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Killing of Ludhiana Pastor Linked to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS): alleges Organization for Minorities of India

SikhSiyasat.Net - 6 months ago
Chandigarh: The Organization of Minorities of India (OFMI), a US based group, has alleged that the killing of a Christian pastor in Ludhiana was linked to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Earlier...

Vigil draws Sikhs, Anglicans to downtown Roseville

Press Tribune Newspaper - 5 months ago
The only seemingly awkward moment of a candlelight vigil Monday in downtown Roseville came near the end. Father Joshua Lickter of Incarnation Anglican Church in Roseville stood before roughly 30...

Caste Atrocities and Persecution of India's Religious Minorities Highlighted during Seminar

SikhSiyasat.Net - 8 months ago
Dr. Manisha Bangar's visit to Trinity Anglican Church was one of her last speaking engagements during a nearly month-long North American tour which included lectures at Brandeis University,...

India's Mob Lynchings Provoke International Wave of Protests

SikhSiyasat.Net - 5 months ago
The month of July witnessed a wave of demonstrations by people concerned that India's ruling party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has inspired a huge increase in mob violence since taking power...

Vigil Planned in California for Murdered Punjabi Pastor

Sikh24 News & Updates - 5 months ago
Members of the local Sikh community also plan to join the vigil, which is cosponsored by Lickter's church and Organization for Minorities of India (OFMI). “We urge all India's religious...

Indian Journalist Critical of Hindutva Assassinated

Sikh24 News & Updates - 4 months ago
Gauri Lankesh, an Indian journalist who was gunned down outside her home in Bengaluru on the evening of September 5, denounced “Brahman hegemony” in her last major public speech. Speaking in...

Jharkhand Becomes Ninth State in India to Pass Anti-Conversion Law

Sikh24 News & Updates - 4 months ago
Bhajan Singh, Founding Director of US-based Organization for Minorities of India (OFMI), believes anti-conversion legislation is rooted in a fear of people opposing oppression. “These laws...

California Vigil Commemorates Pastor Assassinated in Punjab

Sikh24 News & Updates - 5 months ago
SACRAMENTO, California, USA—”We are here to honor Pastor Sultan Masih,” said Bhajan Singh as he spoke to a group of 30 Sikhs, Christians, and others who gathered in the northern Californian...

Filmmaker Terrorized for Exposing Caste Slavery in Tamil Nadu

Milli Gazette - 5 months ago
“'Kakkoos' reveals the miserable condition of these poor souls who are forced into this life of slavery,” said Bhajan Singh, Founding Director of Organization for Minorities of India....

Sacramento Sikhs Share Concerns Of Discrimination In India With Congressman

CBS Sacramento - 9 months ago
“He has championed the cause of minorities heavily persecuted in India,” explained Bhajan Singh Pinder, the founder of the Organization For Minorities of India. “It's a just cause. I...

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Vigil Planned in California for Murdered Punjabi Pastor

Sikh24 News & Updates - 5 months ago
:dateline@Christians will join leaders of local Sikh and other Indian communities outside City Hall in downtown Roseville, CA on August 28 [RSVP on Facebook] for a candlelight vigil commemorating...

California Vigil Commemorates Pastor Assassinated in Punjab

Sikh24 News & Updates - 5 months ago
SACRAMENTO, California, USA—”We are here to honor Pastor Sultan Masih,” said Bhajan Singh as he spoke to a group of 30 Sikhs, Christians, and others who gathered in the northern Californian...

Indian Journalist Critical of Hindutva Assassinated

Sikh24 News & Updates - 4 months ago
Gauri Lankesh, an Indian journalist who was gunned down outside her home in Bengaluru on the evening of September 5, denounced “Brahman hegemony” in her last major public speech. Speaking in...

Filmmaker Terrorized for Exposing Caste Slavery in Tamil Nadu

Sikh24 News & Updates - 5 months ago
After releasing a documentary exposing in vivid detail the daily lives of manual scavengers in Tamil Nadu, 26-year-old filmmaker Divya Bharathi has been slapped with criminal charges, including cyber...

Jharkhand Becomes Ninth State in India to Pass Anti-Conversion Law

Sikh24 News & Updates - 4 months ago
Jharkhand, in northern India, became the most recent state in the country to criminalize religious freedom when its governor, Draupadi Murmu, signed an anti-conversion bill into law on September 5....

