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India on Thursday blasted the Congressional-appointed physique’s report. (Representational)


Observing that the USCIRF’s current annual report that criticised India for alleged violations of spiritual freedom relies on omission and fee of details utilising partial knowledge, an Indian expatriates’ think-tank has urged the US State Division to reject it.

In its annual report on Wednesday, the US Fee on Worldwide Spiritual Freedom (USCIRF) beneficial that India be designated as a “Nation of Specific Concern (CPC)”, alleging that the standing of spiritual freedom within the nation has worsened.

India on Thursday blasted the Congressional-appointed physique’s report for making an attempt to “intervene” in its electoral train and persevering with to bask in “propaganda” towards the nation, “masquerading” as a part of an annual report.

“The US Fee on Worldwide Spiritual Freedom is called a biased organisation with a political agenda. They proceed to publish their propaganda on India masquerading as a part of an annual report,” Ministry of Exterior Affairs spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal mentioned in New Delhi.

In a press release on Thursday, the Basis for India and Indian Diaspora Research (FIIDS) characterised the USCIRF report as biased, presenting partial knowledge and flawed conclusions.

Khanderao Kand, Chief of Coverage and Technique at FIIDS, acknowledged that the USCIRF report relies on “omission and fee of details, utilising partial knowledge, hiding the complete context, generalising remoted incidents, and questioning the implementation of the regulation of the land.”

“This report used partial and remoted incidents to wrongly model the biggest democracy on this planet with a inhabitants of 1.4 billion, lacking the chance to point optimistic current tendencies towards the background of a fancy and violent previous historical past,” he mentioned.

Khanderao added that the USCIRF is flawed to advocate the biggest democracy and largely peaceable civilisation as a rustic of specific concern.

“Furthermore, it’s extremely questionable advice asking to guage India below FATF (Monetary Motion Process Drive), particularly when India itself has been a goal of terrorism,” he mentioned.

In an in depth evaluation of the report, FIIDS mentioned that USCIRF’s place on India contrasts with its evaluation of 2023, indicating vital year-over-year enchancment.

FIIDS’ evaluation concluded that the Manipur riots had been inter-tribal, ensuing from historic rivalry exploited by drug mafias and Myanmar infiltrators, impacting all religions.

“Nonetheless, the USCIRF solely singled out Christians. Furthermore, we contrasted this with the place of the Archbishop of Bombay,” mentioned FIIDS’s analyst Mohan Sonti.

“The report wrongly held India answerable for implementing the Overseas Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), stopping unlawful and improper use of overseas funding. Why cannot NGOs observe reporting and utilization legal guidelines?” he requested.

The USCIRF report failed to say India’s constitutional assure to freedom of faith, with prohibitions on coercive, fraudulent and compelled conversion, he mentioned.

“As an alternative, it complained concerning the enforcement of legal guidelines making an attempt to guard gullible, underprivileged folks,” he added.

“As there have been no main Hindu-Muslim riots in India in 2023, as a substitute of mentioning it as a 12 months freed from such riots, the report offered remoted incidents to generalise and model with out acknowledging India’s massive Muslim inhabitants,” FIIDS mentioned.

“FIIDS’ raises doubts and questions concerning any affect or agenda towards the third-largest economic system and a robust ally of the US. Contemplating the consequential nature of US-India relations in 2021, FIIDS recommends that the US Division of State ought to rigorously consider and reject USCIRF suggestions,” the organisation mentioned in a press release.

(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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