Narain Kataria’s Speech:
Brothers and Sisters: Shalom:
I feel privileged and honored for your giving me an opportunity to speak before you. I am really thankful to the organizers of this Rally. I am living in this country for the last 40 years. America has given me freedom of religion and liberty of expression. Unlike Islamic nations, the American government does not force its citizen to accept Islam or say they would be killed or driven out of that country if they do not.
Dear friends like many Jewish people I am also the victim of Islamic Jihad. I am the survivor of the Partition of India that took place in 1947. I was 17 years old when Islamists forced Hindus to divide British India into two parts in 1947 – Hindu India and Islamic Pakistan.
I was living in that part of India which is now called Pakistan . Since I was a Hindu, my life was made miserable by Islamic police and Islamic militia. I was hounded out by Radical Islamists. Many of my friends and colleagues were singled out, chased and brutally killed. Thousands of Hindu and Sikh girls were gang raped by fanatic Islamists. More than 10 million Hindus and Sikhs were driven out of the region that is now called Pakistan .
In 1947, there were 23% Hindus living there in Pakistan . Today the Hindu population in Pakistan has been reduced to 1% in just 60 years. All the others have been ethnically cleansed.
The same thing happened in Bangladesh . The Hindu population has been reduced from 35% in 1947 to 9% in 2010. More than 400,000 Hindus were driven out in 1989 from Indian ruled Kashmir . These Hindus are living as refugees in their own country.
Today we Hindus are here to express our sympathy and support to Israelis who are surrounded by militant and fanatic Islamic nations armed with deadly weapons. Islamic nations want to wipe out Israel from the world map. Let me tell you, Israel is the frontier of the free World. Once we lose Israel , we lose the free world. I repeat, once we lose Israel , we lose the free world.
The cowardly and politically correct media and its apologists have no idea as to what they are dealing with. It is not just Jerusalem the Islamists are claiming; they are claiming Kashmir, Chechnya, Philippines, Sudan, Nigeria, Londonistan, Parts of France, Spain, Belgium, Holland and several other countries – and eventually the whole world. They want all of us to surrender. They want to subjugate all of us. They want to plant the Islamic flag in London , They want to plant the Islamic flag at in Washington . They have openly stated that they want to establish the supremacy of Allah all over the USA , in India , in Israel and everywhere else. Dear Brothers and Sisters, we have to resolutely and unitedly face this menace of terrorism.
We both – Hindus and Israelis – are the oldest surviving civilizations. We both have been the victims of Islamic terrorism for more than a thousand year. Hence, we both are the natural allies.
At the moment Israeli is under attack by radical Islamists. Israel is the only democratic country in the Middle East . It has every right to exist. We fully support Israel ’s right to exist as a free nation within its rightful borders.
GOD BLESS AMERICA###Narain Kataris is president of Indian American Intellectuals Forum