Denis McDonough, who is currently the Chief of Staff, asked her to draft a defence for them to look into.
“A presidential transition is always a time of wild rumors and unfounded gossip, so I’d like to set to rest a few baseless reports that have been circulating on the Internet,” she wrote in another email the same night. “First, I’ve never been affiliated – in any way, shape or form – with any Indian political party or similar group. To clear up one false rumor: I’ve never been affiliated with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh , or any such organisation. I’ve never been involved in Indian politics, and never intend to do so,” Shah wrote. “Second, my personal politics have nothing in common with the views espoused by such groups. I’ve always condemned any politics of division, of ethnic or religious hatred, of violence and intimidation as a political tool,” she said. “Third, some Internet rumors have attempted to link me to Hindu nationalist groups through a variety of tenuous connections: Relief work I’m proud to have helped coordinate following the Gujarat earthquake of 2001, or cultural and religious affiliations of some of my family members, or apolitical humanitarian work… I have no ties to any such groups, and never have,” Shah said. Shah was later appointed in the Obama administration. From Apr 2009 to Aug 2011, she served as the Director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the White House.