On July 27, 2002, Rediff.com reported that when Sadhvi Rithambara, a former prominent Hindu politician in India, spoke at reception, in Queens, New York, "40-odd angry demonstrators protested her presence with placards accusing her of communal bloodshed... Watching the demonstrators was a visibly shaken Uma Mysorekar, president of the Hindu Temple Society... ' The temple did not know she was going to speak. They just booked the hall. If we had known she was an extreme radical at one time, we would have never allowed this event to happen... I am a proud Hindu and I think the organizers have done great injustice to the temple. They could have gone somewhere else,'" Mysorekar said.