Gandhi Statues Inspire International Public Protests On His Birthday

Sikh24 News & Updates - 1 years ago
DAVIS, California, USA—Communities in California and Ghana are organizing demonstrations against statues of Indian political icon Mohandas Gandhi which they perceive as inappropriate idolizations...

Gandhi's Racist Views Inspire Hindu Nationalists

Sikh24 News & Updates - 4 months ago
On the occasion of Gandhi's 148th Jayanti (birthday), one of only three national holidays in India, questions and protests continue to mount around the glorification of a man popularly considered...

Ghana Plans World's First Removal of Gandhi Statue

Sikh24 News & Updates - 1 years ago
ACCRA, Ghana—After over a decade of resistance to placement of Gandhi statues around the world began brewing in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2003, the University of Ghana is taking an historical...

Exclusive Interview with Shaheed Jaswant Singh Khalra's Daughter by OFMI

Sikh24 News & Updates - 2 yearss ago
Navkiran Kaur Khalra speaks in an interview about the 1995 disappearance and killing by Indian police of her father, Jaswant Singh Khalra, and his work to expose secret genocide in Punjab, India....

Minorities in California Join Arms in Solidarity Around Indian Martyrs

Sikh24 News & Updates - 2 yearss ago
SAN JOSE, California, USA—Sikhs, Christians, Muslims, and African American leaders commemorated the 20th anniversary of the disappearance of Punjabi human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra in a...

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Vigil Planned in California for Murdered Punjabi Pastor

Sikh24 News & Updates - 5 months ago
“There is impunity in India for crimes against minorities,” concludes OFMI spokesperson Arvin Valmuci. “Hindu nationalists and the State work hand-in-hand. Yet these violent nationalist groups...

Filmmaker Terrorized for Exposing Caste Slavery in Tamil Nadu

Sikh24 News & Updates - 5 months ago
After releasing a documentary exposing in vivid detail the daily lives of manual scavengers in Tamil Nadu, 26-year-old filmmaker Divya Bharathi has been slapped with criminal charges, including cyber...

Indian Journalist Critical of Hindutva Assassinated

Sikh24 News & Updates - 4 months ago
Gauri Lankesh, an Indian journalist who was gunned down outside her home in Bengaluru on the evening of September 5, denounced “Brahman hegemony” in her last major public speech. Speaking in...

Jharkhand Becomes Ninth State in India to Pass Anti-Conversion Law

Sikh24 News & Updates - 4 months ago
Arvin Valmuci, a Dalit activist who serves as a spokesperson for OFMI, calls the BJP hypocritical in its perspective on conversion. “Look at what the BJP's idol, Prime Minister Modi, says about...

California Vigil Commemorates Pastor Assassinated in Punjab

Sikh24 News & Updates - 5 months ago
SACRAMENTO, California, USA—”We are here to honor Pastor Sultan Masih,” said Bhajan Singh as he spoke to a group of 30 Sikhs, Christians, and others who gathered in the northern Californian...

India's Mob Lynchings Provoke International Wave of Protests

SikhSiyasat.Net - 5 months ago
From California to Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh to New York, groups impacted by a rising tide of mob lynchings of minorities in India are taking to the streets to protest. The month of July witnessed a...

Filmmaker Terrorized for Exposing Caste Slavery in Tamil Nadu; Divya Bharathi faces death threats, criminal charges ...

SikhSiyasat.Net - 5 months ago
“The caste system retards all progress,” explained Arvin Valmuci, a communications coordinator for OFMI. “Caste retards economic progress, technological progress, social progress. It stifles...

Gandhi's Racist Views Inspire Hindu Nationalists

Sikh24 News & Updates - 4 months ago
“The upper-caste Gandhi is popularly perceived as a heroic figure who attacked the caste system,” comments Arvin Valmuci. A member of the Dalit community who serves as a spokesperson for OFMI,...

Noon Protests Today at Indian Consulate As Student Commits Suicide Due to Cast-ism in India

Sikh24 News & Updates - 2 yearss ago
“Rohith's death is the consequence of the caste-based policies that flourish in Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government,” said Arvin Valmuci of the Organization for Minorities of...

