DATE: May 2, 2005

LOS ANGELES, CA: Dr. Mihir Meghani, President of the Hindu American Foundation (HAF), met with Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (http://www.wiesenthal.com/), on April 20, 2005. Dr. Meghani and Rabbi Cooper discussed human rights problems in general, and those faced by Hindus and Jews in particular. Rabbi Cooper expressed deep concern at the growing anti-Semitism in Europe and America, the threat of Islamist terrorism, and the worrisome decline in the Jewish population in the U.S. and the consequent loss of and threat to Jewish identity.

Dr. Meghani highlighted the problems facing Hindus worldwide. Some of the topics discussed included laws and government policies in India that unfairly discriminate against the Hindu majority population and a political culture that repudiates the 5,000 year old Hindu heritage of India. He also expressed concern about the non-pluralistic views of the new Pope, aggressive proselytization campaigns funded by Christian agencies targeting Hindus and Buddhists, Islamist terrorism, and Hinduphobia pervasive in the media and academia worldwide.

Both leaders agreed to work together to promote tolerance and harmony by continuing to explore common values and themes that would bring Hindus and Jews closer together for a better world. Dr. Meghani thanked Rabbi Cooper for extending his hand of friendship to Hindus and for his recent visit to India. Rabbi Cooper thanked HAF for its leadership role in the Hindu American community and the Hindu civilization for being one of the only civilizations that in its long history has never persecuted Jews.

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