The report, released on June 21, alleged that some senior leaders of the BJP “made inflammatory speeches against minority communities. “Mob assaults by brutal extremist Hindu organizations on minority communities, particularly Muslims, continued throughout the year. In the midst of rumors, victims had traded or murdered beef cows,” she added.
The US state department’s 2018 International Religious Freedom Report shows clear bias against the Narendra Modi government. The BJP, the saffron party said on June 22, asserting that its leaders had strongly deplored violence against minorities and weaker sections of society.
The US report cited data presented by India’s Ministry of Home Affairs in the Lok Sabha on February 6. The report showed that communal incidents had increased 9% from 2015 to 2017, with 822 incidents resulting in 111 deaths and 2,384 injuries in 2017. “Authorities have often failed to prosecute cow vigilante attack perpetrators, including murders, mob violence, and intimidation,” said the report.
Whenever needed, PM Modi and other BJP leaders have strongly deplored violence against minorities and weaker sections of the society. Baluni said India has deep-rooted democratic institutions, including the fiercely independent and pro-active judiciary, which is quite capable of handling such disputes and punish the guilty.
Unfortunately, this fact is completely ignored in this report. He said, adding that the Bhartiya Janata Party under the leadership of Modi believes in “Sabkha Saath, sabkha Vikas”.
The people have recently reaffirmed their confidence on the development agenda of the BJP-led NDA alliance by giving Modi a massive mandate in the parliamentary election.
In a statement, BJP media head and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni said, “The basic presumption in this report that there is some grand design behind anti-minority violence is simply false. On the contrary, these instances are carried out as a result of local disputes and by (people with) criminal mindsets.”
“Mega schemes launched and effectively implemented by the Modi government have benefited all the castes, religions and regions equally. BJP is indeed proud of its record in uplifting living standards of all poor, underprivileged sections of the society, irrespective of their faith and gender,” he said in the statement.
The study includes public policies that violate organizations, religious denominations and individuals ‘ religious beliefs, and practices, as well as US policies to encourage religious freedom around the world.
Party media head and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni claimed that central schemes have benefited all castes, religions, and regions equally. Baluni said the report ignored that India “has deep-rooted democratic institutions, including fiercely independent and pro-active judiciary” that ensures the guilty is punished.
The Bhartiya Janata Party on Saturday dismissed an official report released by the United States. The party said mob attacks by “violent extremist Hindu groups” against minority communities, particularly Muslims, continued in India in 2018. The party said the report shows a clear bias against the Narendra Modi government. The 2018 International Religious Freedom Report by the US State Department also alleged that some senior officials of the ruling BJP made inflammatory speeches against minority communities.
Writer: Sakshi Gupta