Hindu American Foundation Speaks at Roundtable Hosted by Council on Foreign Relations

Washington, DC (March 23, 2008). The Council on Foreign Relations, the highly influential nonpartisan Washington DC based think tank, held a roundtable meeting yesterday entitled "Hindu Activism in India and America: Implications for US-India Relations." Aseem Shukla, M.D., co-founder and member of the Hindu American Foundation Board of Directors, was an invited speaker at the meeting that was moderated by Luis Lugo, Director of The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Walter Andersen, Associate Director of the South Asian Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University and Ram Madhav, national spokesman of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), completed the panel.

"We had an extensive and engaging discussion on the nature of Hindu activism and advocacy in the U.S., in India and throughout the Hindu diaspora," said Dr. Shukla after the meeting. "Our meeting allowed HAF to explore its focus on human rights, how it affects U.S. and India relations, and how the nature of Hindu American advocacy, led by second generation Hindus, is home-grown, distinct and unaffiliated with that in India."

The panel was organized by Timothy Samuel Shah, PhD, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Religion and Foreign Policy at the Council.