Vinod K. Jose, in an article entitled ""Obama Advisor's Disturbing Affiliations In India", explains that Sonal is linked to a Hindu extremist group.
The economist of Indian origin on President-Elect Barack Obama's transition team, Ms. Sonal Shah, has one dubious credential on her resume--her relationship with the Hindu extremist group, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). This militant group was held responsible for the genocidal pogroms against Muslims in the western Indian state of Gujarat in 2002 that killed 2,000 people and rendered 100,00Read the rest of the article here.
homeless. Ms. Shah was the "National Coordinator" for the VHP in North America. So the lingering question is: why hasn't the Obama team vetted enough on Ms. Sonal Shah's Hindu extremist connections?
Sonal Shah denies that she is connected to "Indian right wing organisations like RSS and VHP" according to a report in IndianExpress.com.
Professor Vijay Prashad who wrote the excellent monograph "The Karma of Brown Folk", is chief among those raising questions about Sonal Shah's extremist connections. See his article entitled "Obama's Indian" for additional discussion of Sonal Shah.
HT to Prasanth for bringing the excellent webjournal Counter Currents.Org to my attention.