“Since last year elections, attacks by radical Hindus to minority religious group have increased. Politicians connected to Bharatiya Janata Party – governmental party – have been discriminating and making scornful comments, but they are never subjected to sanctions for their behavior. The government does not do enough to stop it all,” this was written in the 2015 Report about religious freedom in India to the USA Parliamentary Commission. According to experts of the commission, the situation is getting more and more serious since the beginning of Modi Government last year.
The document reports the plan to convert to Hinduism about 5k people of minor religions like Christians and Muslims. This is literally known as “Ghar wapsi” (meaning ‘getting back home’), it is one of the pillars of Hindutva policy stating that “every Indian should be Hindu”. The Commission believes that this behavior is against the status of the nation. Although it describes itself as pluralist, democratic and century-old, India is not able to defend minor religious communities. Attackers are still unpunished.
The Report is based on “poor understanding of India, of its Constitution and its society. We are not accept it,” declared the spokesperson of the Indian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vikas Swarup, after the presentation of the report to the US Parliament.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa