US Congress members express concern over religious discrimination, intolerance and violence in India

By Muslim Mirror Network

WASHINGTON, D.C—A United States Senator and two members of Congress were among panelists at the International Religious Freedom summit here this week who voiced their concerns about what they describe as Indian government’s promotion of widespread practice of religious discrimination, intolerance and violence.

They were speaking at a panel discussion on “Religious Freedom in India: Challenges & Opportunities,” organised by Indian American Muslim Council, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that advocates for human rights, religious freedom and civil liberties in the US and India.

“I remain seriously concerned about the Indian government’s commitment to protecting the rights of minorities, including the 200 million Muslims in India,” said US Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA). “The government’s targeting of social and political activities and crackdown on free speech and their religiously motivated discrimination against minorities cannot be viewed in isolation as escalating nationalism threatens to undermine India’s longstanding oath to democratic values. I will continue to stand up for these principles in the United States Senate, and I will encourage India to do the same.”

He added: “India has long had an admirable commitment to pluralism. It is the world’s largest democracy, whose bonds with the American people continue to grow, but the United States is right to speak up and speak out when a fellow democracy and strategic partner fails to protect the rights of all their people.”

US Rep. Marie Newman (D-IL) declared: “In the last seven years, hundreds of Muslims just walking down the street have been attacked by vigilante mobs, they have been lynched. It is a travesty of justice, and I am horrified by it.”

She noted that acts of violence are not only targeting religious minorities, but social and political activists, lawyers, journalists and students.

“Our own report from the US Department of State, released by Secretary Blinken in 2020, speaks at length about the persecution of India’s Muslims and Christians. The report said, and I quote, ‘there were reports of religiously motivated killings, assaults, riots, discrimination, vandalism, and actions restricting the right of individuals to practice and speak about their religious beliefs.’

“India’s equity and standing in the eyes of the world are severely damaged already. Freedom House has downgraded its rating for India’s democracy from being free to partly free. That is heart breaking. Persecution of the entire sections of society especially, when backed by governments, is a recipe for a future filled with disaster. We must do better. We must pressure both our adversaries and our allies to support human rights around the world.”

US Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI), who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is vice chair of the subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and nonproliferation, first visited India in 1978 fresh out of high school. Since then, he has traveled, studied and worked throughout the country.

As a panelist, he expressed sadness that, “The India of Narendra Modi today is not the India I fell in love with.”

Levin referred a report released by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom released describing Hindu nationalist policies resulting in systemic ongoing and egregious violations of religious freedom. The report describes attacks on religious freedom in India that occurred throughout 2020. From disinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic that targeted religious minorities, to attempts to ban interfaith marriages, to riots in Delhi where more than 50 people died and 200 were injured, most of them Muslims.

“All of these examples are deeply upsetting, but perhaps what is most alarming about this report to me is the fact that these attacks are not new.” Levin declared. “They are part of a pattern we have seen becoming increasingly clear and prevalent under Prime Minister Modi.

“Why would I be so critical and so publicly critical of a country that I love?” he asked. “The answer is it is because I love India that I am committed to ending these attacks on its people. It is because I am so passionate in my support for the vibrant democracy I came to know as a young man, that I want to see that democracy flourish for generations to come.”

Levin pledged to continue to work with the Biden Administration and his Democratic and Republican colleagues to determine how US policy can help bring an end to the abuses in India today.

“And I will hold tight to the belief that India is a democracy and can and will be a democracy for all of its people, one that embraces the human rights and dignity of every single person.”

 

11 thoughts on “US Congress members express concern over religious discrimination, intolerance and violence in India

  1. Good, keep on working. As per your statements, there’s almost nothing you guys can do. Considering the fact that you first had to sing praises of India and then were allowed to express mild discomfort. The days of Indians looking towards racist white men for gratification are far behind, We give two fucks 🖕🖕 about what you think about us. Oh, and first, take care of the Blacks, the Latinos and the Native Americans who struggle to get 2 meals a day and then maybe comment on our issues.

