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Narayana Sd

Oct 10, 2014, 8:12:21 AM10/10/14
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Please call Governor Cuomo (all instructions below).  Even after SIT report, Preeta Bansal who recommended visa denial to Modi as head of USCIRF she has never mentioned that a mistake was made.  USCIRF did this without any proof against Modi while not stopping brutal dictators with all the proof in the world to enter USA.   

These are not just 'Uncle Tom Hindus', they are career Hindus who are using Hindu American platform to enhance their career.   How can she make a good judge if she cannot judge an issue of this importance with objectivity?  No, we do not want any such Hindu Americans represent us.   

We have less than 2 weeks, please call and ask others to call.  Every call matters!!  
Please spread the word.


NY Governor Andrew Cuomo has shortlisted the former USCIRF Commissioner Preeta Bansal who is an anti-Hindu activist for the post of a judge in the NY Court of Appeals.

Preeta Bansal targeted Narendra Modi and chaired USCIRF when it came out with its infamous propaganda against Hindus and Narendra Modi eventually leading to the US government refusing to allow Modi to visit USA in 2005. (See below for details of her activism in favor of Christian proselytism and USHA write up on why we should stop her appt.)


1) CALL (518) 474-8390. Choose Option 3 to speak to an aide

2) Once you reach an aide, politely inform the aide that you oppose Preeta Bansal's appointment to the Court of Appeals as she lacks judicial judgment and allows herself to be used by those who are biased against Hindus and Indians and that you will never support Governor Cuomo in future if he appoints Preeta Bansal to the court.



"At a time when the newly elected Indian government and courts have initiated a number of actions to address the tragic Gujarat massacres in which Gujarat state officials were found by India's own investigative bodies to be complicit, the Commission has been concerned that Modi's private visit will only serve inappropriately to give a platform in the United States to someone who has been implicated in grave violations of religious freedom," said USCIRF Chair Preeta D. Bansal.

"The Commission communicated with the State Department about the matter some time ago. We urge the Department to act with appropriate Indian officials to forestall or prevent the planned visit," Bansal said.


From Wikileaks Cable 06COLOMBO383_a

1. (SBU) Summary. Members of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) visited Sri Lanka February 23-25 and met with religious, political, and civil society leaders to get a sense of the overall human rights situation as well as to discuss reports of unethical conversions, share concerns about proposed anti-conversion legislation, and follow up on reports of attacks on religious minorities. End summary.
2. (SBU) USCIRF Commissioners Michael Cromartie, Felice Gaer, and Preeta Bansal...

From Wikileaks Cable 07HANOI1848_a

USCIRF Commissioner Preeta Bansal commended the GVN for having the foresight in recognizing Protestant groups as separate entities.

Predictably, the Vietnamese were unhappy. 
From Wikileaks Cable 07HANOI1935_a

The recent visit to Vietnam by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has generated strong negative reactions within certain circles of the GVN. GVN criticism has centered primarily on what was widely considered inappropriate behavior by USCIRF members in their meeting with Prime Minister Dung and in southern Vietnam.


Preeta Bansal’s selection to the NY Court of Appeals –Your Stand Matters

Dear brothers and sisters, Namaste!

Vijaya Dasami is an occasion in which we as Hindus renew our pledge to fight against forces of selfishness and injustice. We are inspired by the actions of the Divine Mother herself. In every age, there are Asuric forces that attempt to weaken or destroy the forces of Dharma. It is the duty of all those who believe in Dharma to act decisively against such Asuric forces for the sake of preserving and protecting Dharma, the foundation for a healthy society.

In America, what is the duty of a Hindu in the modern context? Specifically should we oppose the candidacy of Preeta Bansal to become a Judge in the State of New York? If so, what is the rationale behind such an action?

We all know that Preeta Bansal, the former Chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on behalf of the commission aggressively sought to block the visit of Shri Narendra Modi to the USA by denying him a visa through an intense campaign. This campaign succeeded and in a shocking, unprecedented move, the State Department denied a visa to Shri Modi. Although the evidence against Shri Modi was inconclusive at most and he was firmly exonerated by the Supreme Court of India, Preeta Bansal took a stand that harmed the long-term interests of our community and India and seriously damaged India-US diplomacy.

This action has been disastrous for the US and for India. It has embittered Indo-US relations, roused anti- US ire among citizens in India, enraged the Indian-American community and became a dark chapter in Indo-US diplomacy that has not been fully remediated even after the recent wildly successful visit to the US by PM Modi. It created much consternation for President Obama, his administration and the State Department, who had to exert a lot of effort and energy in trying to apologize and gloss over this shameful episode upon the election of Shri Modi as the Prime Minister of the largest democracy in the world. It is clear that the US government now sorely regrets this decision was ever made. Even though the State Department has never at any other time so insulted a national leader of any other country, this action against India was taken solely at the behest of the USCIRF under Bansal’s leadership and intense campaigning.

