Right now, India has misplaced its standing on this planet as a secular and pluralistic democratic nation.
Beneath the rule of Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP), a right-wing Hindu nationalist get together, the “Hindutva” extremist ideology is now the overarching coverage of Narendra Modi’s authorities.
The BJP and its ideological godparent, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), are making life tough for minorities in India. And the strategies they’re utilizing should not a lot completely different from how Jews and different minorities had been hounded and eradicated through the Nazi-regime in Germany.
Photos of Christians, Dalits, Muslims and Sikhs being focused by RSS-trained BJP supporters through the communal violence and lynching just lately in Delhi and earlier than that in Una, Gujarat, and Indian-occupied Kashmir are a grim reminder of what one can count on from India in future.
Persecution on the idea of faith and race has been taken to an artwork kind by the Modi regime.
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The BJP has additionally enacted particular guidelines to expedite discriminatory insurance policies. These guidelines programmatically exclude non secular and different minorities from the Indian society.
Take for instance the Citizenship Modification Invoice, the Nationwide Register of Residents, and the revocation of Article 370. These are just a few examples of how Modi has used laws to marginalize minorities.
AG Noorani, an Indian lawyer and constitutional skilled, has described measures towards Article 370 as “communal-minded majoritarian” intentions.
He’s proper. In Indian-held Kashmir, the humanitarian disaster has by no means been extra bleak. Kashmir is now probably the most militarized piece of land on this planet. There are over half one million Indian troopers stationed within the valley, whereas the civilian inhabitants has no freedom to train its primary civil rights.
These protesting for human rights are crushed by a disproportionate army pressure. Then, there may be using rape as technique of torture in Kashmir.
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As well as, Kashmiris residing on the Pakistani aspect of the border are additionally focused by the Indian army. Beneath the Modi regime, violations of Line of Management (LoC) have elevated manifold. In 2020 alone, over 3,000 incidents of crossfire had been recorded, leading to many civilians dropping their lives. Lately, even a convoy of the UN Navy Observers, stationed on the Pakistani aspect, got here below assault from throughout the border.
Modi is on a mission to make sure that Muslims turn out to be a minority in Kashmir. He’s pushed by the idea of Hindutva, which preaches that Hindus are a supreme race.
Dedication to guard human rights is a vital slogan of the brand new US administration and the Biden-Harris crew. The plight of 12 million Kashmiris whose human rights are violated every single day is a trigger which the US wants to have interaction urgently with. This requires a multilateral method backed by private commitments to carry a free and truthful plebiscite in Kashmir, as mandated by the UN.
Historical past is an efficient instructor, however provided that classes are learnt.
If the ethnic cleaning continues in India, then the day shouldn’t be very far when the ruling class will start to view “Gestapo, Ghettos and Gas Chambers” as acceptable strategies towards the minorities.
What’s deliberate by the BJP regime is just too grim to think about. A cry from the mountains of Kashmir goes out to the world urging them to implement their “never again” pledge to humanity, earlier than the darkest chapter of historical past repeats itself.
Siddiqui is a London primarily based South Asian analyst. He tweets @SiddiquiAftab