When the International Day of Living Together in Peace is being observed world over, today, religious minorities are hounded in India under Narendra Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party.
A report released by Kashmir Media Service in connection with the day deplored the silence of the international community over Hindu extremists calling for genocide of the Muslims in India and occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
The day aims to promote peace, tolerance, inclusion, understanding and solidarity. However, Hindutva extremism is an important source of violence in contemporary India. Non-Hindu communities are living in a perpetual state of fear on account of the discriminatory policies of PM Modi’s administration and tolerance of religious violence by Hindu-supremacists against vulnerable minorities at the state level.
Modi’s fascist government has created a culture of impunity for nationwide campaigns of harassment and violence against religious minorities.
India being the so called champion of democracy is exposed in Human Rights Watch report 2022. In annual report for 2021, US Commission on International Religious Freedom that recommended India be placed on a religious freedom blacklist for the second year in a row. Religious freedom and foreign policy recommendations to US President, US Congress and Department of State called for India to be designated as a “Country of Particular Concern” (CPC) for “egregious religious freedom violations”.
The report added that Indian religious minorities have nothing to celebrate on Int’l Day of Living Together in Peace as they continue to face persecution and Indian state terrorism is wreaking havoc on their lives, especially on Kashmiris in IIOJK.
India is becoming increasingly intolerant under fascist Modi while the ruling BJP is on a mission to purge India of its minorities as Muslims and other minorities are subjected to second class citizens in today’s India.
It is time for world rights bodies to come forward to save religious minorities in Modi-led fascist India.
Disclaimer: Minorities in India under Modi have nothing to mark Day of Living Together in Peace - Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not necessarily reflect Latheefarook.com point-of-view