The USCIRF Report – Recently the newspapers were full of reports lambasting India for allegedly failing to provide ‘Constitutional and Legal Rights to Religious Minorities’ in India.
A certain Dr Iqtidar Karamat Cheema from the University of Birmingham, England, has been responsible for compiling this report, under the auspices of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). USCIRF claims to be ‘an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission, the first of its kind in the world’, responsible for monitoring the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad.
Even at first glance, the premise of such an organization is ridiculous. But no more so than the Report itself. To avoid charges of Ad Hominem, we at tfipost.com will first deal critically with the report itself- before discussing the UCIRF itself and the persons who authored the Report itself. The Report and the Carers of the persons involved are a matter of public record, and thus can be accessed by any dedicated researcher.
STATISTICAL LACUNAE IN THE REPORT: The First thing of Note any critical reader will notice about the Report that it completely and utterly lacks ANY quantitative or statistical references altogether. The few that it does contain are not only laughably out of date, but invariably from either past USCIRF reports themselves or from unverifiable reports, mostly from evangelical news posts. Another interesting trait of the references Dr Cheema does use, is his habit of referring to judicial decisions, often taken decades earlier. All throughout, the trait that does remain constant is the absolute lack of ANYTHING even resembling true statistical analysis and data within the reports. The one point where Dr Cheema does seem to take any interest in quantitative analysis is where he bemoans the state of SC/ ST rights in India where he says: ‘The majority of Dalits live on less than US$1 per day. Every week, thirteen Dalits are murdered… Three Dalit women are raped and eleven Dalits are assaulted every day’. Frightening numbers- and I know several readers will undoubtedly bemoan rightlog’s ‘Brahmanical’ dismissal of Dr Cheema’s numbers- but facts are facts. In a population of 1.2 billion- including roughly 300 million SC/ STs, these numbers are low. Also- there seems to be little sign that any factual analysis was even done.
Firstly- ALL crimes against SC/ STs are assumed by Dr Cheema to have been committed by Hindus. This is an absurdity- as if Hindus are monsters who worship demons.
Secondly, Dr Cheema seems to completely ignore the existence of communities of Dalit Muslims or Dalit Christians, estimated to make up almost 30% of the entire SC/ STs population- and who are known to be worse off than ‘Hindu’ Dalits since, unlike Hindu law, Christian and Muslim Civil Law are silent upon their very existence.
Third- and most important- it is natural for total number of crimes against a community to increase when the size of the community increases in a society. This is not Casteism; this is mere logic. Using Dr Cheema’s own sources in Indiaspend, we find that the states reporting most crime against SC/ STs hold true to this logic; crime rate increases with population. But that is in no way proof that SC/STs are being explicitly targeted. The states that do buck this trend, on the other hand, can be divided into two categories: – States with almost 100% SC/ST populations such as Mizoram and Nagaland, and states like Goa with massive Dalit Christian populations. What is the common link here? Not BJP. Not even the Congress. Readers can observe the facts by themselves.
Even the paltry analysis rightlog has done here is exponentially more in scope than what one can find in the USCIRF Report. We can only wonder what else has been missed.
LEGAL LACUNAE IN THE USCIRF REPORT: The basis of any country’s existence is a set of National laws to be obeyed by all its citizens. In this aspect, it is lamentable that even seventy years after independence, India doesn’t have a Uniform Civil Code for all its citizens. This travesty of Governance has been turned upon its head in the USCIRF report. Apparently- it is UNEQUAL RIGHTS FOR RELIGIONS that are the epitome of Civilization, a case of affairs not even the worthies of the United States where USCIRF is based have managed to pull off yet.
Dr Cheema alleges that the Indian Constitution favours ‘a particular religion’, pointing out to the provision that the Kerala Government must maintain the Hindu temples in the former state of Travancore in Kerala. This is baseless- both because it is Hindu temples that have to be registered and pay taxes, not mosques nor churches. A travesty if there was one!
That the Hindus- used again and again as a synonym for the Government of India, a mode which we will copy as well- infringe upon the rights of minorities like Jains and Sikhs. This is patently ridiculous; it is not that Sikhs and Jains and Buddhists follow ‘Hindu’ law. It is that Muslims and Christians refuse to integrate completely by following a Uniform Indian Civil Code.
Dr Cheema whines that the ‘Hindus’- that is, the Indian government- have put in no safeguards for the rights of Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims. Not two pages before he says such onerous lies, he himself outright misquotes the Bhagavada Gita to state that the Caste System is a fixture of Hinduism alone- and not something common to almost ALL civilized societies across the World.
