World’s con­cerns over de­te­ri­o­rat­ing HR in In­dia

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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.

Cap­i­tal cities are meant to be the show-pieces of a coun­try in many ways and Pak­istan had the unique op­por­tu­nity to fash­ion it the way it wanted as its seat of

YEAR 2015 will go down in his­tory when Rus­sia ex­hib ited it prow­ess on the world scene with ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in Syr­ian war. The air strikes on the ISIS were so ef­fec­tive that it took USA and NATO with com­plete sur­prise. It not only proved the ef­fec­tive­ness of its air power but also changed the strate­gic bal­ance over night in Mid­dle East. Fol­low up cease fire agree­ment, lethal ground at­tacks on ISIS, their re­pulses and free­ing of Palmira are the land mark events turn­ing slowly but surely the war in Syria.

The lift­ing of sanc­tions on Iran cou­pled with an agree­able agree­ment in Ukraine con­flict, slowly ris­ing prices of oil are boost­ing the Rus­sian econ­omy cou­pled with Pres­i­dent Putin’s ef­fort to di­ver­sify its ex­port giv­ing boost to high tech in­dus­tries and re­duce the im­pact on oil rev­enues and sanc­tions by USA. Grad­u­ally we see the Rubles slowly but surely get­ting strength­ened. Also grad­u­ally we see Rus­sia strength­en­ing Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion (SCO), more ac­tive role in Or­ga­ni­za­tion Se­cu­rity and Co­op­er­a­tion in Europe (OSCE). And also play a greater role in Asia Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion (APEC), in the Coun­cil

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