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Ministries and the ministry CEO, Dr. Stanley Chester, told
truthorfiction.com that his son wrote it from India.
According to Change.org, the website
of the office of the President Elect, Sonal Shah, is named on the
transition team. Shah is an Indian-American,
the head of
Global Development Initiatives at google.org and formerly employed by
Treasury Department and National Security
Parishad (VPH) is an international Hindu organization, which was
founded in India in 1964 and an offshoot of the Rashtriya
(RSS), the Indian Hindu Nationalist Organization. This
organization was linked to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948
and banned three times in India when the government considered them a
threat but then later lifted the bans.
News of Anti-Christian
violence in the western area of the Indian state of Orissa resulting in
many deaths and more than 20,000 people homeless.
On November 2, 2008,
the Indian news agency Sify reported that a letter written by five
bishops was read to congregations in churches across Orissa on Sunday
voicing their agony over the failure of response by state and central
government to the the acts of violence . The bishops
wrote, "The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the
Bajrang Dal have been blamed for the violence against Christians, the
majority of whom are tribals, after the two organisations retaliated
following the August 23 killing of VHP leader Swami Laxmanananda
Saraswati and four of his aides."
The India Times said on 11/10/08 that three Indian-American groups held a
protest in New York over Shah's appointment, "claiming that she is
closely associated with the VHP and warned against Hindutva
"infiltration" into the power centres of the US society."
Shah denied any such links in an economics
section of the India Times dated November 12, 2008, saying "that her
'personal politics' have nothing in common with the
views espoused by the VHP, the RSS, or any such organization’’, and she
has always “condemned any politics of division, of ethnic or religious
hatred, of violence and intimidation as a political tool’’.
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11/11/08, The Deccan Herald, a news service in New Delhi said
there was a connection with the RSS through Shah's father,
Shah. According to this article the Shah family immigrated to the
United States in 1970 and have been active with RSS overseas
activities. The article said, "Shah’s father had headed the Ekal
Vidyalaya Foundation, which collects funds from the US residents to
support the tribal schools in India run by Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad, one
of the oldest RSS outfits working in the tribal areas in India."