World’s concerns over deteriorating HR in India
SINCE the installation of Modi as the Prime Minister, Hindu extremism and Talibanisation is rearing its ugly head so much so that the religious minorities in the so-called secular state are increasingly feeling insecure and intimidated. Lynching of Muslims over eating and trading of cows as well as the killings of Christians and Sikhs on different grounds speak volumes of the rising extremism and fascism in India.
Observing that the two years of Modi-led government have resulted in deterioration in human rights and religious freedom, the US based human rights activists have called for making the issue as part of America’s regular dialogue with India. It is a despicable fact that the world community, especially the United States, which in the recent past is hugging India closely, has acted as silent spectators on the human rights abuses be it committed in the held Kashmir or the mainland India itself. The fact is that those sitting at helm of affairs in India are themselves patronizing and supporting the extremists especially those belonging to RSS to perpetrate barbaric and beastly acts against the minorities. According to the report of a Christian organization, 8000 Christians suffered persecution last year in India while what happened with other minorities during this period is also not a hidden fact but off and on was telecast or printed by the Indian media itself. Just a few days back Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit was barred from attending a diplomatic ceremony in Nagpur on the pretext of extremist threat. This was not an isolated incident as in the past also the envoy was not allowed to attend certain ceremonies because of these threats, which are not only emanating from the extremist outfits but also high level government officials, as one of India’s Chief Ministers warned Muslims not to eat beef it they want to live in the country. We understand that the growing fissures between the Hindus and rest of the Indian population are bad news not only for India but also for the whole region. The wave of extremism and its manifestations are bound to gain momentum in India if no steps are taken to push back this monster to the bottle sooner rather than later. We hope the world’s major capitals will take notice of the situation and do the needful to check this trend.
ONE is damned to draw away from the murk and mesh of political gamesmanship at public expense, where people have been given a glimmer of hope, but despondency and frustration also, all in one go; a messiah looking like descending and suddenly obscured, and a national hue and cry for accountability in the absence of a home-spun mechanism. Sounding like being translated into reality only with an external source spilling the beans, it ends up in a familiar Committee of Treasury and Opposition Benches, ostensibly to frame Terms of Reference for a Judicial Commission under the Chief Justice to probe into revelations made in the Panama Leaks, but actually designed to see the enquiry fizzle out like all ‘noble’ things in the past.
Actually no one seems to be pushed including the Chief Justice who instead of taking suo moto notice of this national disgrace and indiscretion, and getting on with the job on his own Terms of Reference, has asked those targeted, to frame the TORs themselves. Heads have rolled elsewhere but Pakistan seems to have all the time to squander. Hoping against hope that someone will step in to cleanse the system, one is forced to switch to simpler things in disgust in the vain hope that if only these few apparently mundane but elemental areas could be addressed, we might begin to yearn for a civilized identity and self-respect.
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