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Mob Lynchings in India: Oppressed groups unite in solidarity against Hindu nationalist attacks

TwoCircles.net - 4 days ago
“All of India's religious minorities and oppressed classes are suffering attacks by the same Hindu supremacist elements,” said Arvin Valmuci, a communications director for Organization for...

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

SikhSiyasat.Net - 3 weeks 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...

Filmmaker Terrorized for Exposing Caste Slavery in Tamil Nadu

Milli Gazette - 2 weeks 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....

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

SikhSiyasat.Net - 3 months ago
Marysville, CA: May 25, 2017: When the Rev. Dr. James Mariner of Trinity Anglican Church welcomed Indian human rights advocate Dr. Manisha Bangar to speak on Saturday, he admonished the congregation:...

Sacramento Sikhs Share Concerns Of Discrimination In India With Congressman

CBS Sacramento - 4 months ago
They believe, given McClintock's record, he can be their voice in Washington. “He has championed the cause of minorities heavily persecuted in India,” explained Bhajan Singh Pinder, the...

Conflict swirls around Gandhi statue for park

Davis Enterprise - 12 months ago
The council was presented with the statue proposal in February, approving it unanimously as part of the consent calendar without added discussion. After this approval, however, locals and members of...

Dal Khalsa Calls For 'Amritsar Shutdown' On June 6th To Observe 33th Anniversary Of Attack On Darbar Sahib

SikhSiyasat.Net - 3 months ago
Amritsar: On the 33rd anniversary of Indian Army's invasion of Darbar Sahib complex, the pro-freedom group of Sikhs Dal Khalsa has given the call for “Amritsar shutdown” on 6 June and to...

“Hindutva Means Nothing But A Sociopolitical Structure Of The Society Based On Caste & Varna” Warns Dr Manisha ...

SikhSiyasat.Net - 3 months ago
The seminar was jointly hosted by the Bhim Rao Ambedkar Sikh Foundation (BRASF) and Organization for Minorities of India (OFMI). Originating over 2,000 years ago, the Hindu caste hierarchy is a...

American Sikhs Encourage US Census Bureau to Include Sikhs in 2020 Census

SikhSiyasat.Net - 4 months ago
“Including Sikhs in the U.S. Census will help protect our rights as Americans,” said Bhajan Singh, founding director of the Organization for Minorities of India. “Denying Sikhs their own ethnic...

Gandhi statue proposal sparks debate in Davis

ABC10.com - 12 months ago
Steven Macias is the Outreach Coordinator with a Lathrop, Ca. group called the Organization for Minorities of India (OMI), which is against putting up the statue. Gandhi is a symbol of oppression to...

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Gandhi Statues Inspire International Public Protests On His Birthday

Sikh24 News & Updates - 11 months 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...

Is Lathrop man in jail in India due to politics?

Manteca Bulletin - 2 yearss ago
But according to OFMI.org, other high-ranking Punjabi officials that have been ensnared in political traps over the years – even those who are American citizens – don't always fare well. In a...

Ghana Plans World's First Removal of Gandhi Statue

Sikh24 News & Updates - 10 months 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...

Family and Local Businesses to Hold Press Conference for US Citizen Imprisoned in India

Sikh24 News & Updates - 2 yearss ago
LATHROP, California, USA—Ravinder Singh Gogi, American Citizen and owner of Dasmesh Truck Driving School in Lathrop, is being held as a political prisoner at the Ludhiana Jail in Punjab, India. His...

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...

Indian Police Massacre Unarmed Sikhs Protesting Desecration of Scriptures

Sikh24 News & Updates - 2 yearss ago
SACRAMENTO, California, USA—Protests against desecration of a copy of the Sikh holy book, Guru Granth Sahib, turned violent on October 14 after the Indian police opened fire on unarmed protesters,...

Op/Ed: Heroic Death of MLA Manmeet Singh Bhullar Concludes a Life Animated by Human Compassion

Sikh24 News & Updates - 2 yearss ago
ONTARIO, Canada—”Manmeet Singh left us while he was doing what he loved more than anything — helping someone else,” said the family of Manmeet Singh Bhullar after the 35-year-old Sikh member...

Never Safe In India: Minorities Now Face Ever Increasing Violence Under BJP Government

Sikh24 News & Updates - 2 yearss ago
... Dr. Cheema, I want to thank you for your time, and I look forward to speaking with you again. IC: Pleasure is all mine, Pieter. Keep up the good work. PF: Thank you, sir. Originally published by...

Indian Parliament Will Consider Criminalizing Religious Liberty

Sikh24 News & Updates - 2 yearss ago
NEW DELHI—Two members of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced they will introduce bills in their respective houses of parliament to criminalize religious conversion without...

Diverse Crowd Cites Gandhi's Legacy in Demonstration to Remove Cerritos Statue

Sikh24 News & Updates - 4 yearss ago
statuedemonstration CERRITOS, California, USA—Controversy swirled in Cerritos over the weekend as opinions clashed about a Gandhi statue installed by the city last year. On Saturday, dozens rallied...

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Mob Lynchings in India: Oppressed groups unite in solidarity against Hindu nationalist attacks

TwoCircles.net - 4 days ago
“All of India's religious minorities and oppressed classes are suffering attacks by the same Hindu supremacist elements,” said Arvin Valmuci, a communications director for Organization for...

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

SikhSiyasat.Net - 2 weeks 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...

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...

BREAKING: Police Arrests American Citizens Peacefully Protesting For Human Rights in India

Sikh24 News & Updates - 2 yearss ago
LUDHIANA, Punjab—Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa (USA) who has been on hunger strike since January 16, 2015, was put on virtual arrest within the Ludhiana Civil Hospital last night. Police officials, who...

