US lawmakers urge India to control radical religious elements

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Washington, Sep 30 (UNI) A resolution was introduced in the US House of Representatives yesterday calling on the Indian government to take all necessary steps to restrict the reach and resources of ''radical religious elements'' that cause violence periodically, including the incitement of violence against minorities.

It exhorted all Indians of different backgrounds to set an example to the rest of the world on how a peaceful diverse society can work together.

The resolution was sponsored by Congressmen Todd Akin, Frank Wolf, Joseph Pitts and Thaddeus McCotter (all Republicans) and James McGovern (Democrat).

The Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations of North America (FIACONA), in a statement, welcomed the resolution and criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its affiliates for waging a campaign against minorities ''to fulfil their political agenda''.

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