National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Against the backdrop of the rising Hindu supremacist movement in the United States, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) raised its support for a demand an FBI and CBI investigations on several Hindu extremist right-wing organisations.

An NAACP branch in Bergen County, New Jersey, has released a letter supporting a resolution passed by the Teaneck Democrat Municipal Committee (TDMC) on September 12 seeking investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) into these Hindu organizations.

“US-based groups that adhere to this hate-filled ideologies have been known for their connections with India’s Nazi-inspired fascist organization, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), whose offshoots and affiliates carry out mass violence against India’s religious minorities, especially Christians and Muslims, as well as lower-caste Hindus,” the NAACP said.

The resolution passed by TDMC urged state governor Phil Murphy; two US Senators from the state, Bob Menendez and Cory Booker; and Congressman Josh Gottheimer to seek FBI and CIA investigations into Hindu American Foundation (HAF), Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA), SEWA International, Infinity Foundation and Ekal Vidyalaya, among others.

“The FBI and the CIA should step up [their] research on foreign hate groups that have domestic branches with tax-exempt status,” the NAACP resolution said.

Mentioning the recent events in Edison and Ridgewood in New Jersey, the TDMC resolution said, “TDMC understood the impact, lack of knowledge about extremist groups, and its supporters has on elected officials, religious organizations, and communities.”

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