Articles by: Pieter Friedrich

“2021: Year of Fear for Indian Christians” | Dr. John Dayal Interview

“2021: Year of Fear for Indian Christians” | Dr. John Dayal Interview

PF: Hi, this is Pieter Friedrich, and today I’m speaking with Dr. John Dayal. Dr. John Dayal, who is 74, is a former newspaper editor, a researcher and author, and one of India’s senior human rights and freedom of faith activists. We are going to be discussing the issue of persecuted Christians in India. So, thank you for joining me, Dr.[Read More…]

by 10/01/2022 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
From Muslims to Christians: Impunity Drives Expanding Hindu Nationalist Violence

From Muslims to Christians: Impunity Drives Expanding Hindu Nationalist Violence

Today is the third day of my seven-day hunger-strike for the persecuted Christians of India. It has now been over 60 hours since I ate anything. CLICK TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE One thing that makes the situation of persecuted Indian Christians particularly unique is that they live in the only democracy in the world — in fact, aside from China,[Read More…]

by 09/01/2022 1 comment India
Pieter Friedrich on 7 day hunger strike against persecution of Christians in India

Pieter Friedrich on 7 day hunger strike against persecution of Christians in India

  Today is the second day of my seven-day hunger-strike for the persecuted Christians of India. As I said yesterday, 2021 was the most violent year on record for Indian Christians. In total, they suffered nearly 500 attacks — more than one every day. That’s almost four times as many attacks on Christians as were reported in 2014, the first[Read More…]

by 07/01/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Roseville City Council Rebuked for Honoring RSS’s International Wing

Roseville City Council Rebuked for Honoring RSS’s International Wing

On 15 December 2021, I continued my “HSS is RSS” tour by speaking in respectful rebuke at the Roseville, CA City Council meeting for their recent platforming and honoring of a local branch of the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), the international wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). This speech marked my fourth city council appearance in three states in two[Read More…]

by 18/12/2021 Comments are Disabled India
War-Mongering US “Expert” Frames Pieter Friedrich for Opposing RSS

War-Mongering US “Expert” Frames Pieter Friedrich for Opposing RSS

American Enterprise Institute fellow spins conspiracy theory about my criticism of Hindu nationalism When I woke on the morning of 7 December 2021 to discover that right-wing think-tank American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) Senior Fellow, Dr. Michael Rubin, had published a blistering attack on me, I was soon honored to learn that Rubin is a “neocon luminary” — that is, one of those[Read More…]

by 10/12/2021 Comments are Disabled India
California Congressman Urged to Investigate US Ambassador Atul Keshap’s RSS Meet

California Congressman Urged to Investigate US Ambassador Atul Keshap’s RSS Meet

A team of Congressman Tom McClintock’s constituents visited him on 8 November to register dissent against US Ambassador Atul Keshap’s recent meeting with the chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a paramilitary with a violent and powerful presence in India. McClintock, a Republican from the Greater Sacramento area of California, spent the better part of an hour hearing the group’s[Read More…]

by 12/11/2021 Comments are Disabled India
“The Police Are With Us”: The Bone-Chilling Chant of the RSS”

“The Police Are With Us”: The Bone-Chilling Chant of the RSS”

Speech against Irving Police Department’s honoring of RSS’s international wing   After the City of Irving, Texas’s Police Department welcomed and honored a local branch of the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, the international wing of India’s Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) paramilitary, on 21 September, I attended the very next city council meeting to explain how and why that sent a chilling message[Read More…]

by 16/10/2021 1 comment India
U.S. acting ambassador Atul Keshap with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in New Delhi on Wednesday. Twitter/@USAmbIndia

US Congressman questions Ambassador’s meeting with “violent” RSS paramilitary

“My constituents have raised concerns about our country fostering a relationship with the RSS and its leaders given the group’s painful history of violence and destruction,” wrote US Congressman David Trone (Democrat-Maryland) to immediate-past Acting Ambassador to India Atul Keshap on 30 September. Trone’s letter follows weeks of swirling controversy provoked by Keshap’s 8 September meeting with the chief of the Rashtriya[Read More…]

by 09/10/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Human Rights Watch: US Ambassador’s RSS Meet “Troubling” & “Disturbing”