California Priest Deplores Chicago Murder of Bapu Surat Singh's Son-in-Law

Sikh24 News & Updates - 2 yearss ago
SACRAMENTO, CA, USA—Fr. Joshua Lickter, who has repeatedly appealed on behalf of hunger-striker Surat Singh Khalsa, released a statement on Monday questioning the motive behind Monday's...

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Biased Pro-Islamist Group Hires Lobbyist to Push Resolution Slamming India

ChakraNews.com - 4 yearss ago
It was after HAF staffers visited offices on Capitol Hill to educate lawmakers on the pitfalls of H. Res. 417, that they were informed of the intensive efforts of Fidelis, IAMC, and a group calling...

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Ghana is taking down a statue of Gandhi from its oldest university

Quartz - 1 years ago
Ghana has said that it will remove a statue Mahatma Gandhi from a university campus in Accra, Ghana where it has inspired protests. The statue of a bespectacled Gandhi, holding a walking stick and...

Protest surfaced during Gandhi Statue Unveiling Ceremony at California: OFMI

SikhSiyasat.Net - 1 years ago
“His racism. You cannot close your eyes to his racism.” Interviewed by KCRA, protestor Brahamdeep Kaur explained: “I don't understand why America is supporting him when America stands for...

Gandhi Statues Inspire International Public Protests On His Birthday

Sikh24 News & Updates - 1 years ago
DAVIS, California, USA—Communities in California and Ghana are organizing demonstrations against statues of Indian political icon Mohandas Gandhi which they perceive as inappropriate idolizations...

Delhi smog hits railway operations: 49 trains delayed, 14 rescheduled

Business Standard - 2 months ago
Friday's maximum temperature settled at 25.5 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season's average, while the minimum temperature was 13.9 degrees Celsius, one notch above the season's...

NCR to enforce odd-even during pollution emergency: EPCA

Business Standard - 2 months ago
BS poll: 80% say they would consider leaving Delhi because of air pollution Delhi's odd-even scheme does not have backing of GRAP task force Delhi need not panic over pollution: Environment...

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Three Years Later: India Continues to Ignore the Plight of Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa

HuffPost - 1 week ago
On 11 February, 2015, 84-year-old Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa wrote a letter to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. In it, he informed PM Modi of the hunger strike he has undertaken and its...

Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa's Hunger Protest Reaches 3 Years

Sikh24 News & Updates - 3 weeks ago
LONDON, UK—84-year-old Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa is currently the oldest person on hunger protest. Having started his agitation on 16 January, 2015, Bapu Surat Singh's struggle will reach three...

Cash, mobiles snatched

The Tribune - 3 days ago
Chandigarh: Surat Singh, a Sector 41 resident, alleged that four unknown persons in an auto-rickshaw assaulted him and snatched Rs 500 and a mobile phone from him near the Sector 42 bus stop on...

Custody death: CBI awaits govt nod to prosecute cops

The Tribune - 2 weeks ago
The CBI had arrested the eight police officials, IG Zaidi and seven others including DSP Manoj Joshi, the then SHO Rajender Singh and ASI Deep Chand Sharma besides head constables Surat Singh, Mohan...

Himachal Pradesh Law Minister Suresh Bhardwaj says government will cooperate with CBI in Kotkhai rape case

The New Indian Express - 2 weeks ago
On August 29, the CBI arrested eight policemen, Zaidi, who was heading the Special Investigation Team probing the crime; Deputy Superintendent Manoj Joshi; and former Station House Officer Rajinder...

Two Odisha youths go missing in Puri sea

Odisha Sun Times - 3 days ago
Other students, who were the part of the cricket team visited Puri for taking shower in the sea, were Surat Singh, a student of Sundergarh government College, K Sidharth from Bargarh district and...

Chairman, General Secretary JKTF felicitated

State Times - 1 week ago
The programme was organised by Kuldeep Singh Bandral and Satish Chadda with the consent of group members. Raj Singh Slathia, Mohammad Afzal Bhat, Rajinder Gupta, Surat Singh Toofani, Jamayat Ali...

Kotkhai case exposed police, rocked assembly house

Times of India - 3 weeks ago
In the custodial death case, the CBI on August 29 had arrested eight police officials of HP, including Zaidi, DSP Manoj Joshi, then SHO of Kotkhai police station SI Rajender Singh, ASI Deep Chand,...

