It is with great sadness that I note the passing this week of my dear friend and colleague Narain Kataria, President, Indian American Intellectuals Forum and charter member of our Stop Islamisation of Nations Sikh-Hindu Coalition.
Narain Kataria, left, at our Rally for Freedom Against the Ground Zero Mosque in 2010
For years I proudly stood with Narain against the forces of terror and hatred. Narain was one of the very few people who saw the jihad threat clearly and wasn’t afraid to stand against it. Back in 2010 he challenged the prevailing willful ignorance, saying: “There is no such a thing as a “War on Terror” because terrorism is only a technique, a tool, a tactic in a much larger war — Universal Jihad. Universal Jihad is a threat to the entire free word, and it is a war that can be won only if we acknowledge that it’s a war against humanity.”
Narain was a fearless defender of the Hindu people. He was at event after event, rally after rally, and always stood without apology for the truths others wouldn’t dare acknowledge, as he said: “Radical Islamists wiped out Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistan who were 25% of their population in just 60 years, driven away 350,000 Hindus from Kashmir in India and are now targeting United States.”
Read: The Muslim Jihad Against Hinduism, by Narain Kataria. Above all, stand up the way he did. Speak unwelcome and unpopular truths the way he did. Become an activist and a freedom fighter, the way he did.
Narain understood as few do the need for unity and an international coalition of foes of jihad oppression and violence, and he embodied that unity in his actions. He will be sorely missed.
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