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India rejects US religious freedom report

Hindu women worship after taking a holy dip in the Ganges River on the occasion of Guru Purnima in Kolkata, India, on Nov. 25, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

NEW DELHI (RNS) India is rejecting a U.S. panel’s charges that the religious freedom of minorities in the world’s largest democracy is being violated with tacit support from elements in the ruling party.

By contrast, leaders of the country’s Christian and Muslim minorities welcomed the findings of the report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, released on Monday (May 2) in Washington.

In New Delhi, a foreign ministry spokesman said the report “fails to show proper understanding of India, its constitution and its society.”

“India is a vibrant pluralistic society founded on strong democratic principles,” the spokesman, Vikas Swarup, said. “The Indian Constitution guarantees fundamental rights to all its citizens, including the right to freedom of religion.”

The USCIRF report deems India to be “on a negative trajectory,” with increasing activities against minorities by Hindu groups that it says are “tacitly supported” by a segment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party.

The report mentions a ban on cow slaughter in some states, forced conversions by Hindu groups and problems of police bias and judicial inaction. They “have created a pervasive climate of impunity, where religious minority communities feel increasingly insecure, with no recourse when religiously-motivated crimes occur.”

Last month, police arrested five suspects in the hanging deaths of two Muslim cowherds in an incident that led to violent protests in the eastern state of Jharkhand amid reports the attackers were Hindu vigilantes.

USCIRF designated India as a Tier 2 country — not among the worst offenders, rather a “country of particular concern” — and called on the Indian government to “publicly rebuke government officials and religious leaders” who make “derogatory statements about religious communities.”

Christian and Muslim leaders say religious freedoms are indeed being violated.

Maulana Salim Engineer, secretary-general of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, the country’s largest Islamic organization, said the government is encouraging Hindu extremist groups by rejecting the report.

“These fascist elements are trying to demolish the pluralistic structure of secular India. By not acting against these fascist elements and rejecting the USCIRF report the government is destabilizing the foundation of Indian democracy and tarnishing the country’s image internationally,” he told RNS.

“The Indian government should take corrective actions instead of denying the truth revealed by this U.S. commission report.”

The situation for Christians has been aggravated because six Indian states have laws that criminalize evangelism and put extraordinary restrictions on conversions, said John Dayal, spokesman of the United Christian Forum. He criticized the government for rejecting international scrutiny of its human rights record.

The USCIRF is a bipartisan commission that can make policy recommendations but has no direct legislative authority.

Last month, chairman Robert P. George said commission members had been unable to obtain visas for members who planned to travel to India to assess conditions there.

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  • The point that is missed

    A “Hindu” accepts that a Christian and Muslim are praying to the One Supreme God. A Christian and Muslim do not accept that a “Hindu” is worshiping the One Supreme God and His multifarious manifestations. Therefore Hindus have full rights to control and protect themselves from those who seek to discredit them and further destroy their spiritual culture.

    Further there is 100% proof Jewish theology comes from the Vedas, Which means Christian and Muslim theology originates in the Vedas.

    http://www.equalsouls.org

    This book from Oxford shows how all Greek Mythology is based on the Vedas
    https://ia800204.us.archive.org/6/items/indiaingreeceort00poco/indiaingreeceort00poco.pdf

  • The report is BS. Its far easier to start a Church in India than a temple in the US.

  • Federal Intl Religious Freedom Act IRFA is as bad as state laws because IRFA outsources religious-freedom to govt commission called USCIRF. Instead of Courts, USCIRF acts as prosecutor, judge and jury. Far worse, USCIRF is filled with representative of Church, Anti-Gay& career politicians. This dangerous cocktail of religion & politics causes conflict of interest and dishonest reporting favoring one religion over other violating establishment clause.
    Few facts:
    1) Event: Sexual abuse of 20+ kids in India.
    US Dept of State 2008 Religious Freedom report paints Pastor Jacob John as innocent & vilified complainant.
    Fact: Pastor John Jacob faces charges of abusing 53 kids. 1 child is pregnant and 4 children died.

