Obama Appointee With Possible Indian Terrorist Links -Truth! but She Denies It Reflects Her Views!
Obama Appointee With Possible Indian Terrorist Links -Truth! but She Denies It Reflects Her Views!Summary of eRumor: An email from Torch Light Ministries concerning allegations of terrorist links with an Indian nationalist group and Ms. Sonal Shah, a recent appointment to the Barack Obama's transition team. The Truth: This email was sent out by Torah Light 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 Council Official.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VPH) is an international Hindu organization, which was founded in India in 1964 and an offshoot of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (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’’. click for article
On 11/11/08, The Deccan Herald, a news service in New Delhi said there was a connection with the RSS through Shah's father, Ramesh 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." click for article. updated 11/12/08
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
Obama Appoints Indian Terrorist
Shalom in Him
Obama Appoints Terrorist The news of Obama winning the Presidency was heard the world over, even here in the jungles of India. The Muslims across this country are ecstatic that Obama won the election and now the Hindus are happy too as he has appointed Ms. Sonal Shah to his team.
Shah has been the national coordinator for VHP-America and is a well-known name here. What people in America don’t seem to know is that the VHP is a branch of the RSS, the party which is responsible for the torture and murder of hundreds of Christians in Orissa nearby.
Some of you may remember the past reports I’ve recently sent you concerning the RSS. I wrote about their terrorism schools in India where they promote hate and violence towards Christians. In one report I wrote that it’s not just here in India, they are worldwide and are even “in your backyard”. Well, now they are in your government!
It didn’t take Obama long to start placing terrorists on his team, but even I am surprised it was this soon.
The Christians here are stunned. They can’t understand how a U.S. President would hire someone connected to the deaths of Believers in their country. I’m still trying to figure out how to explain it to them.
They are aware that Shah was also an active member of the VHPA, the US branch of the most virulently fascistic outfit within India. So the Believers here who were looking towards the U.S. to help stop the atrocities here in this part of the world have now lost their hope as they feel they have been left to the wolves.
The charred remains of a Christian woman burned alive by the
RSS which is now supported by Barack Obama
We are still raising support to get our Yeshiva students out of this area. If you can help, it would show them that not all believers have forgotten them. It would help them to understand that there are Believers out there who still care.