Indo-American appointed to US panel on religious freedom
May 24, 2003 21:23 IST
Indian American Preeta Bansal was appointed to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom on Saturday.
Senate majority leader
Senator Thomas Daschle appointed the Harvard-educated Bansal, who had served in the Clinton administration as a special counsel in the White
Bansal also served as a law clerk to supreme court justice John Paul Stevens. Recently, she served as solicitor general of New
Welcoming her appointment, the president of the Federation of Indian American Christian Organisations, Jayachand Pallakonda,
said she has a good understanding of religious issues confronting South Asia, especially India, and that would 'help her to be a strong voice
to speak out against the persecution of religious minorities there'.
The chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee for the
Federation, J Prabhudoss, said he is looking forward to working with Bansal in highlighting such issues as the condition of Pandits in Jammu
and Kashmir as well as the 'plight of the Christian and Muslim populations at the hands of Hindutva ideologues in India'.
This is the
first time a Hindu has been appointed to the commission, whose members are nominated by the legislative and executive branches. There have been
complaints in the past that the commission has members of the Christian, Jewish, Islamic and Bahai faiths, but no Hindu.
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