Earlier, Dr Cheema had vehemently described that Christianity or Islam promote ‘equality’! Readers who protest my words- are requested to leave and read upon the Burakamin of Japan or the Social Order in Europe. Even now- tribes in the Middle East live in a strict order of hierarchy and many can’t intermarry; the old talk that Casteism is endemic to India alone is nonsense! The word ‘Caste’ itself isn’t from any Indian language!
DOUBLESPEAK AND SHEER ANTI-HINDU VITRIOL: Indiafacts out it best in its recent coverage of USCIRF: ‘Both, US state department and USCIRF, report are littered with double standards. USIRF defends powerful mullah’s religious-freedom to describe Hindu festivals as ‘demonic’, but a Hindu youth allegedly insulting Islam on Facebook is anti-Muslim discrimination. Influential mullah’s high-profile media interviews can foment violence and USIRF has no problem with it. USIRF opposes the mullah’s arrest, but not the youth’s arrest. Minister Jyoti, a Dalit woman, describing political opponent as bastard is twisted into anti-Muslim discrimination. Alarmingly, USCIRF does not condemn attack on Hindu ashram and the massacre of 5 people, including 84-year-old Monk, women, and children. USCIRF does not defend Hindu monk’s right to propagate his religion; instead, it wrote that Monk Saraswati was fomenting violence against Christians. USCIRF also opposed court verdict declaring seven Christians guilty of massacre. USCIRF is crying wolf over alleged church vandalism, but is silent on the sinister attempt to blame Hinduism for 2008 Mumbai bombing.’
Readers who bother reading Dr Cheema’s drivel will come away with the impression that Hindus are slavering vermin, eager only for blood and violence. That it is Hindus who have been the victims in 99% of all riots to have raged over the land, that it is Hindus whose population is in freefall across most of India, that it is Hindus whose festivals are mocked, whose histories are disregarded, whose culture, whose identity are held up for mockery and disdain in the post glittering party halls of Lutyens Delhi and South Mumbai. What should that Hindu do? Die?
Readers should not be surprised if certain persons in the USCIRF- especially the current Chair, the Jesuit Priest Thomas Reese- have heard phrases similar to that question. The butchery of pagans in Europe, the Americas, Australia, Japan, and parts of India form part of the grand narrative in the history of the Church’s spread. By merely stating so- I am skirting the bounds of what passes for ‘Free Speech’ in the country.
Again, to quote Indiafacts, ‘In India, the number of abuses heaped on Hinduism vastly exceeds abuses heaped on others, but India’s Supreme Court has never punished a publisher for insulting Hinduism. In contrast, five publishers were punished for insulting Islam or Christianity. 80% of all hate-speech arrest, or censor, is for insulting non-Hindu religions. ‘
Needless to say, we violent Hindus have responded to these gifts of the Courts in kind. So, violent have Hindus been that out of the 110,000 odd Indians who have been killed in terrorist attacks in the past 35 years, 99.87% have been from non-Hindu terrorism.
Of course- one will be hard=pressed to know this from DR Cheema’s sources. They are even interesting indeed.
A huge chunk of Dr Cheema’s data comes from the usual suspects in the Mainstream Indian Media- the Anti-Hindu and others. But he also borrows no small amount of material from foreign sources like BBC- whom we will talk about latter- and Al Jazeera from the charming nation of Qatar- known primarily for oil and slavery and funding ISIS. One wonders what they think of Hindus?
Even better- as it turns out- multiple sources used by both Dr Cheema directly as well as from the Sites he uses as sources are heavily dependent on the idea of Investigative Journalism, best typified by the keen-eyed and cunning correspondents of the Global Investigative Journalism Network. Inspired from the premise of such a phrase, rightlog conducted its own investigative journalism and found:-
‘The Global Investigative Journalism Network is a non-profit organization registered in the U.S. state of Maryland. Most of its budget comes from foundation support in the form of grants and, to a lesser extent, from in-kind contributions, conference fees, individual donations, and speaking and consulting fees. Contributions for U.S. taxpayers are 100% tax deductible.
GIJN receives generous core support from the Open Society Foundations, which has supported GIJN since its founding as a loose network in 2003, as well as from the Netherlands-based Adessium Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Oak Foundation, the Reva & David Logan Foundation, and the Bay and Paul Foundations.’
This extends to the other Sources Dr Cheema has utilized as well. A certain organization incredibly for a media agency and analysis portal- has no verifiable contacts nor communication details listed anywhere on its site It describes itself as a ‘Charitable Trust’ in Mumbai. Another has a history of association with individuals in secessionist movements in the North-East. Yet another, is known for employing people with histories in Greenpeace and other ‘banned’ organizations. Yet, another- and this is closest to the case- is an organization called the South Asia Citizens Web. This organization is little more than a wall of anti-Indian tirades, directed from a Marxist- Islamist perspective.
Interestingly, there are almost NO public records anywhere regarding SACW or its members.
The few names that do appear in context of SACW reappear again and again in context of its associates and the organization which owns the SACW internet domain- Secular India’s Growth and Harmony (SINGH) Foundation. Both are part of the famed Coalition against Genocide (CAG) – known for being one of the largest and most powerful anti-Hindu bodies in the USA.
But why is CAG powerful? Because it has not a single organization, but an alliance of over forty Human Rights’ Organizations based in North America.
There is one problem in this.
Most of CAG’s organizations either have been inactive for years or do not exist at all.
What does link CAG to SACW is the body International South Asia Forum (INSAF), which appears to share most of its staff and organization with the afore-mentioned SINGH and SACW. In conclusion, all these organizations are what is called, Shell Organizations.
Wikipedia describes Shell Organizations: – ‘Shell corporations have been used to commit fraud… There are also shell companies that were created for the purpose of owning assets… shell companies are used for tax evasion or tax avoidance.’
Again, and again, similar names appear and reappear in these morasses of Fake firms and Shell companies.
Vijay Prashad- an infamous Marxist- is known for his attacks upon India and Israel, and Leal support to such august organizations as the tyrannical Democratic Republic of North Korea, the Islamist anti-Israeli force of Hamas, and the insurgent group called the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
Biju Mathew- a Christian Marxist- noted for his anarchist views and writings in supporting of armed rebellion, directed against what he terms ‘authoritarian’ states such as India and Israel.
In conclusion- Dr Cheema, for his report- uses data and interpretations of data from Sources that: –
Have a vested interest in India remaining open to the depredations of Christian missionary movements in the so-called 10/40 Window, and thus are inimical to Hinduism and India in general.
Have a record of employing or being founded by Individuals holding ideologies that have been responsible for widespread unrest in India- such as Communism, a marked disdain for Hindus and Hindu culture in general, and a record of support for secessionism.
Have a record of association with violent extremists and full-blown, mass-murdering forces.
To even deign to associate with such bodies is a mark against any organization or individual who pertains to be part of the Civilized World. It is not a visa that should be sent to these individuals- but an investigative contingent from the Government of India to ensure either them or their associates do not damage the integrity and security of the Republic of India.
So- who is this Dr Iqtidar Cheema?
Dr Cheema is ostensibly a professor of International Relations from the University of Birmingham, England. What he is more famed for are his vitriolic attacks on Hindus and the Government of India under the NDA as well as State Governments allied to it.
The link age between the British intelligentsia and the Islamist factions arrayed against Hindus and India is long known. Even back in the pre-independence periods, it was not unknown for the same British officers who were torturing Indian heroes like Bose and Singh and Patel to be wining and dining Jinnah with the best cigars and tobacco at the same time. As late as 2008, the commenter Alasdair Pinkerton of the noted Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television ‘suggested a tumultuous history involving allegations of Indophobic bias, particularly during the cold war, and concludes that BBC coverage of South Asian geopolitics and economics shows pervasive Indophobic bias’. Thus, it is not surprising that Dr Cheema- a doyen of the British establishment- is known not only for his complete ignoring of Hindu persecution across South Asia- but for actively describing Indians themselves as terrorists!
As such- Dr Cheema has been a consistent proponent of the idea of Hindu terror.
Earlier this year, he penned a juvenile diatribe against India accusing Indians and RAW of funding terrorism against Pakistan and lauding Pakistani general Raheel Sharif for ‘dozens of RAW agents killed and arrested in Swat, FATA and Punjab in recent times… The confiscation of Indian origin explosives, ammunition. But what about Proof? Far be it for Dr Cheema to bother with such childish notions like ‘proof’. Instead he contents himself with juvenile diatribes like ‘RAW obviously feel embarrassed that 20 years junior ISI has surpassed it in terms performance. Feeling outstripped and bested, RAW’s is intriguing against ISI.’ May we at rightlog suggest a few hours with a copy of Wren & Martin?
He has also been responsible for other, more vicious articles where he accuses the Government of India of carrying out terror attacks upon its own citizens for distracting us from… what, exactly? All statistics- not only by Indians, but by foreign bodies- demonstrate that the economy is growing each year, the military is stronger than ever, the governance is robust.
