Sorry, Mr Guterres, no one is listening

With the nation in perpetual election mode, perhaps the Opposition, too, is convinced that reacting to criticism like that of Guterres will not get them a single extra vote


Bharat Bhushan
Last week in Mumbai, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made a scathing indictment of the Indian government’s domestic record on social inclusivity and suggested that this had eroded its international credibility. He said, “As an elected member of the Human Rights Council, India has a responsibility to shape global human rights” but that “India’s voice on the global stage can only gain in authority and credibility from a strong commitment to inclusivity and respect for human rights at home.”

He advised India to recognise its multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-ethnic society as “a richness” that needed to be safeguarded and that “must be
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First Published: Oct 24 2022 | 8:38 AM IST

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