Plano Star Courier: Indian American Muslim Council’s annual convention sets call to action to uphold human rights in India and US

In a celebration for diverse communities across North Texas, the Indian American Muslim Council held its annual convention at the Plano Event Center on Saturday, Oct. 14.

The central theme for the event was a global call to action to uphold democracy and human rights for all. The event saw day-long panel discussions on human rights both in India and in the United States, in addition to a bazaar full of vendors selling a diverse range of products, including books, art, South Asian apparel, children’s toys and more.

The bazaar also included displays depicting key historical events of Islamic practice in India.

After a prayer led by Plano’s own Dr. Zafar Anjum, Imam at Colony Masjid, Shaikh Omar Suleiman delivered the convention’s keynote address.

The key theme throughout the speaker’s address and the rest of the evening revolved around putting religious differences aside to create a better India, according to a press release from the Indian American Muslim Council.

One of the primary pillars of the council is to promote common values of pluralism, tolerance, and respect for human rights in both the United States and India. The organization aims to increase awareness of issues the Indian community faces in the United States, while promoting inter-faith and inter-community understanding among minority groups – particularly focusing on the Indian Diaspora – in America.

More information on the organization can be found at

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