U.S.-Backed Imam Gets Cool Reception in India; Many Muslims Skeptical of Mission
Byline: Shaikh Azizur RahmanTHE WASHINGTON TIMES
CALCUTTA - A speaking tour by the Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University has exposed a conundrum for the State Department's public diplomacy program: The mere fact that the visit was sponsored by the Bush administration left many Indian Muslims unreceptive to the message.
The chaplain, Imam Yahya Hendi, was in India for three days late last week to debunk myths about the status and treatment of Muslims in America, much as he has done in State Department-sponsored trips to the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
The visit, arranged by Karen Hughes' two-year-old public diplomacy office at the State Department, …
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Publication information: Article title: U.S.-Backed Imam Gets Cool Reception in India; Many Muslims Skeptical of Mission. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: March 15, 2007. Page number: A13. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2007 Gale Group.
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