Who We Are
The US INDIA FRIENDSHIP COUNCIL (USIFC) is an educational and advocacy organization.
USIFC focuses on educating the public about Hindus and Hinduism and advocating for policies and practices that ensure the well-being of all people and the planet.
We work directly with Educators and Journalists and Politicians to ensure accurate understanding of Hindus and Hinduism. We also work with policymakers and key stakeholders to champion issues of concern to Hindu Americans, including defending civil and human rights and protecting all living beings.
Inspired by our guiding principles and Hindu teachings, USIFC promotes dignity, mutual respect, and pluralism.
USIFC is a non-partisan, non-profit tax-exempt public charity pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)3.
Promoting dignity, mutual respect, and pluralism in order to ensure the well-being of all people and the planet to thrive.
USIFC is politically agnostic and non-partisan, meaning we are informed, but do not favor or endorse any one political party or its positions. We will work with all individuals and institutions committed to and constructively engaged in promoting dignity, mutual respect, and pluralism. USIFC is not affiliated with any religious or political organizations or entities. USIFC seeks to serve Indian Americans regardless of race, color, national origin, citizenship, caste, gender, sexual orientation, age and/or disability.
Our positions are based on a relentless pursuit of facts; deep consideration of Hindu principles and American values, such as freedom, equality, and justice; and the input of subject matter experts. If we like a policy, we’ll say so, and rigorously substantiate our position.
USIFC positions will always be based on our guiding principles. And we will always advocate for what we believe is rooted in Hindu Dharma, and serves the well-being of Hindus and the greater good of all.
Events Hosted By USIFC
Programs to Promote Dharma :
- Swami Vivekananda 150th Birth Anniversary Chicago 2013
- World Hindu Congress 2018
- Protest against CNN for anti-India series
- Protest against Pakistan Supported Terrorists Pulwama attack
- Support rally for removal of 370 and 35 A
- Support Rally for Citizenship Amendment Act 2019
- Shree Ram Janmabhoomi
- Protested Mamata Banerjee’s August 2018 USA visit which was finally cancelled: Click here
- Protest against Supreme Court Sabarimala verdict in October 2018: Watch Video
Frequenty Asked Questions
Is USIFC a non-partisan, non-profit organization?
Yes. USIFC is a wholly independent, American organization. It has absolutely no affiliation or ties to any organizations or political parties in the US or abroad. USIFC was founded by second-generation Hindu Americans born and raised in the United States.
We do engage and partner with a broad and diverse spectrum of stakeholders on a range of issues. Partnership in no way indicates an endorsement of the views of such stakeholders, or that we agree on all issues and all possible solutions. It does mean, however, that we’re willing to set aside differences in order to constructively work towards solutions on shared areas of concern.
What is USIFC’s political ideology?
advocate on a range of issues, which provides opportunity to work with lawmakers and stakeholders on different sides of the aisle. Our position on every issue is based on a relentless pursuit of facts, and deep consideration of Hindu principles and American values, such as freedom, equality, and justice.
Issues we work on that commonly garner the support of lawmakers and stakeholders which might be considered center-left, progressive, liberal, or moderate include: equal protection and due process, voting rights, right to privacy, separation of church and state, gun safety reform, women’s access to healthcare, hate crime prevention, marriage equality, immigration reform, environmental protection, and the ethical treatment of animals.
Issues we work on that commonly garner support of lawmakers and stakeholders which might be considered center-right, conservative, classical liberal, libertarian, or moderate include: free speech, international religious freedom, human rights, national security, counter-terrorism, and immigration reform.
USIFC works to promote dignity, mutual respect, and pluralism, and regardless of the issue, believes a secular, democratic form of government is most conducive to ensuring and upholding these principles.
Does USIFC advocate for people of all faiths?
While our focus is on the wellbeing of Hindus, we also work to ensure that all people and the planet thrive. We believe that this is possible only when and where dignity, mutual respect, and pluralism are nurtured and sustained. That’s why we promote these three principles.
Standing up for the rights of Hindus and other minorities around the world does require us to highlight current and historical discrimination, subjugation, and violation of human rights committed by members of other religious communities. This does not mean we are against other religions, but stems from the belief that factual integrity is necessary to raise awareness, seek justice, and end suffering.
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