Wednesday, 5 October, 2022
TopicReligious freedom

Topic: Religious freedom

‘Ill-informed comments’: India slams US report on religious freedom

Reacting to the US State Department religious freedom report, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said vote bank politics is being practised in international relations.

Slipping since 2014, India ranks 119 out of 165 in Human Freedom Index by US-Canada think tanks

Annual Human Freedom Index, by Cato Institute in US and Fraser Institute in Canada, has used 82 indicators to rate countries from 2008 to 2019.

Allahabad HC not first court to say beard not part of religious freedom for ‘disciplined force’

Allahabad HC this month rejected the plea of a UP Police constable challenging the departmental inquiry initiated against him for having a beard.

‘Too good to be true’ — former CEC Quraishi on Pew survey on religion in India

Former CEC SY Quraishi said Pew survey does not account for the prevailing 'hate discourse' and 'polarisation' in the country.

Interfaith couple booked for religious conversion in violation of Uttarakhand law

The woman converted to Islam without informing her parents or the district authorities prior to her marriage as required under Uttarakhand Freedom of Religion Act, an official said.

US report cites cow vigilantism, CAA, Article 370 to note religious ‘discrimination’ in India

In its annual Report on International Religious Freedom, US State Dept says senior officials of Trump administration repeatedly raised these concerns with Indian counterparts.

US is India’s enemy when it calls out treatment of minorities, friend when Trump hugs Modi

Recently, USCIRF slammed India for violence by non-state actors committed against religious minorities, designating it as a  'Country of Particular Concern'.

Pakistan rejects US report on religious freedom, dubs it ‘unilateral and arbitrary’

Pakistan's Foreign Office said the move was detached from ground realities of the country and raised questions about the credibility and transparency of the exercise.

India informed US Congress about citizenship bill before it was moved in Lok Sabha

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which has triggered several protests across India, has now been cleared by both Houses of Parliament.

Kartarpur corridor is religious diplomacy at work, a promising new trend around the world

Pope Francis' historic visit to the UAE and Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince building an Abrahamic Family House show the increasing acceptance of religious diplomacy.

On Camera

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The BMW i4 eDrive40. Photo Credit: BMW

Ukraine crisis gave auto sector a crude shock. See how India is responding

The PLI scheme as well as other sops for manufacturing, show that despite some public missteps, government is trying to coax manufacturing into India.

Indian refiners scout for oil deals ahead of EU ban on Russian crude imports

European Union ban on Russian crude imports from 5 Dec will drive European refiners to buy more Middle East oil, putting them in competition with Asian buyers.

Defence

File photo of a BrahMos firing by a Su-30 MKI | Credit: IAF

IAF to increase Sukhois armed with BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with over 500km-range

The IAF currently has 40 SU-30 MKI with BrahMos, the only supersonic cruise missile in the world.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.
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