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Protests against Sonia's UN visit

Pro-Hindutva groups in the US have planned a protest against the Cong chief representing India at the UN on Oct 2.

world Updated: Sep 08, 2007 14:10 IST

A group of pro-Hindutva organisations in the US have planned a protest against Congress president Sonia Gandhi representing India at the UN in New York on October 2, when Mahatma Gandhi's birthday will be observed as International Non-Violence Day.

They feel Sonia Gandhi is not a true representative of India and not the best person to deliver a speech on non-violence at the UN.

The protest has been organised by the New York-based Forum for Saving Gandhi Heritage which seems to have been recently floated for this protest and supported by the Mahatma Gandhi International Foundation, the Indo-Caribbean Council, the Kashmiri Pandits' Association, the Indian American Intellectuals Forum and others.

"The peaceful protest will take place in front of the UN headquarters building for two hours on October 2 afternoon. There will also be relay fasting at Gandhi statue in Central Park," Sunanda Thali, a volunteer with the Forum for Saving Gandhi Heritage, told IANS.

They have already taken out ads about the protest in Indian ethnic papers here. The ads and the forum's website detail how "in thought, word and deed Sonia (Maino) Gandhi is direct contradiction to Mahatma Gandhi".

First Published: Sep 08, 2007 11:10 IST