As the leader of USCIRF, Bansal is ultimately accountable for this bigoted, anti-India campaign that was so harmful to our collective interests. At the very least, even if for some reason she could not stop others in the USCIRF from pursuing this campaign, she should have made public statements denouncing this vicious campaign against India and one of its most beloved leaders in modern history. Even if she were not the driver of this campaign, she is accountable to the community for her actions and for her role as leader of the USCIRF in this despicable episode. Preeta Bansal has shown herself to be a willing and enthusiastic pawn in the hands of anti-India forces, and her actions clearly harmed all of us.

Many within our community had enthusiastically supported her appointment to the USCIRF and worked hard to make that happen. The motivation for that was to have a leader who represented our interests and who would take decisions based on principles and basic fairness. In violating that, Bansal has lost the right to any support from the community going forward. If she is not held accountable to the community, what kind of precedent will this set for the future? We must set certain standards for leaders of our community, to ensure they represent us and our interests when they expect and receive our support.

The American establishment is definitely not pro Hindu. None of us have any illusions about that. It is my opinion, which is also shared by many, that we must act decisively and not be timid or naïve. If we want the American establishment to be at least neutral towards Hindus and India, then we must speak in one, united and clear voice that we will not support those who compromised our collective interests. There are many in our community who are naïve, ignorant, selfish, timid, weak or outright anti-Hindu. Our silence, inaction and apathy will only allow such people to represent us in the establishment to our detriment. I believe that we need to put a stop to this practice. Any one who wish to run for public office or be appointed to important positions in America would have to meet some minimum expectations of the community and one of those expectations ought to be that a candidate has not colluded with anti-India forces to humiliate India on the world stage or to harm Indo-US relations or otherwise harm the interests of our community.

For the Governor of New York, the decision will be based on the qualifications of the candidate and to what degree he wants to oblige his supporters and followers in the Indian-American and American Hindu communities. As such, I am of the firm view that a person who has ignored objectivity and impartiality, who has displayed such terribly poor judgment, lacks the basic requirements to be considered for the position of a judge. We are asking Governor Cuomo to not select Preeta Bansal because of her proven record of failure to judge on the basis of facts, rather than political compulsions or propaganda. She has failed in that test and hence we oppose her candidacy.

The US Hindu Alliance (USHA), along with numerous organizations and important individuals, has launched a campaign to stop her appointment to the Court of Appeals. If we do not stop her now, she could eventually be considered for a vacancy in the US Supreme Court. I would like to know if you are willing to support this campaign and make it successful. If so, kindly send me an email and confirm your willingness to stand up for our community and support our efforts. If you are willing to lend total support, then we will be sending an invitation to a conference call on Tuesday evening at 8.30 p.m. Thank you

Attachment: Copy of Letter sent to the Governor of New York

Yours in the service of Dharma,

Gokul Kunnath
President, USHA

USCIRF Urges Denial of U.S. Visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi (under leadership of Preeta Bansal)


July 8, 2008

Contact: Judith Ingram
Communications Director
(202) 523-3240, ext. 127

WASHINGTON-The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom urges the U.S. State Department to reaffirm its past decision to deny a tourist visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who has been invited to attend a conference in New Jersey this August celebrating Gujarati culture. Modi was previously denied entrance to the United States due to his role in riots that overtook the Indian state of Gujarat from February to May 2002 in which reportedly as many as 2,000 Muslims werekilled, thousands raped, and over 200,000 displaced. Numerous reports, including reports of official bodies of the Government of India, have documented the role of Modi's state government in the planning and execution of the violence, and the failure to hold perpetrators accountable.

Following Modi's invitation to attend conferences in the U.S. in 2005, the Commission successfully urgedthe State Department to revoke Modi's U.S. tourist visa. Despite pressure from the Indian government, the State Department revoked his visa under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which prohibits foreign government officials who are "responsible for or directly carried out, at any time, particularly severe violations of religious freedom" from obtaining U.S. visas. This section was added to the INA by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. The Commission once again urges the State Department to announce Modi's ineligibility for a visa under the terms of the INA.

"We have not seen changes that would warrant a policy reversal," said Commission Chair Felice D. Gaer. "As official bodies of the government of India have found, Narendra Modi is culpable for the egregious and systematic human rights abuses wrought against thousands of India's Muslims. Mr. Modi must demonstrate to the State Department and to the American people why he-as a person found to have aided and abetted gross violations of human rights, including religious freedom-should now be eligible for a tourist visa."

Following the riots in 2002, India's National Human Rights Commission issued a report that pointed to the role of Modi's government in the systematic murder of Muslims and the calculated destruction of Muslim homes and businesses. In 2003, the Indian central government found corruption and anti-Muslim bias to be so pervasive in the Gujarat judiciary that riot cases were shifted for trial to the neighboring state of Maharashtra. Despite this action, the lack of justice for victims remains a serious concern, as there have been very few court convictions in the six years since the religion-based riots. In 2007, a series of articles in the Indian publication Tehelka documented police officers and government officials on audio and videotape confessing that they facilitated the violence, at times at the direct behest of Modi.

"The inaction of Gujarat's government and police force in the face of severe violence against religious minorities is an inexcusable abuse of international human rights obligations," Gaer said.

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