Monday, June 24, 2024
Advertisement
  1. You Are At:
  2. News
  3. World
  4. 'Propaganda against India': MEA rejects US report which alleges BJP of 'reinforcing discriminatory policies'

'Propaganda against India': MEA rejects US report which alleges BJP of 'reinforcing discriminatory policies'

The statement came a day after the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) alleged that last year, the Indian government failed to address communal violence disproportionately affecting Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Dalits, Jews, and Adivasis (indigenous peoples).

Edited By: Ajeet Kumar @Ajeet1994 New Delhi Updated on: May 02, 2024 18:08 IST
bjp
Image Source : PTI An artist painting a logo of BJP (REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE)

India on Thursday rejected the report of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom that accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of "reinforcing discriminatory nationalist policies" and said the organisation is completely 'biased' and doesn't even expect from the organization to understand the country's diverse, pluralistic and democratic ethos.

"The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is known as a biased organization with a political agenda. They continue to publish their propaganda on India masquerading as part of an annual report," Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said at a press briefing on Thursday.

No expectation from USCIRF: MEA 

"We really have no expectation that USCIRF will even seek to understand India's diverse, pluralistic and democratic ethos. Their efforts to interfere in the largest electoral exercise of the world will never succeed," he added. 

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom is a US federal government commission created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and the leadership of both political parties in the Senate and the House of Representatives. 

What USCIRF claims 

Earlier on Wednesday, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) alleged that last year, the Indian government failed to address communal violence disproportionately affecting Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Dalits, Jews, and Adivasis (indigenous peoples).

"In 2023, religious freedom conditions in India continued to deteriorate. The government, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), reinforced discriminatory nationalist policies, perpetuated hateful rhetoric, and failed to address communal violence disproportionately affecting Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Dalits, Jews, and Adivasis (indigenous peoples). Continued enforcement of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), and anti-conversion and cow slaughter laws resulted in the arbitrary detention, monitoring, and targeting of religious minorities and those advocating their behalf," the report said. 

"Both news media and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) reporting on religious minorities were subjected to strict monitoring under FCRA regulations. In February 2023, India's Ministry of Home Affairs suspended the FCRA license of the Centre for Policy Research, an NGO dedicated to reporting on social issues and state capacity, including discrimination against religious and ethnic minorities. Similarly, authorities raided the offices and homes of NewsClick journalists, including Teesta Setalvad for her reporting on anti-Muslim violence during the 2002 Gujarat riots," it added.

(With inputs from agency)

Also Read: MEA rejects media reports which claim Indian spies expelled from Australia for trying to 'steal secrets' 

 

Advertisement

Read all the Breaking News Live on indiatvnews.com and Get Latest English News & Updates from World

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement