Friday, January 23, 2015

Suit Seeks To Require Foreign Terrorist Designation For Hindu Nationalist Group

The Hindu reports that Sikhs for Justice filed a declaratory judgment action in a New York federal district court last week seeking to require Secretary of State John Kerry to designate an Indian Hindu nationalist group as a "foreign terrorist organization."  The lawsuit claims that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has targeted Muslim, Sikh and Christian minorities in an attempt to turn India into a homogeneous Hindu nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party has ties to RSS. Last week a New York federal district court dismissed on immunity grounds a suit brought directly against Modi for his alleged role in Gujarat anti-Muslim rioting in 2002. (See prior posting.)