last visit. The concerns he raised in that speech are very important for the future of US-India relationships. India can not go down the path of self-disintegration and expect the world to ignore it.

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Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations (FIACONA) to provide an information booth on the continuous persecution that Christians face in India

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Leading up to and during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Washington DC, Jubilee Campaign will be helping bring attention to the India's widespread religious freedom violations. We are volunteering alongside the Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations (FIACONA) to provide an information booth on the continuous persecution that Christians face in India. The booth will be located near Union Station along Delaware Ave NE. It will be set up every day from 9 a.m- 6 p.m. until June 10th. There will also be a prayer vigil set up in DC outside of the United Methodist Building (100 Maryland Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002) this Wednesday, June 8 from 9a.m. - 12p.m. Please stop by!

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