Govt will cooperate with CBI in Kotkhai rape case: HP Law Minister

Yahoo India News - 1 week ago
On August 29, the CBI arrested eight policemen, Zaidi, who was heading the Special Investigation Team probing the crime; Deputy Superintendent Manoj Joshi; and former Station House Officer Rajinder...

JKTF delegation calls of SSA Director

Rising Kashmir - 2 weeks ago
The delegation discussed the issue of B.ed of those teachers who have recently completed their graduation. SPD gave the patient hearing to all the issues confronted with teachers. He assured the...

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2013 Archived News:

OFMI: White House yanks petition to reassess Obama’s hero Gandhi

Washington, DC, Feb. 14 — Early Thursday afternoon, the Obama administration removed from its “We the People” website a petition asking the president to reassess Gandhi. South Asian American community leaders who endorsed the petition said they were deeply disappointed in the administration’s resort to censoring free speech.

OFMI: Gandhi spread racial hatred and was pro-caste says petition to President Obama

San Francisco, Feb. 12, 2013 – A new petition to the Obama administration says Gandhi spent his life spreading racial hatred and praising the “fundamental divisions” of the caste system. Sponsors hope to gather 100,000 online signatures by March 12 to compel the White House to reassess the upper-caste Hindu leader, who President Obama has called “an inspiration.”

OFMI: South Asian Americans Petition White House to Reassess Gandhi

Washington, DC, Feb. 11, 2013 – President Obama often cites Mohandas Gandhi as his hero. At times, he has called him “an inspiration” and “a real hero of mine.” In 2008, he claimed Gandhi’s “spirit and example… extinguished apartheid in South Africa.”

South Asian Americans are so convinced Gandhi was no hero that they have launched a petition asking Obama to reassess the Hindu leader. The truth, states the petition, is that President Obama’s admitted hero was anti-black, anti-woman, and pro-war.”

OFMI: South Asians: New Face Animates American Civil Rights Movement at California Capitol

SACRAMENTO, Jan. 24, 2013 – On Tuesday, South Asians partnered with African-Americans and other community leaders to spearhead a new united front in America’s civil rights movement. The January 22 event, “Justice Rising: A Rally for Universal Human Dignity,” was hosted in honor of the 84th birth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the intention of building upon his legacy.

OFMI: South Asians and African-Americans to Honor Dr. King’s Legacy at California Capitol

SACRAMENTO, Jan. 19, 2013 – Before he gave his life for the liberties of all people to be free, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. declared: “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” On Tuesday, South Asian community leaders will partner with African-Americans and other life-affirming communities to advance the civil rights movement in a rally at the California State Capitol.

OFMI: Delhi Student’s Rape Mirrors New Delhi Leadership’s Rape of India, say Indian Minorities

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 8, 2013 – The murder of Jyoti Singh Pandey, the New Delhi college student who was kidnapped, gang-raped, and died late last month, represents the treatment of India by its politicians, said a human rights group for Indian minorities on Tuesday.

2012 News:

OFMI: Indian Minorities Ask California Governor Brown to Reject Indian Consulate Rally

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 5, 2012 – A U.S.-based coalition of minorities of Indian origin asked Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday to cancel his planned appearance at a Sacramento rally intended to honor the victims of the Wisconsin Sikh Temple shooting. The group insists rally organizer North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) and the Indian state are using the September 8 rally, which features India’s Consul General N. Parthasarthi, to sanitize the reality of India’s ongoing human rights abuses.

OFMI: February Fundraiser Seeks Justice For Victims Of Indian Police Atrocities

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 30, 2012 – A coalition of Sikhs and other South Asian minorities will fundraise for human rights in Punjab in celebration of a partial achievement of justice for murdered human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra.

2011 News:

OFMI: New Report Reveals Indian Police Encouraged Massacre of Orissan Christians

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 8, 2011 – SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 8, 2011 – A human rights report released Wednesday concludes that Indian police forces encouraged mobs of Hindu supremacists during the 2008 massacre of Christians in Orissa, India.

OFMI: A Letter to U.S. Congress: Deny Indian Police Officers Entry

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 29, 2011 – Dear U.S. Representative, We are writing to request your assistance in an issue of distress to the California and national Indian minority communities. Our request is that you would speak in favor of denying U.S. visitor’s visas to three top-ranking Indian police officers based on their involvement in a system that promotes torture as a daily tool for the average officer.

