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US Congresswoman moves resolution to ‘promote Hindu-nationalist agenda’ against India

Representative Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota, attends a panel during a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders in Clive, Iowa.—AP
Representative Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota, attends a panel during a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders in Clive, Iowa.—AP

US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has presented a resolution in the House of Representatives where she condemned human rights abuses in India and called on Secretary of State Antony Blinken to designate India as a “country of particular concern”.

resolution Appeared on the Congress website on Thursday. It based its arguments on a recent report published by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

The resolution cited the USCIRF’s 2022 annual report as saying that “the Indian government increased the promotion and enforcement of policies – including promotion of a Hindu-nationalist agenda – that address Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Dalits and other religious communities”. negatively affect minorities”.

The resolution cited the report as saying that “the government (of India) has sought to streamline its ideological vision of a Hindu state at both the national and state levels through the use of existing and new laws and the country’s anti-religious structural changes.” continued. Minorities.”

The report pointed to the government’s “repression of religious minority leaders and a voice for religious pluralism in India”.

The resolution also highlighted the “serious risks of the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Registry of Citizens for Indian Muslims, including the possibility of millions being left stateless or subject to indefinite detention”.

It referred to the attacks on religious minorities, especially Muslims and Christians, in the report.

“Many of these incidents were violent, unprovoked, and/or encouraged or incited by government officials,” the report said.

Referring to a press conference during which Blinken called India the world’s largest democracy, the resolution said he had said: “We have seen increasing attacks on people and places of worship.”

“We are concerned about the targeting of many religious communities in India, including Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindu Dalits and indigenous communities,” Rashad Hussain, the senior ambassador for international religious freedom, told the same conference.

The resolution also cited a State Department report published on June 2, 2022.

read more, ‘Indian policies discriminate against Muslims’: US State Department report

The proposal was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

US Congresswoman moves resolution to ‘promote Hindu-nationalist agenda’ against India

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