It is almost unexpected that Dr Cheema has been repeatedly featured in Khalistani propaganda channels where he attacks the Akali Dal Government of Punjab as a ‘police state’ which uses ‘police force has continuously been used to harass and insult political rivals. An endless campaign of lodging false FIRs against political opponents has also been initiated. Use of brutal police force and baton-charge has become a routine.’ Often it is Dr Cheema himself who writes the propaganda- such as when he declares the famous desecration case of the Guru Granth Sahib as the ‘handiwork of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)’- even though it had been uncovered by the Tribune to have been a case of goons paid by Australian evangelist organizations.
But why single out our friend, Dr Cheema?
James Zogby, a vice-Chair of USCIRF, has been accused by an American career diplomat of ties with Hamas. The other commissioners are hardly friends of India- consisting of a motley crowd of Christian evangelists and Jewish academicians.
But indeed- any discussion of the relative merits and demerits of said individuals should have no place in the discussion at all!
They along with their proponents should dissuade themselves of the presumption that they are in any position to judge anybody else regarding anything. Mere ‘degrees’ or ‘publications’ do not change the fact that increasingly, Liberal academia, has become an incestuous bed of nepotistic cry-babies. In the West, these ‘intellectuals’ try to lynch innocents on the streets- for merely daring to speak their mind. In India, they run around burning flags and crying litanies to secessionists and terrorists.
For all the bile, the Republic of India gets- in not one case- no matter how many secessionists, terrorists, Maoists, and rebels it has effaced- have the officers of the Republic ever fired the first bullet.
Though they have often fired the last.
The puerile chorus of the disdainful Liberal hordes or the mirthful praises of the host of lotus-eaters masquerading as the World’s conscience- a conscience that has happily slumbered through the illegal execution of Saddam Hussein, the unlawful murder of Gaddafi, the unending rape of Syria and Yemen, the wars across Mali and Israel and Turkey- cannot be used to judge the morality of the Republic- succourer of more than one billion human beings and defender of the world’s oldest civilization.
Nobody has appointed these Westerners- neither the blood-soaked Security Council nor the Puppet UNGA- to gauge us with their fanciful weights and scales, to lecture us about the dictates of their faux bloody morality. Indians seek neither their approval nor their edification- if only because these are quite clearly for sale at the price of a common whore. And why not? If the great democratic utopia of Saudi Arabia can become the head of the UNHRC, why can’t Indians?
So- what explains this egregious collection of anti-Hindu an anti-Indian bile being peddled as a report by an organization, self-declared monitor of ‘the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad’?
For this- we have to go back twenty years, when the valiant forces of the West were hard-pressed in helping the Kosovan ‘Liberation Army’ and Albanians ethnically cleanse Serbians from the former Serbian province of Kosovo. This conflict was marked by illuminating displays of Human Rights- such as NATO planes bombing Serbian civilians, NATO fighter jets reducing a Chinese embassy to ashes, NATO-backed mercenaries and goons allegedly kidnapping and torturing dissidents and protestors. As late as 2010, former members of NATO-backed death-squads were known for criminal activities within the former warzones.
Part of the justification for such murderous displays of naked Imperialism- as well as a triumph of the US Democrat Foreign Policy- was to induct Liberal-Islamist opposition to their fell deeds by making the latter arbitrators of ‘religious freedom’. As a result- Kosovo was passed off as a fight for the religious freedom of ‘Muslims’, even though Islamic states like Malaysia and Pakistan cried themselves hoarse arguing for NATO war crimes to stop.
The USCIRF committee which appears to have reviewed the Report has never been an ally of Hindus.
We find the USCIRF suffers from a very peculiar myopia when it comes to the idea of Religious freedom. Consider this- Christian militias run entire countries in Africa ragged. Religious freedom in the USA itself is a joke- with minorities attacked regularly. Ukraine is in the midst of a neo-Nazi revolt. Australia sets up concentration camps for Muslims. Yet- fascinatingly, not ONE country under the Vatican’s control features in USCIRF’s much-vaunted list. And if there are certain readers who would cry ‘Hindu Taliban’ in response to our charges, to them I ask- ‘what if there Is a country that does provide personal rights to Muslims, that was ignored by the USCIRF until it turned out to be a danger to the Obama administration, and is now in USCIRF’s Risk list?’
Will you decry India even then? I hope not- for the answer is Russia. Let me remind readers that very few European states allow Muslims any specific personal rights; even the very hijab is banned in many European states.
The USCIRF is a Christian-supremacist body. Any other conclusion is nonsensical.
