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Former Vice President expressed concern over human rights in India and the ideology of Hindu Rashtra

Former Vice President Hamid Ansari and four US lawmakers on Wednesday, 26 January expressed concern over the current human rights situation in India. Senator Ed Markey said, “An environment has been created where discrimination and violence can take root. In recent years, we have seen an increase in hate speech and hate incidents online. These include vandalism of mosques, burning of churches and communal violence.

Senator Markey of the Democratic Party has a history of taking an anti-India stance, having also opposed the Indo-US civil nuclear deal during the regime led by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Markey made this statement at a panel discussion organized by the Indian American Muslim Council.

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Former Vice President expressed concern over Hindu nationalism

Participating in this discussion digitally from India, former Vice President Ansari also expressed his concern over the growing trend of Hindu nationalism. Ansari alleged, “In recent years we have experienced the emergence of trends and practices that dispute the well-established doctrine of civic nationalism and promote a new and imaginary trend of cultural nationalism. She seeks to segregate citizens on the basis of their religion, fuels intolerance and promotes unrest and insecurity.

Three MPs Jim McGovern, Andy Levine and Jamie Ruskin also took part in the discussion. Ruskin said, “India has a lot of problems on the issue of religious authoritarianism and discrimination. That’s why we want to ensure that India remains on the path of respect for religious freedom, liberty, pluralism, tolerance and dissent for all.”

Continuously falling ranking in terms of democracy

“Sadly, today the world’s largest democracy is witnessing collapse, human rights abuses and the rise of religious nationalism,” Levin said. India has fallen from 27 to 53 in the Democracy Index since 2014 and ‘Freedom House’ ranks India from ‘independent’ to ‘partially independent’.” Released by Indian American Muslim Council According to the press release, McGovern, co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the US House of Representatives, listed a number of warning signs indicating the “alarming decline” of human rights in India. The Government of India and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been denying these allegations.

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