Ahmedabad, September 1: AFTER Narendra Modi in 2005, it is now Ram Madhav who has come under fire from organisations in America. The RSS spokesperson’s scheduled meeting with US State Department officials has been widely criticised, with around 20 South Asian American Organisations launching a protest against it.
The organisations have deplored the fact that the scheduled meeting would give “unprecedented legitimacy” to the RSS and its “militant ideology”. The coalition of organisations has requested the US authorities not to lend legitimacy to the organisation as the State Department officials in the same manner as it would not to spokespersons of US racist organisations.
According to a press release, the coalition says it cannot fathom how the US State Department may benefit by meeting Ram Madhav of the RSS, which was founded with the sole purpose of establishing a theocratic Hindu state.
Many of the organisations currently protesting Ram Madhav’s meeting had come together last year to form the Coalition Against Genocide. A group of 40 organisations had launched a concerted campaign to protest Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to the US in 2005.
As a result of the campaign, the US authorities had denied visa to Modi under the Immigration and Nationality Act section 212 [a]  [g] which makes any foreign government official who was responsible for or directly carried out, at any time, particulalarly severe violations of religious freedom ineligible for a visa to the US.