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Friedrich is a freelance journalist and analyst of South Asian affairs. Learn more about him at www.PieterFriedrich.com.

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…

Speech in Michigan mosque: “We can speak — and we must speak”

On 12 October, I was humbled by the opportunity to speak in a Michigan mosque about the current situation in India and what we, living in the US, can do about it. Here’s what I said:

I’m here tonight because your brothers and sisters, your Muslim brothers and sisters…

City in Michigan questioned after platforming and praising Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh

After the City of Troy, Michigan, met with and praised a local branch of the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), the international wing of India’s Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) paramilitary, on 27 September, I attended the very next city council meeting to question the mayor and councillors about their decision to…

Immediate-past Acting Ambassador to India protested for second time for meeting fascist paramilitary

On 10 October 2021, I joined members of the Indian-American diaspora in Canton, Michigan to protest US Ambassador Atul Keshap’s recent meeting with the chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), an Indian paramilitary. This was the second protest against Keshap in a month; the first was in Sacramento, CA…

Ten diaspora groups sign joint statement calling for removal of Amb. Atul Keshap

“The nature of Keshap’s meeting with the RSS came across as a photo-op, it was public, and it platformed and promoted a violent, fascist (and many call it ‘terrorist’) organization which serves as the greatest enemy to religious freedom that Indian citizens face today,” declared ten Indian-American organizations in a…

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…

Interview with Pieter Friedrich by Muslim Network TV

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…

“Keshap has got to go,” say protestors outside US Congressman Ami Bera’s California office

As controversy continues to swirl around US Ambassador Atul Keshap’s meeting with the chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a group protested him in Sacramento, CA on 15 September 2021, which is celebrated as the International Day of Democracy.

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“Keshap has got to…

Kaleem Kawaja of Association of Indian Muslims speaks on Ambassador Keshap

It’s my pleasure today to speak on a very difficult topic, but it’s also a topic of earth-shaking importance.

A lot of people in this last 50 or 60 years have observed how much the Nazis, with their supremacist philosophy in Germany and Europe, how much damage they caused. …

Biden administration must disclose its views on RSS and its Hindu nationalist agenda

Last week, on 8 September, Atul Keshap, America’s acting ambassador to India, in literally his final act before returning home, met and staged a photo-op with the chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the world’s largest paramilitary.

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It was, said Keshap, a “good discussion” about…

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