Human Rights Watch: US Ambassador’s RSS Meet “Troubling” & “Disturbing”

Ambassador Atul Keshap’s meet with RSS’s Mohan Bhagwat “sent a terrible message,” says HRW’s Asia Advocacy Director “Meeting with the head of a paramilitary, ideologically-driven organization that promotes extraordinarily racist and, some might say, even autocratic ideas, is highly troubling,” declared Human Rights Watch’s Asia Advocacy Director John Sifton in regards to US Ambassador Atul Keshap’s 8 September 2021 meeting[Read More…]

by 23/09/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Why Did US Ambassador Atul Keshap Meet RSS and What Does It Mean?

Why Did US Ambassador Atul Keshap Meet RSS and What Does It Mean?

Imam Malik Mujahid (IMM): US Ambassador Atul Keshap is a temporary ambassador to India. He is Indian–American. He has met the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh — RSS, that is — its chief, Bhagwat. That’s a serious issue, but it seems to have not created any noise in America. It’s like American ambassador in Germany meeting Hitler before he came into power. But[Read More…]

by 19/09/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Eight South Asian Groups Write Letter Supporting Pieter Friedrich’s Hindutva Research

Eight South Asian Groups Write Letter Supporting Pieter Friedrich’s Hindutva Research

Letter issued to Democratic National Committee to repudiate Hindu American Foundation’s attacks I am humbled and deeply touched by the outpouring of support as eight South Asian groups have issued a letter to Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez in support of me in repudiation of a letter attacking me which Hindu American Foundation had sent to Perez in September[Read More…]

by 10/10/2020 Comments are Disabled India
Sri Preston Kulkarni’s RSS Problem

Sri Preston Kulkarni’s RSS Problem

US leadership of India’s fascist movement backs Texas Democrat In August 2019, Congressman Khanna charted a new course for the Indian-American diaspora when he commented on reportage about Tulsi Gabbard’s RSS links, stating: “It’s the duty of every American politician of Hindu faith to stand for pluralism, reject Hindutva, and speak for equal rights for Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhist, and Christians.”[Read More…]

by 10/08/2020 Comments are Disabled World
The Bravehearts Protesting in India

The Bravehearts Protesting in India

Yesterday, the 20th of December, marked the anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s release from prison after a failed attempt to seize power. While he was behind bars, he wrote his manifesto. After he was released, Hitler published Mein Kampf in 1925. In the same year, the RSS — a fascist paramilitary — was founded in India with the goal of establishing[Read More…]

by 22/12/2019 Comments are Disabled India
Why I’m Protesting: BJP’s Citizenship Bill Mirrors Nuremberg Laws

Why I’m Protesting: BJP’s Citizenship Bill Mirrors Nuremberg Laws

When Nazi Germany passed the Nuremberg Laws in 1935, they made it illegal for non-Germans to be citizens. Germans to prove that they had Aryan ancestry. India’s Citizenship Amendment Bill mirrors those Nazi laws. Instead of segregating people by genetics, it segregates them by religion. It makes religion the basis for citizenship. CAB is only the latest in a line[Read More…]

by 18/12/2019 Comments are Disabled India
Adios Modi: Urging Houston City Council to Boycott “Howdy Modi”

Adios Modi: Urging Houston City Council to Boycott “Howdy Modi”

On September 17, 2019, I attended the Houston City Council meeting to speak against the upcoming “Howdy Modi” event and urge city officials to decline participation.   Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be visiting Houston, TX on September 22 for a mega-rally dubbed “Howdy Modi.” City leaders, including Mayor Sylvester Turner,[Read More…]

by 20/09/2019 2 comments India
Speak Out For Kashmir: The Muzzling of Kashmiri Voices