    2)Event: Attack on Hindu Monastery,Orissa,India: Massacre of 5 ppl incl 82yrold Monk, Woman &
    Children
    USCIRF portrayal: USCIRF Villifies 82yrold Monk. Defend accused & doubt court judgement without providing any facts.
    Fact: Court found 7 Christians, linked with maoist terror group, guilty of Jalespesta Hindu Massacre.

    3) Event: Tripura National liberation front, a christian terror group in india, attacks hindu ashram and
    kills head monk Swami Shanti Kali. All 18 branches of Shanti Kali Mission were forcibly closed.
    USCIRF coverage: none

    4) In last 15 years, 0 christians and 224 hindus are killed in place of worship attack in india but USCIRF
    reports give a very different impression.

    5) In 2014, 267 temples and 15 churches were vandalized/theft in Delhi attack but USCIRF report gives different impression.

  • The fact of the matter is that the eradication of the traditional hereditary priesthood and law givers, (Brahmins) by the British since 1857 and their stooges since 1921; and the confiscation of the Temples, Treasure, Lands, Water Bodies, Forests, Commonwealth and Traditional Schools of those who adhered to Aryan (Brahmin) Law throughout British India in 1923,turned the “People of Dharma” into a a persecuted minority that was rolled into an artificial “Hindu” lumpen.

    This was followed through by the Cambridge, Columbia, Elphinstone, Presidency, St Stephen’s, Loyola, Madras Christian, Oxford and otherwise brain washed PANGOLIN* WOGs (Western Oriented Gentlemen) of the Indian Republic who turned the People of Dharma into third class citizens with their 1949 Constitution and confiscated their religious freedoms, temples, treasure, water bodies, lands, forests, commonwealth and educational facilities in what was left of India, including former princely states in 1959,

    India was thus confirmed as an anti-secular, non democracy. This is what it is today, with a Constitution that has enshrined inequality under law, exceptions to the rule of law, and the Many Nations theory, to condemn India to a perpetual state of low intensity civil war in which the preferred Politician-Bureaucrat-Judge-Police-Journalist-Crony neo kleptocracy, constructed mostly from those certified to be congenitally backward, may loot, plunder and rape with impunity.

    Today, anti-Brahmin bureaucrats, police, judges and worse decree what Hinduism may or may not be, loot and plunder the temples for funding Moslem Haj pilgrimages and Christian Church restorations as well as feathering their own nests while what remains of a priesthood has been steadily drained of resources, education, and livelihood to eradicate the traditional and ancient spirituality of India. Their women are raped, their cattle stolen and slaughtered, with impunity as they are deprived of the protection of law much as were the Jews of Nazi Germany. They are, by law, deprived of education and employment opportunities in Government controlled institutions, the right to buy and own agricultural land and even the right to contest elections.

    The US “Religious Freedom Report” is obviously of the opinion that India’s constitutional and de facto persecution of those who are not Christians, Moslems, Dalits and Backward “Hindoos” is inadequate.

    *Note: PANGOLIN: An enemy of India who believes in inequality under law, exceptions to the rule of law and persecution of some for the benefit of others. At present, the sole purpose of the Indian Republic, Constitutional or otherwise, is to pamper and provide for certain constitutionally preferred sections of society who the British found useful to hold and exploit India at the cost of those who the British hated and persecuted. The Pangolin is a creature that is unique to India and feeds on ants that are known in nature to be industrious and hard working if not quite as fruitful as bees who flee to better climes. (PANGOLIN is an acronym for the Periyar-Ambedkar-Nehru-Gandhi-Other (alien) Religions-Communist Consensus that usurped the British Mantle and has worn it with elan to loot, plunder, and rape India since 1921 and re write History and laws to their exclusive benefit since 1947)

  • Please don’t forget to add how a layer of cow dung can protect us from nuclear attacks and how cow urine can cure cancer and also many other apparently incurable diseases. We also know that during pre-Vedic or Vedic period the Hindus used faster-than-light planes or chariots to travel to other universes . Please edit your comment and add those info.

  • USCIRF is just a farce garb for promoting evagelical activities. It’s members are pastors, appointed to promote american christian’s dream of infidel free world.

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