NEW DELHI—Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), a Chicago-based advocacy group, has strongly objected to allegations against it in an article published in Sunday Guardian, founded by BJP leader M J Akbar.
The article published on January 30 also contains baseless allegations against former vice-president Hamid Ansari, social activist Harsh Mander and student-activists Aysh Renna and Farzana Ladeed.
The article written by Benjamin Baird of the US-based Middle Eastern Forum (MEF) has accused IAMC of being “anti-Hinduism” and having “alliances with Islamists, including extremists with ties to murderous terrorist groups”. The article is headlined “Chicago’s India American Muslim Council doth protest too much”.
In an open letter to Sunday Guardian, IAMC said that Baird’s article contains “lies, fallacies and ludicrous distortions”, hoping that the website would remove Baird’s “trash”.
Asking Sunday Guardian if it wants to associate with MEF, the IAMC letter said that “Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian terrorist who killed 77 people in 2011, cited the Middle East Forum and its founder, Daniel Pipes, 16 times in his 1500-page “manifesto” as his inspiration for committing the terror acts”.
“Even if you are all in with the Hindutva fascists with all their baloney, you need to reconsider hanging out with MEF. Besides inspiring a mass murderer, MEF has long been outed as one of the worst xenophobic and racist organizations that revels in peddling hate and disinformation”, IAMC Executive Director Rasheed Ahmed said in the letter.
Here is the full letter.