Speak Out For Kashmir: The Muzzling of Kashmiri Voices

When I was a child, I used to watch these films. Films about an evil force that rose to power and swept across Europe. Films about wicked and powerful men who believed that they were better than everyone else. Films about armies invading and occupying. Films about soldiers patrolling the streets and demanding: “Ihre Papiere, Bitte” — Your Papers, Please.[Read More…]

by 02/09/2019 1 comment India
Terror Grips Kashmir

Terror Grips Kashmir

Terror grips the most militarized zone in the world after India’s Central Government terminated Jammu and Kashmir’s 70-year-old “special status” as the first step towards stripping the disputed region of statehood entirely. Internationally infamous as the world’s hottest potential nuclear flashpoint, J&K originally acceded to India in 1947 only on the condition that the newly-formed country be restricted from interfering[Read More…]

by 09/08/2019 Comments are Disabled Uncategorized
Ambassador Walter Lindner pays respects to RSS founder

Calls for German Ambassador’s Resignation Intensify

Following his official visit to Indian organization revering Nazi ideology, 2500 sign petition to recall Germay’s ambassador in New Delhi Amid international media fallout after German Ambassador Walter Lindner’s 17 July 2019 visit to the headquarters of the RSS — a volunteer organization that has enshrined Nazi and Italian fascist ideology — calls are increasing for Lindner to resign. In[Read More…]

by 24/07/2019 Comments are Disabled India
Disaster for Democracy: How The Modi Wave Has Flooded India With Fascism

Disaster for Democracy: How The Modi Wave Has Flooded India With Fascism

“In the west, we have labels,” commented journalist François Gautier on WION TV, during a panel about the results of India’s 2019 general election. “Right, left. Far-right, far-left. We keep applying them to India, where they’re not applicable. We cannot apply to India labels we use in the West. To say that the BJP is far-right is completely wrong.” The[Read More…]

by 29/05/2019 1 comment India
How India’s Ruling Party Mobilizes Indian-Americans to Win Elections

How India’s Ruling Party Mobilizes Indian-Americans to Win Elections

India is having its first national election in five years. Partisanship in India is no better than in the United States. Probably much worse. Political party choices polarize families, friends, and whole communities and every election season can be a very divisive time. No wonder then that the U.S.’s nearly 4.5 million Indian-Americans watch India’s elections with sharp eyes. A[Read More…]

by 07/04/2019 Comments are Disabled India
From Christchurch to India: How India’s RSS Inspires White Nationalist Violence

From Christchurch to India: How India’s RSS Inspires White Nationalist Violence

White Nationalist Terrorism “I have read the writings of Dylan Roof and many others, but only really took true inspiration from Knight Justiciar Breivik,” says Brenton Tarrant, the 28-year-old white Australian terrorist who gunned down 50 Muslims in New Zealand on March 15, 2019. Roof is the white man who gunned down nine black Christians in South Carolina on June[Read More…]

by 04/04/2019 6 comments World
Pulwama: A Present Moment in the Longer Kashmir Story

Pulwama: A Present Moment in the Longer Kashmir Story

While the bodies of the 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troops who died in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Valentine’s Day are only just now being laid to rest, unrest prevails throughout the Indian subcontinent in the wake of the deadliest attack on Indian security forces in the world’s hottest nuclear flashpoint in 30 years. Sabers[Read More…]

by 23/02/2019 2 comments Kashmir
Hindutva’s Poisoned Fruit and the World Hindu Congress

Hindutva’s Poisoned Fruit and the World Hindu Congress

In early September 2018, I spent four days in the Chicago, Illinois region in order to protest the World Hindu Congress (WHC). Here’s why. On September 6, I participated in a panel at the University of Chicago which formed to “Stop Hindu Fascism.” On September 7, I was honored to be invited to join a delegation which visited U.S. Congressman[Read More…]

by 25/09/2018 2 comments Communal Harmony