Asks Indian Americans to contact CNN to cancel it
US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), the advocacy organization of the Indian American community, asks CNN not to broadcast the show "Believer with Reza Aslan" that is to air on Sunday, March 5, 2017 @ 10 PM EST. Aslan's sensational piece on Hinduism and Cannibalism talks about a fringe sect called Aghoris in India, and presents it as the face of Hinduism. CNN story on Hindu rites and cannibalism is completely baseless. Most Hindus are vegetarians and uphold non-violence. USINPAC strongly protest CNN and Reza Aslan's portrayal of Hinduism in this narrow fashion.
With multiple reports of hate-fuelled attacks against people of Indian origin from across the US, the show characterizes Hinduism as cannibalistic, which is a bizarre way of looking at the third largest religion in the world.
Majority of Indian Americans are Hindus. This show will create confusion about Indian Americans faith and make them further targets of hate crimes. USINPAC appeals to all Indian Americans to contact CNN to pull this episode off the network, especially after 4 recent attacks on Indian Americans.
USINPAC Chairman Sanjay Puri remarked, “We are very disappointed. This is an issue that is of deep concern to the Indian American community evidenced by the large number of calls/emails we have received. In a charged environment a show like this can create a perception about Indian Americans which could make them more vulnerable to further attacks.”
The US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) is the voice of over 3.2 million Indian- Americans and works on issues that concern the community. It supports candidates for local, state and federal office and encourages political participation by the Indian- American community. Visit www.usinpac.com for more details.