Washington D.C.: While discussing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Islamophobic policies, Amnesty International USA, Genocide Watch and 17 other human rights organizations in the United States on Thursday expressed concern over the plight of Muslims in India.
While deliberating on the ruling dispensation for hatred of Muslims at a congressional briefing, the various groups discussed the calls for genocide made during the recent Haridwar hate conclave. Experts present at the meeting explained that the country could witness mass violence and massacres of Muslims if the situation worsens.
A gathering of saffron-clad Hindu monks held last month in the northern Indian city of Hardiwar was “exactly aimed at inciting genocide of Muslims”, said Dr Gregory Stanton, chairman of GenocideWatch. “As the leader of India, he has an obligation to denounce this genocidal speech… Yet Narendra Modi did not speak out against him.”
“The fact that Keshav Prasad Maurya, leader of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, this week defended open incitement and hatred of dharma sansad in a BBC interview speaks to the current atmosphere of hatred and bigotry against Indian Muslims,” said Govind Acharya, India and Kashmir Researcher at Amnesty International, USA.
“According to research by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, India is at high risk – number two in the world – for genocide… We call on all of you to recognize that the hatred expressed in India is at a very serious level. We cannot let the Biden administration repeat the mistakes of the past,” the press release said.
The organizations also discussed the Gujarat riots of 2002, the recent “auction” of Muslim women on the Git Hub platform under the banner of “Bulli Bai” as well as the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) to shed light on how, on different fronts, the BJP is keen to maim and dislodge the country’s Muslim citizens.