OFMI: U.S. Should Deny Visas For Top Indian Police Officers, Says Human Rights Group

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 22, 2011 – Indian police seeking entry to the U.S. should be denied visas based on involvement in the practice of torture, said a human rights group on Tuesday, citing its new report claiming torture is all pervasive in the Indian police system.

National Post: Gandhi statue ‘a travesty,’ U.S. activist tells Carleton University

OTTAWA, Oct. 6, 2011 – A New York-based activist has taken aim at a Carleton University sculpture he calls a “travesty of history:” A bronze statue of Mohandas Gandhi.

Macleans: Gandhi haters vow to fight statue

OTTAWA, Oct. 5, 2011 – On the weekend, Carleton University and McMaster University both unveiled statues of Gandhi in celebration of Gandhi Jayanti, the political leader’s birthday, a national holiday in India. The celebration was part of the Year of India in Canada, an initiative to strengthen cultural and economic ties between the two countries.

The Charlatan: Gandhi Statue Protest Scheduled

OTTAWA, September 15, 2011 – The debate over whether or not to erect a statue of Mohandas Gandhi on campus is heating up, with a protest now planned for Oct. 2, the same day the statue is supposed to go up.

OFMI: India Denies Minorities Marriage Freedom

SAN FRANCISCO, September 1, 2011 – The central government of India denied on Tuesday the opportunity for Indo-Sikhs to marry as Sikhs rather than Hindus.

The Charlatan: Disagreement Over Gandhi

OTTAWA, September 1, 2011 – A Facebook group of almost 150 members is showing opposition to a statue of Indian icon Mohandas Gandhi that is set to be installed at Carleton Oct. 2.

OFMI: Indian Minorities Greet Congressman McClintock

STOCKTON, August 29, 2011 – Over a hundred minorities from India, including many Sikhs and Dalits, turned out on Saturday evening to greet Congressman Tom McClintock in Stockton.

OFMI: South Asians in USA Question Badal’s Vision of Liberty

SACRAMENTO, July 29, 2011 – During his July 29, 2011 visito to Sacramento, Manpreet Badal of the Punjab People’s Party was presented “Faces of Terror in India,” a report by Sikh Information Centre about state-sponsored terrorism in India, and a copy of a memorandum by Organization for Minorities of India entitled “Does Manpreet Badal Offer a Vision of Liberty.”

OFMI: Ambedkarite Rally Upstages Gandhi’s Dandi March

SAN FRANCISCO, March 28, 2011 – Protesting Indian government corruption and demanding that Mohandas Gandhi’s statue be removed, Indian minorities hosted a rally in front of that statue in San Francisco on Saturday. Calling the event an “Ambedkar Rally,” Bhajan Singh, an organizer of the rally, stated: “India’s corruption starts with Gandhi, the father of India.”

OFMI: Indian Diaspora Divided by Gandhi-Inspired Dandi March II

SAN DIEGO, March 14, 2011 – Marking the 81st anniversary of Mohandas Gandhi’s historic Salt Satyahgraha, a group opposing corruption in India began a 240-mile protest march on Saturday. They were surprised, however, when counter-protesters braved the early morning chill to claim that Gandhi himself is a primary source of corruption.

2010 News:

OFMI: Gandhi Scholar to Discuss Racism at UM-Flint

FLINT, Michigan, Nov. 15, 2010 – Gandhi expert Col. G. B. Singh (U.S. Army, ret.) will visit the UM-Flint campus on Monday, December 6 for a discussion about allegedly racist behavior of Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi. The event was organized by Organization for Minorities of India and Ambedkar Association of North America (AANA) in cooperation with UM-Flint’s Diversity Council and University Relations. Singh will speak at 5 p.m. in the university’s Loving Cultural Lounge.

Yahoo! News India: Was Mahatma Gandhi a Racist?

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 8, 2010 – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi — commonly referred to as ‘Mahatma’, is known the world over as a symbol of truth and non-violence. That’s why many may find it surprising to know that the ‘Father of the Nation’ has his share of detractors.

The Bay Citizen: To Some Indians, Gandhi No Hero

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 7, 2010 – Tucked away in a parking lot behind San Francisco’s Ferry Building stands a life-sized statue of Mohandas K. Gandhi, a worldwide symbol of non-violence.

