US President-elect Obama named Indian-American policy wonk Sonal Shah as a leader of a key policy working group, ignoring charges from Indian groups in the U.S about her alleged links with radical Hindu groups.
The groups protesting the appointment had asked her to clarify her position.
India has seen a surge in fascist nationalist violence in the name of hinduism. Sonal Shah has family based links to several of these groups, and she once raised funds for one of the fascists outfits, during an earthquake disaster. Sonal Shah has since issued a statement that sought to distance herself from the associations.