Indian Foreign Office rejects US report on ruling BJP leaders who made inflammatory speeches against minority communities

India slammed the US state department’s 2018 International Religious Freedom report that alleged that some senior leaders of the BJP made inflammatory speeches against minority communities.

The official Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar said, “India is proud of its secular credentials, its status as the largest democracy and a pluralistic society with a longstanding commitment to tolerance and inclusion. The Indian Constitution guarantees fundamental rights to all its citizens, including its minority communities.”

The report released on the 21st of June alleged that some senior leaders of the BJP “made inflammatory speeches against minority communities” and covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and US policies to promote religious freedom around the world.

The BJP media head and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni also slammed the report and called it bias against the Narendra Modi government and the BJP.

Rejecting the report, Kumar added that “India is a vibrant democracy where the Constitution provides protection of religious freedom, and where democratic governance and rule of law further promote and protect the fundamental rights… and we see no locus standi for a ‘foreign entity/government’ to pronounce on the state of our citizens’ constitutionally protected rights.”

Source : Various