Tuesday, 29 November, 2022


‘Religious freedom in India remains poor’, says USCIRF, cites arrest of Zubair, Setalvad

The US panel said policies like anti-conversion laws create a 'culture of impunity' for harassment and violence towards religious minorities, particularly Muslims and Christians.

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'.

India rejects USCIRF report on religious freedom, minorities, calls it ‘biased and tendentious’

The USCIRF recommended that India and 14 other nations, where religious minorities are under increasing assault, be designated as "countries of particular concern".

CAA, NRC could render huge numbers of Indian Muslims stateless, says Ashutosh Varshney

At USCIRF hearings, Brown University professor Ashutosh Varshney said the implications of CAA are horrendous and put Indian Muslims in danger of being oppressed.

‘Inaccurate, misleading’: India says US panel’s comments aimed at politicising Delhi riots

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) had issued a strong statement condemning the communal riots in parts of Delhi.

‘US commission has no locus standi’ — India says criticism of citizenship bill unwarranted

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar says citizenship bill should be welcomed and not criticised by those “genuinely committed to religious freedom".

Religious freedom in India under attack in Modi era, says US govt body

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom says Modi govt is 'encouraging' mob violence against minorities.

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Italian PM vows cooperation during India's G20 presidency

India can open a new chapter in ties with Italy. Rome knows real intent of China’s outreach

India and Italy can easily support each other in gaining access to areas where they have limited presence, and should also relaunch the discussion of the trilateral partnership with Japan.
Representational image of workers at a construction site | ANI

GDP data this week will indicate FY23 outlook. But analysis shows growth still below pre-Covid yrs

Analysis of industrial & consumer data not included in usual ‘high-frequency indicators’ shows although demand seems to have recovered from pandemic, it remains weak.


Illustration: Soham Sen | The Print

Modi govt moves with Arunachal Frontier Highway, among India’s ‘toughest’ projects yet, China in mind

The 2,000 km-long highway will be of strategic importance to military. Same equipment used on other side of LAC being deployed to carry out work on tough terrain, say officials.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.