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Stop tax exemption status to US Hindu 'far-right hate group', demands diaspora coalition

By Our Representative A coalition of human rights organizations in the United States have filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), as well as the attorney generals of Texas and Mississippi, calling for an investigation into the Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF), a Texas-based Hindu far-right hate group. GHHF activities should be precluded “from receiving tax-exempt status” as its “hateful activities fall well outside the scope of those governing charitable or religious institutions”, said a media communique issued by the coalition.
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