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New Delhi: The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has expressed its shock and horror at the senseless and vicious massacre in Oslo, Norway, by Anders Behring Breivik, a right wing extremist.
“The Indian American Muslim Council, and the Indian Muslims of America extend our condolences and sympathies to the families of the innocent victims of this great tragedy, and stand shoulder to shoulder with the great people of Norway in this time of crisis,” said Shaheen Khateeb, President, IAMC.
The IAMC also expressed its concern about the claimed ideological connections between Norway’s and India’s right wing parties.
IAMC is the largest advocacy group of Indian Americans in the US with chapters in ten US States.
Brevik devoted 102 pages of his manifesto hailing India’s Hindu nationalism, and called the ‘Hindutva’ groups closer to those of his own Justiciar Knights. Breivik further considered the Hindutva groups as a critical partner in a universal struggle to end democratically elected governments all over the world. “It is essential that the European and Indian resistance movements learn from each other and cooperate as much as possible. Our goals are more or less identical,” wrote Brevik.
Brevik had also put links to BJP and RSS website in its manifesto.
“IAMC is deeply disturbed at the emerging nexus between European, and Indian fascist groups. We urge Law Enforcement agencies in India, Norway, and all democratic nations be allowed to infiltrate and contain this scourge of racist and anti-Muslim bigotry,” said Khateeb.