In all its history, USCIRF has been headed by one and one kind of person only- Far-right Christian Conservatives. In all of USCIRF history, only one person of Indian origin has figured in its lists- and that too, an atheist liberal. No Hindu has ever figured in USCIRF’s lists- either in the past or today. And of those who have?
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, once spokesman of the Amercian Catholic Church, served as USCIRF Commissioner from 1999 to 2001 and according to the New York times, is known for his skill in handling missions for the Catholic Church in sensitive areas like the Middle East and Vietnam. What missions we don’t know- but according to former Benedictine monk, Doctor, and Whistle-blower, Mr AWR Sipe: ‘There is documentation that records McCarrick’s sexual activity and sleeping arrangements with seminarians and young priests even when he served as the first bishop of Metuchen after serving as an auxiliary bishop in New York.’
The next Commissioner, Bishop William Francis Murphy (Served 2001-2003) is best known for his care of children. In 2003, The office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts reported: ‘There is overwhelming evidence that for many years Cardinal Law and his senior managers (Bishop Murphy is identified in the report as a senior manager and a top archdiocesan official) had direct, actual knowledge that substantial numbers of children in the Archdiocese had been sexually abused by substantial numbers of priests.
Ricardo Ramirez was involved in covering up scandals- including the brutal rape of three little boys. Their sister would describe Bishop Ramirez’s actions as ‘raping my brothers all over again.’
Charles Chaput is known not only for suppressing news of sexual abuse by Christian priests but also influencing elections.
Richard Land described Hinduism as ‘superstitious’ and ‘cruel’. His organization, the Southern Baptist Convention’ has been said to have equated Hinduism with Devil Worship.
The current USCIRF commissioner Reverend Thomas Reese is a worthy fit for the position, having once penned an article attacking the media for giving ‘disproportionate’ coverage of paedophilia by priests in comparison to Hollywood. Readers are advised to look up the word ‘apologist’.
It is mildly amusing to note that among all the litanies penned by USCIRF’s busybees on child workers, child rights, Hindus bothering children with their long rituals etc in the past few years- NOT EVEN ONE REPORT DESCRIBES THE CHURCH PAEDOPHILIA SCANDAL. Readers can go check for themselves.
The question- Who watches the Watchmen- has never been more pertinent.
Why is the USCIRF silent on the massive land grabbing by the Church in South India, and its growing control over political matters?
Why is the USCIRF silent on the sex scandals that have rocked the Church in India? Nuns were raped in Kerala. Silence. Hindus were relentlessly attacked for rapes that proved to have been committed by Bangladeshis and Christian tribals. Silence. The Church almost dragged India to arms over a minor scuffle in Sri Lanka. Silence.
Why is the USCIRF silent over the insurgencies in the North East and the Red Corridor, insurgencies that so many believe has links to the Christian organizations? Silence.
Why is the USCIRF silent among the dismal state of Hindu Human Rights? Are Hindus not human?
The answer is- NO.
As already described- Christian priests are obligated to believe that Hindus are demon-worshippers. This is scripturally ordained- and cannot be ‘reformed’ away. The bible says in the Corinthians about ‘idol-worshippers’: ‘they sacrifice to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to become participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and also the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and of the table of demon.’
(Here, some secular Readers might cone to say- Hindus shouldn’t pray to idols. It’s given in the Vedas or Vivekananda or something. To them, I ask- HAVE YOU NO SHAME? Your ancestors fought and died for those idols! Those idols were ancient when Civilization was young! And if you feel pain in bowing to that wooden statue of Lord Jagannath, why do you run after people who bow to wooden sticks on walls or stones in Arabia?)
A mere two years ago- as USCIRF was protesting Modi’s oppression of ‘religious minorities’, Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison, senior Fellows at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., noted that the USCIRF had always been suspiciously silent on the subject of Saudi Arabia-backed Wahhabism.
Roughly around the time, The Washington Examiner notes that the Clintons raked in some $48 million in Saudi donations to their various operations. The Senior Fellows also call out the complicity of the English-speaking media in this unholy nexus: – ‘ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos has managed to stay very quiet about these matters. He’s not questioning the former President about any of this. He was the one who said: “The Clintons have no shame and that’s a great advantage in politics.” With his own record of secret donations to the Clinton foundation, it would seem that Stephanopoulos, too, shares that great advantage.’
Denying visas to a coven of known Hindu-haters, Christian radicals, and nest of associated of convicted Paedophiles is likely the wisest decision the Indian government has ever taken. No amount of umbrage over the media can suppress that truth.