American Hindus Against Defamation (AHAD) is the very first Hindu organization, a watchdog group, anywhere in the world, dedicated to preserve the sanctity of Hindu symbols, icons, culture and customs.
AHAD was founded in 1997 and was initially named American Hindus Anti Defamation Council (AHADC). However, due to trademark issues related to “Anti-Defamation” phrase, it was renamed to American Hindus Against Defamation (AHAD).
AHAD is sponsored by World Hindu Council of America (VHPA). AHAD brings prominent Hindu organizations together to form issue based coalitions.