Diverse Crowd Cites Gandhi's Legacy in Demonstration to Remove Cerritos Statue

Sikh24 News & Updates - 4 yearss ago
statuedemonstration CERRITOS, California, USA—Controversy swirled in Cerritos over the weekend as opinions clashed about a Gandhi statue installed by the city last year. On Saturday, dozens rallied...

City Council in Irving, TX approves statue of Gandhi despite past protests

SikhSiyasat.Net - 3 yearss ago
Commenting on the protests, OFMI Communications Coordinator Arvin Valmuci said, “Our efforts to educate people about the real Gandhi, whose time in South Africa was spent campaigning to segregate...

Unprecedented Muslim-Sikh Riot in Hyderabad Reminiscent of Past False Flags by India

SikhSiyasat.Net - 3 yearss ago
Sacramento, USA (May 29, 2014): Rioting between Muslims and Sikhs broke out in the City of Hyderabad in India's State of Andhra Pradesh just days after the country's 5-week general election...

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

ChakraNews.com - 4 yearss ago
The lobbying firm was retained by IAMC just days before the resolution was introduced. H. Res 417 provocatively calls for the creation of separate extra-judicial religious minority courts to conduct...

Revoking of US Travel Ban on Prime Ministerial Candidate Narendra Modi Gathers Steam

IBTimes India - 4 yearss ago
... from the Ranking Member Eni Faleomavaega, the top Democrat on the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, who has asked the key leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives to correct the...

Coalition Against Reality: Deconstructing an Attack on the Hindu American Foundation

Beliefnet - 4 yearss ago
Recently, in our campaign to oppose what we believe to be a Hinduphobic, Anti-India Resolution, (H. Res. 417), an ostensible coalition calling itself the Coalition Against Genocide, and made up of...

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

Quartz - 10 months 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 - 10 months ago
Continuing to plead with attendees of the ceremony, Bhajan insisted: “Google 'Ghana Gandhi statue protest'. Your heads will hang down in shame at what Gandhi has done. He's the father...

Gandhi Statues Inspire International Public Protests On His Birthday

Sikh24 News & Updates - 11 months 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...

Activists Want to Block a Statue of 'Sexual Weirdo' Gandhi Being Built in London

VICE - 3 yearss ago
"He has been overrated and he has to be put down to earth and treated as a normal person. Don't put him in Parliament Square. He is a symbol of what women don't want." SHARE; TWEET....

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Op/Ed – Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa: A Lone Lion Roars Before Saffron India and Failed Sikh Leadership

Sikh24 News & Updates - 3 weeks ago
AMRITSAR SAHIB, Punjab—Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa, an octogenarian fasting Sikh activist has been left alone by the very Sikh leaders who once claimed themselves to be plaintiff of Bapu's stance...

Bapu Surat Singh's Son-in-Law Assassinated Two Years Ago in USA

Sikh24 News & Updates - 1 week ago
AMRITSAR SAHIB, Punjab—The pro-freedom Sikh organization, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) has announced it will mark the second anniversary of the death of former AISSF leader and son-in-law of Bapu...

British and Indian Politicians Urge Government to Release Sikh Political Prisoners

HuffPost - 2 weeks ago
This movement is led by an 84-year-old grandfather named Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa. Since January 2015, Bapu Surat Singh has committed himself to a hunger strike to help free Sikh political prisoners....

Himachal law officer's kin questioned by CBI in Kotkhai case

Hindustan Times - 22 hours ago
The six accused were identified as management graduate and techie Ashish Chauhan (29), Rajinder Singh (32) of Sharaal village, Subash Singh Bisht (42) of Pauri Garhwal, Surat Singh (29) of Nepal, Lok...

Shimla schoolgirl rape and murder: Himachal Pradesh HC orders CBI to finish probe in two weeks

Firstpost - 2 days ago
However, a new twist in the case came after Rajinder Singh allegedly murdered a fellow accused Surat Singh in the police lock-up in Shimla on 19 July. Following the gang-rape of the girl, people held...

Shopkeeper nabbed with 47 pouches of liquor in Samba

State Times - 42 minutes ago
According to a report, a party of Police Station Ramgarh in close coordination with DSB team Samba apprehended one person namely Sukhdev Singh son of Surat Singh resident of Rara, Ramgarh while...

Dr. Subramanian Swamy and UK MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi Seek Release of Sikh Political Prisoners

Sikh24 News & Updates - 3 weeks ago
NEW YORK—Since January 16, 2015, an elderly Sikh gentleman has been on a hunger strike to raise awareness about Sikh political prisoners. 84-year-old Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa began his peaceful...

Gurbani Word Of The Day: Maňtra

Sikh24 News & Updates - 2 days ago
Steadily, our unhealthy tendencies fall off. Thus, we overcome pain, sorrow, anxiety or fear. Etymology: From Sanskrit mantra (thought, prayer, spell, formula, counsel), ultimately from Indo-European...

Transfer of Jathedar Jagtar Singh Hawara Back Into Punjab Requested

Sikh24 News & Updates - 2 weeks ago
S. Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad has also appealed the Congress led Punjab government to take suitable initiatives to have Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa's hunger strike ended. Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa has...

38 KAS officers shifted

Daily Excelsior - 4 weeks ago
Mohinder Singh, Joint Director, Industries and Commerce (Development), Jammu, Firdous Ahmad Giri, Additional Secretary in J&K State Vigilance Commission and Surat Singh, Programme Officer, ICDS...

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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.