Former Vice President Hamid Ansari and four US lawmakers have expressed concern over the current human rights situation in India.
He was speaking at a virtual panel discussion organized by the Indian American Muslim Council on Wednesday.
India has rejected allegations by foreign governments and human rights groups that civil liberties have been violated in the country.
“As the Indian government continues to target the practices of minority religions, it creates an environment where discrimination and violence can take root. In recent years, we have seen an increase in hate speech and acts of hate online, Including the vandalism of mosques, the burning of churches, and sectarian violence,” said Democratic Senator Ed Markey, who has a history of taking anti-India stances, including opposing the historic Indo-US civil nuclear deal during the Manmohan Singh regime. is included.
Participating in the panel discussion from India, former Vice President Hamid Ansari expressed his concern over the growing trend of Hindu nationalism.
“In recent years, we have experienced the emergence of trends and practices that dispute the well-established doctrine of civic nationalism and incorporate a new and hypothetical practice of cultural nationalism. It differentiates citizens on the basis of their beliefs. wants to fuel intolerance, signal otherness and promote unrest and insecurity.”
Three other Congressmen who spoke during the panel discussion – Jim McGovern, Andy Levine and Jamie Ruskin – have taken a traditionally anti-India stance, even when New Delhi has governments in power.
Ruskin said, “India has a lot of problems with the issue of religious authoritarianism and discrimination.”
“Therefore, we want to ensure that India remains on the path of respect for religious freedom, liberty, pluralism, tolerance and dissent for all,” he said.
“Sadly, today the world’s largest democracy is lagging behind, seeing human rights attacks and religious nationalism,” Levine said. Since 2014, India has dropped from 27 on the Democracy Index to 53. And Freedom House reported. Partly freed India from independence.” said.
According to a media release issued by the Indian American Muslim Council, McGovern, co-chair of the powerful Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the US House of Representatives, listed several warning signs, indicating India’s “dangerous backsliding” on human rights.
The Government of India has insisted that India has well-established democratic practices and strong institutions to protect the rights of all.
The government has emphasized that the Indian Constitution provides adequate protections under various laws to ensure the protection of human rights.
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