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

Team alerts Congressman Tom McClintock to violent Indian paramilitary

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…

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…

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