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US report on global religious freedom shows clear bias against Modi govt, says BJP

The BJP said the US report had a basic presumption that there is some "grand design behind anti-minority violence" in India, which is false.

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New Delhi: The US state department’s 2018 International Religious Freedom Report shows clear bias against the Narendra Modi government and the BJP, the saffron party said Saturday, asserting that its leaders had strongly deplored violence against minorities and weaker sections of society.

The report, released on June 21, alleged that some senior leaders of the BJP “made inflammatory speeches against minority communities”.

“Mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against minority communities, especially Muslims, continued throughout the year amid rumors that victims had traded or killed cows for beef,” it added.

In a statement, BJP media head and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni said, “The basic presumption in this report that there is some grand design behind anti-minority violence is simply false. On the contrary, in most of such cases, these instances are carried out as a result of local disputes and by (people with) criminal mindsets.”

Whenever needed, PM Modi and other BJP leaders have strongly deplored violence against minorities and weaker sections of the society, he added.

Baluni said India has deep-rooted democratic institutions, including fiercely independent and pro-active judiciary, which is quite capable of handling such disputes and punish the guilty.

Unfortunately, this fact is completely ignored in this report, he said, adding that the Bharatiya Janata Party under the leadership of Modi believes in “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas” (With all, development for all).

“Mega schemes launched and effectively implemented by the Modi government have benefited all the castes, religions and regions equally. BJP is indeed proud of its record in uplifting living standards of all poor, underprivileged sections of the society, irrespective of their faith and gender,” he said in the statement.

Indian people have recently reaffirmed their confidence on the development agenda of the BJP-led NDA alliance by giving Modi a massive mandate in the parliamentary election, he said.

The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and US policies to promote religious freedom around the world.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. The truth is, the Report is 100% True. The fault is, USA should have been in the list too. Strangely they seem to be all too tolerant when the whole world knows how they treat muslims. As of india… Its not modi or amit shah that is the problem. People are tired with all the problems created in the name of religeon. The 26/11 attack, the kashmir problem all in the name of religeon. When someone starts …. someone ends… I am not in support of any religion or being biased but you should expect reactions for actions… thats the way the world works. thats Natural.

  2. Baluni should spell his name as Balooney. How does he justify the Ram slogans in the parliament when the Muslim candidate was taking oath? Or perhaps, the comments of Pragya Thakur? Or, the facilitation of the people who instigated the communal riots in Muzaffarnagar by the then Culture Minister, Mahesh Kumar? We shall not mention the increased cases of lynchings!

  3. The State Department is not an NGO. It is the heart of the US Government’s foreign policy establishment. Its assessments are based on inputs from US missions abroad and the vast intelligence community. Not since Mrs Gandhi’s time has there been an institutional bias against India in the US government. This report should therefore be taken seriously. If there are factual or other inaccuracies, these should be pointed out to them. If there is room for improvement, that ought to be thought of. For that matter, reports coming from UN agencies should also be taken very seriously. All this material becomes an input for foreigners evaluating India, as an investment destination or even for something as simple as a tourist visit.

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