The Sacramento Examiner: The business of Gandhi’s statues and the rising human rights’ violation

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 6, 2010 – On 141st anniversary of Mohandas Gandhi’s birthday, the Organization for Minorities of India (California) staged a unique protest in San Francisco on October 2, 2010. Protesters gathered at Ferry Building at 11 AM where a statue of M.K. Gandhi stands since 1988. Demonstrators held banners and distributed flyers to send the message that Gandhi’s non-violence was merely a facade to practice covert violence, racist ideology, and immoral and deviant sexual behavior. They demanded that his statue should be removed, and replaced either with that of an American Hero or Dr. B.R. Ambedkar who was a great Human Rights activist and an Alumni of Columbia University New York.

Silicon India News: Indian Minorities Demand Removal of SF Gandhi Statue

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 4, 2010 – Gandhi is the man who is identified for his powerful weapons – truth and non-violence. But in San Francisco a group of activists advocating for minorities in India want to remove his statue alleging racism and sham non-violence, reports John Cote from the San Francisco Chronicle.

OFMI: Indian Minorities Demand Removal of SF Gandhi Statue

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 3, 2010 – On Saturday morning, a group called the Organization for Minorities of India demanded the removal of the bronze statue of Mohandas Gandhi standing behind the San Francisco Ferry Building.

UPI: Group wants Gandhi statue removed

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 2, 2011 – A group advocating for minorities in India is lobbying for the removal of a statue of Mohandas Gandhi in San Francisco.

My Fox Atlanta: San Francisco Activists Want Gandhi Statue Removed, Allege Racism, Violence

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 2, 2011 – A group of protesters in San Francisco Saturday planned to demand the removal of a statue of Mohandas Gandhi, hoping to expose the ’racism and sham nonviolence’ of the famously nonviolent Indian leader, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

San Francisco Chronicle: Daily protest watch: Today’s winner — Gandhi!

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 1, 2011 – It doesn’t take much to whip up a protest in San Francisco – two people and a bad idea will do – but Gandhi? Really? A group billing itself as the Organization for Minorities of India plans to protest today to demand the removal of the bronze statue of Mohandas Gandhi that has sat in the plaza behind the Ferry Building since 1988.

OFMI: Indian Minorities Will Protest SF Gandhi Statue

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 30, 2010 – Organization for Minorities of India (OFMI) will protest against the San Francisco Ferry Building Gandhi statue at 11:30am on October 2. Calling the statue a “contradiction and a source of dishonest history,” OFMI leaders say their goal is to get the statue replaced by one of either Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or low-caste Dalit leader Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.

OFMI: Controversy Over Proposed Gandhi Statue at California Capitol

WEST SACRAMENTO, April 24, 2010 – A small group of Indians gathered at a West Sacramento hotel on Saturday to plan the installation of a life-size Gandhi statue on the grounds of the California state capitol in Sacramento. Sham Goyal, the UC Davis plant scientist who led the meeting, described the approximately 20 Indians, which included Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs, as “hand-picked” for the project. He proudly described his idea as the first time in the world that a Gandhi statue would be placed at a state capitol.

OFMI: Human Rights Group Demands Visa Denial for Kamal Nath

TORONTO, Mar. 12, 2010 – The Organization for Minorities of India on Friday denounced the upcoming visit to Canada of Kamal Nath, a Cabinet Minister in the government of India. Nath was invited to speak to the Canada-India Business Council in Toronto later this month.

2009 News:

OFMI: Gandhi Would Not Dine With Black Obama, Say Indian Minorities

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 11, 2009 – In his recent speech at a Virginia high school, President Obama called Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi a “real hero of mine,” describing the Indian icon as someone with whom he would like to dine.

OFMI: Indian Minorities Protest Ottawa Gandhi Statue

OTTAWA, Aug. 11, 2009 – Indian minorities strongly disapprove of the Ottawa City Council’s decision to allow a Gandhi statue to be placed in Strathcona Park (Sandy Hill) in Autumn of 2009.

OFMI: New Book Sheds Light on Gandhi’s Dark Origins

SAN FRANCISCO, July 14, 2009 – In “Gandhi Under Cross-Examination,” authors Col. G. B. Singh and Dr. Tim Watson provide a critical analysis of Mohandas Gandhi’s 21 years living in South Africa.