    1. Gobar-bhakts sense is limited to elephant 🐘 headed creature riding on his mouse 🐁 vehicle. America 🇺🇸 is great 👍👌

    2. Boycotting misogynist rape calling necrophilliacs like Mola Ram HINDUTVADI ISIS YOGI of Uttar Pradesh 200 million BIMARU state for economic investment & channelling to more benign regions as the Cyberabad is a win-win for all civic minded Indians

      1. Yes, that’s why a BIMARU jumped from no. 6 to no. 2 even surpassing secular states like telangana and tamil nadu. You wanna move to Cyberabad, jokes on you, I don’t see alot of muslim software engineers or IT companies having offices in Owaisi’s constituency.

    3. Katter goo aka IT cell bhangi

      Talking out of your lying stinkular Hindu ass as usual. You don’t give a sh1t about Blacks, Latinos and other minorities in America, in fact you Hindu hypocrites LOVE racist white men, which is why you were bending over like eager dogs for Trump and Netanyahu. Hindus worship whites because of your inferiority complex bred into genes via the inhuman Hindu caste system. You do care what others think which is why you troll and bridge social media and websites with your Hindutva lies….because the truth cab’t be hidden and the world knows what a fascist Hindu sh1thole India has become. Speaking of meals, you can’t get even a meal a day, sh1tting in the open, not even able to able afford oxygen in hospitals. You’re bhikaris pretending to be kings.
      You care because Hindus have a well earned bad reputation…this is why you malnutrition monkey worshippers are leaving India because you have no future there…willing to sell your kidneys to get work visas to work in Muslim countries to clean our toilets or try to con your way into America with fake degrees etc. In fact the US has made strong changes to their H1b visa system to prevent stop Hindu frauds. Hindus in America are also being exposed for being hypocrites and parasites….pretending to be civilized and tolerant while using RSS money to gain influence in American politics. They have failed…as dumb as Americans can be, even they don’t fall for the tapori antics of cow worshipping of Hindu haram khor liars. We WILL comment on you and your Hindu criminality and terrorism. It’s our business. Dirty filthy intolerant lying Hindu assho1es don’t do a thing about it. Keep crying and sh1tting on the street.

  2. All of these 3 are democrats, so not a single republican on the panel. This is basically a partisan political panel for domestic consumption. The panel had no credibility, if it had any Saudi, Guinea and Turkmenistan would be under sanctions a long time ago. The US needs to get over its messiah complex i.e. the world and it’s people are in danger and only we can save them all.

    1. These are US lawmakers & democratically elected representatives of the people, by the people & for the people, just as Trumpanzees ululated when bowing & scraping, fawning in front of their ARYAN idol.

      Their voice DOES count, especially as they represent the ruling consensus in the elections, such as the V.P.

        1. Maggoty de kalia, aka OPIndia Hindu fake news,

          No, its too later and the crimes of Hindu extremists and terrorists are known over the world. Nothing you can do about it, Hindu troll. Everybody knows about how India is a fascist sh1thole thanks to superstitious animal worshipping savages running the country. It’s their business when Hindu extremists want the benefits of American society, including participating in American politics without coming clean on how much they oppose the democratic process in India. Smelly RSS monkeys want democratic protection as minorities in America while denying them for minorities in India. Hindus constantly troll and harass anyone exposing their crimes.
          The world laughs at you idiots drinking cow urine and worshipping Trump like deranged dogs. Keep crying as you are exposed, bhangi boy

    2. Maggoty kalia aka OPIndia hIndu fake news

      It’s Hindus who have no credibility whatsoever. You’re partisan as hell so why complain? India is an intolerant Hindu fascist third world sh1thole, with an illiterate terrorist Modi in power, everybody around the world knows it. You IT cell bhangis are flooding social media and websites hopping to do damage control to protect your image but it’s too late now. The US isn’t trying to save the world, your braindead baboon worshippers, Americans don’t dirty Hindu fanatics to bring their superstitious backward hate filled Hindu madness in their country…they can’t criticize China while looking the other way when it comes to India which pretends to be a civilized democratic nation.

      OPIndia goo Bhakt gandus think America is Fox News.

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