Thanks to US Muslim Coalition Efforts ‘Branded Cities’ Refuses to Run Adverts for Hindutva Groups at Times Square

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 A lone person walks in the rain in a mostly deserted Times Square following the outbreak of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York onMarch 23, 2020. — Reuters file photo

Clarion India

NEW YORK — A coalition of Muslim groups in USA  have announced that a top advertising company Branded Cities which runs the  digital advertisement board for NASDAQ in Times Square have “refused to run digital advertisements” for right-wing Hindu groups planning to showcase images of lord Ram on billboards in Times Square.

Several Muslim groups have come together in US as a coalition to promote  the casue of Babri Masjid. The coaltion is comprises of   Indian Minorities Advocacy Network- ImanNet, Justice for All, Coalition of Americans for Pluralism in India  CAPI,North American Indian Muslim Association NAIMA, Islamic Circle of North America -Social Justice ICNASJ and  The International Society for Peace and Justice .

The right-wing sections of the Indian diaspora have hired the advertising space in Times Square to display images of Lord Ram and 3D pictures of the upcoming Ram temple in Ayodhya to mark the occasion of ground-breaking that will take place in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

According to a statement put out by the coalition, Dennis Levine of Branded Cities confirmed the decision to not run the advertisements. The company  “also reassured that Branded Cities and Nasdaq oppose the demolition of Babari masjid and will never allow any supremacist groups to run their advertisements”.

In 1992, a Hindutva mob led by leaders of political parties descended on Ayodhya and demolished a grand Mughal-era mosque in broad daylight as the government was accused of being complicit in providing security to the mosque. The right-wing forces resorted to mob justice despite the mosque-temple dispute being fought in the legal court. The demolition of the mosque triggered a wave of anti-Muslim violence across towns and cities of India.

After nearly three decades, in November 2019, the Supreme Court of India passed a landmark verdict in the long-standing Babri Masjid title suit, clearing the way for the construction of a temple at the site.

Dr Shaik Ubaid, the President of ImanNet called this “a great victory for pluralism, human rights and rule of law”.

The statement claimed that ImanNet has been urging putting pressure on the mayor of New York, the City Council of New York , the governor, senators and members of House of Representatives to stop the right wing Hindu groups from advertising on Times Square billboards.

Dr Ubaid talked about the consequences of the rise of right wing Hindu ideology in the US.  He said that the advertisement controversy gives them an opportunity to educate influential Americans about India’s  RSS and it’s fronts like the VHP and BajrangDal.

The statement posted contact information of the city officials urging the people to reach to them for action against the advertisement.

Apart from this coalition, Indian American Muslim Coucil announced that they will be holding a press Meet to protestTimes Square celebration of Ram Temple event to be held in Ayodhya India on August 5.

Earlier South Asia Solidarity Initiative (SASI), a New York-based political collective of volunteers, announced that it will hold a disruption protest against the showcasing of Hindu deity, Lord Ram images on Times Square billboards

22 COMMENTS

  1. Why is Branded Cities standing by Muslim groups who represent factions that have caused havoc and violence in the world whereas Hindus followed india’s Institutional legal system to get resolution on the Ram Temple issue? Sounds like Branded Cities is standing up for Hinduphobia whenHindus are one people that have never caused any violence in the world! Shame on you, Branded Cities!

  2. This is the result of historic facts being distorted by the intelectual limitations of the Western Islamicphobia! History needs to be rewritten. Invading cultures last only as long as native ignorence prevails. Shree Ram represents Dharmic order in living. Not convertion to a blind faith based on fales promise of heaven by creating hell on earth.

  3. It is extremely troubling that you so called liberals don’t see your own bigotry.

    Lord Ram’s temple is a symbol of positive forces winning over destructive forces that tried to force their religion brutally on the natives.

    While the holy site meant a lot to the hindus (it is the birth place of their Lord), for muslims it was just a piece of real estate without any spiritual significance (in fact Islam prohibits building mosques over other places of worship, also masjid wasn’t used since 1940s because of the idol inside)

    Honestly, it is nauseating that the so called Liberal system is happy about this whole denial of Hindus their right to celebrate an important day in their lives

  4. This decision and action is totally wrong by the government of India as it does care the sentiments of its nationals. The prime minister if India us for all sections if the society not only for one he belongs to.
    However in Shaa Allah one day very soon the almighty Allah subhanahahu wa taala will definitely make justice with us and others the government of India is making atrocities with continuously.

  5. The descent of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ culture to the level of barbarians of 500 years ago. An illegal demolition of an historic Baburi masjid ( no valid proof that a temple existed on the spot and was demolished to build the masjid) to build a Ram temple in its place.

  6. Someone tell these IDIOTS that Babri Masjid was build on a Ram Mandir after the Mughal Invaders(Muslim Terrorists) destroyed that Hindu Temple.

  7. Assalamalaikum:
    If you sincere and stand for justice and equal rights, the Devine help is sure to come.
    Great job 👍🙏👏

  8. I am so proud of the collective effort of Muslims in America to beat back the spread of fascist forces of Indian origin in America and very thankful to Branded Cities and Nasdaq for refusing to propel the fascist agenda in the land of the free and the brave!!

  9. In Britain, similar tussle happened . In the end, The party that supported Muslims , lost election. History will be repeated in USA. Democrats, are you heeding ?

  10. In Pakistan where Hindu temple is a dream whereas in Hindustan Muslims take the most facilities leaving majority Hindus back. They enjoy all religious freedom. The structure called Babri masjid was built on by demolishing a Hindu temple, the main Rama temple. The structure was brought down to restore the Rama temple.

  11. Muslim has always suppressed Hindus
    They have raped Hindu girls in the name of Islam that is okay with New York Mayor well what can I say about him
    After 500 years letter finally Hindus getting
    Some dignity
    Apparently Muslim extremist & who hold views like that
    Will hold apposition

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