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US report on religious rights is a moment of truth for India

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Illustration by Binay Sinha

Aakar Patel
Religious intolerance in India was first flagged by the United States government officially in 2004. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) looked at the post-Godhra riots situation in Gujarat and recommended to the George W Bush administration that Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government be classified as a “Country of Particular Concern (CPC)”. 

The report observed that Vajpayee “had not condemned the massacre of Muslims unequivocally” for more than a year. It noted that there was no justice for the victims, mostly Muslims, in Gujarat, and it also noted the anti-conversion legislation that was passed, also in Gujarat. 

Four of the USCIRF’s
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First Published: Apr 30 2020 | 11:22 PM IST

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