,We acknowledge the commitment of all religions to peace and condemn all forms of terrorism, including racism and other forms of intolerance.,,
(A resolution of the Delhi Declaration of the G-20 Summit released on September 10)
This announcement is from the same ‘G-20 Summit’ in which Prime Minister Modi had sacrificed everything to make it shine. But just eleven days later, on September 21, on the last day of the special session of Parliament, the party’s own MP Ramesh Vidhuri was seen abusing BSP MP Danish Ali, who belongs to the minority community, including calling him a terrorist and some such abuses which cannot be mentioned here. Those words related to religious identity were spoken for the first time in any House of Parliament. The whole world watched this scene through the live telecast of Sansad TV and was shocked, especially when in the same frame, two senior BJP leaders and former Union Ministers Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Ravi Shankar Prasad were seen laughing.
But this incident probably did not surprise those people who are keeping a close eye on the events in India sitting in the other part of the globe. On September 21, commissioners of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) during a hearing on India expressed deep concern over the “sophisticated, systematic persecution” of religious minorities by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. At this hearing, Dr. Fernand de Varennes, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, said, “To ensure peace, the United States government must clearly signal that the situation in India is worrying. India is in a very dangerous situation.” “, which will also impact the United States.” During the hearing, USCIRF Commissioner David Currie said, “I am convinced that the most sophisticated, systematic persecution of religious minorities by any democratic government has taken place in India. And I don’t say this lightly.”
If the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations is considering India’s situation as worrying, then it is not difficult to understand that in the name of G-20, world opinion was not at all affected by the massive events organized not only in Delhi but in all the state capitals and big cities. Is. It is testing India on all those standards related to human rights and protection of minorities, to which India has declared its commitment while being a member of the United Nations. It is not difficult for them to find a reason to describe Gandhi’s country as dangerous for the minority community when BJP MPs are openly expressing hatred towards the minority community in the Parliament itself.
Ramesh Vidhuri is not a new leader. Vidhuri, who entered politics through RSS’s student organization ABVP, has been an MLA thrice before becoming an MP and has also reached the Lok Sabha for the second time. Obviously, their language and hatred reflect a long ‘training’ and ‘culture’. By issuing a warning instead of taking action against Ramesh Vidhuri, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has also told how ‘serious’ this matter is for him.
On the other hand, on September 21, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated the allegations related to India’s role in the murder of Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in New York. He said that India had been informed about this several weeks ago. India has strongly countered the Canadian Prime Minister’s allegations but it should be a matter of concern that the US appears to be siding with Canada in this matter. America’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, in a press conference held at the White House on September 21, said in reference to Canada’s allegation that – “This is a matter of concern for us. This is something that we take seriously. This is such a “That’s something we will continue to work on regardless of any country.”
It is being said that America’s stance is also because the Canadian Prime Minister’s allegations are based on the report received from the Five Eyes Alliance. It is a joint alliance of intelligence agencies of America, England, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. That means American agencies have also been involved in this investigation.
There is no doubt that pro-Khalistan activities take place openly in Canada and no effort is made by the Canadian government to stop it. Canada has been a safe haven for the architects of the Khalistani movement since the beginning. It is natural for India to object that people who are terrorists in India’s eyes are given a free hand in the name of freedom of expression in Canada. It may also be true that Justin Trudeau, who could not get majority on his own in Canada, is taking this stance to support Khalistani elements, but this is the first time that a country has accused the Indian government of carrying out a murder! The diplomatic failure of the Modi government is directly responsible for bringing the country to this situation.
The changed perception about India is going to give rise to many problems in the coming days. India, which was revered as the country of Mahatma Gandhi and the messiah of peace, is now being called the ‘Peninsula of Hate’. Hate is being exported from this peninsula to the continents. After the arrival of Modi government, RSS and its associated organizations are active among Hindu immigrants in many countries of the world. They are seen ‘celebrating’ the oppression of minorities in India. Last year, a group of immigrants took out an Independence Day parade in New Jersey, USA, with bulldozers and posters of Yogi Adityanath. Later, when its context became clear, the administration that had given permission for the parade had to publicly express regret.
Due to such incidents, the word ‘Hinduphobia’ has come into use globally. It is used to defend against accusations in the same way as ‘Islamophobia’ has been used. But this is the natural result of a peaceful society turning into a violent, hateful mob, which the whole world is taking cognizance of. We should not forget that USCIRF has been nominating India as a CPC (Country of Particular Concern) for three consecutive years. The US government is under pressure regarding this because it may have to take various actions against India as soon as it comes in the CPC list.
Recently, Nadine Menza, former chairperson of America’s International Religious Freedom Commission, while addressing a parliamentary briefing held at Capitol Hill, had said that the Biden administration should confront PM Modi about the ongoing anti-minority violence in India, especially the Noah cases of Manipur and Haryana. The matter should be raised. “They should clearly state that if this violence does not stop, the Biden administration will be legally forced to identify India as a perpetrator of religious freedom violations.”
Just 11 days after the G-20 conference, India’s economic prospects, which have come under attack at the global level, may be tarnished. It seems that the billions of rupees spent on this conference have gone down the drain. Modi government claims to create the third largest economy by 2028. But the scenario is such that investors are turning away. The peninsula steeped in hatred gets advice, not investment. Is it a coincidence that in the April-June quarter of the current financial year, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) declined by 34 percent to just $10.94 billion, which was $16.56 billion in the same quarter of the last financial year. Supporters of the politics of hatred should understand that the direction of such flight is not the sky but the underworld.