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Control radical religious elements, US tells India

September 30, 2008 10:42 IST

A resolution was introduced in the US House of Representatives on Monday 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, in a statement, welcomed the resolution and criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party and its affiliates for waging a campaign against minorities "to fulfil their political agenda".