Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, near the Syrian border town of Elierbeh of Al-Hasakah Governorate August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Religious Freedom in India

I reject the findings of this report:

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom — 2015

The US prides itself in being a religious nirvana for every believer and goes about diminishing those who are shy of this ideal. “Religious intolerance” appears to be an understatement when compared to the violence unleashed due to it across the globe today. That violence falls within the definitions of terrorism and genocide. ISIS, Boko Haram, Nigeria, Yazidis come to mind, isn’t it? Multi-national, military joint-operations are tackling such issues, and are beyond the purview of this report.

The recommendations of this report, may at best deny US entry visas to leaders identified as perpetrators of religious intolerance in their countries.

This report makes it abundantly clear that Mr. Modi was denied a US visa for his direct or indirect complicity in the Gujarat pogrom of 2002. A fact meant as an explicit finger-wagging for India, if not to give this report it’s needed street creds.

Countries of Particular Concerns (CPC): Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Countries Recommended for CPC status: Central African Republic, Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria, Tajikistan, and Vietnam.

The third section highlights countries USCIRF categorized as Tier 2, which includes countries where the violations engaged in or tolerated by the government are serious and are characterized by at least one of the elements of the “systematic, ongoing, and egregious” standard, but do not fully meet the CPC standard.

USCIRF places the following ten countries on Tier 2: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malaysia, Russia, and Turkey

International Religious Freedom Act of the US defines “particularly severe” violations of religious freedom as “systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom, including violations such as —

(A) torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment;
(B) prolonged detention without charges;
(C) causing the disappearance of persons by the abduction or clandestine detention of those persons; or
(D) other flagrant denial of the right to life, liberty, or the security of persons.”

I put these up to give a context to this report’s ultimate findings: India is intolerant to minority religions.

It also helps to grade random acts of vandalism such as: stone-pelting by drunk and jobless scooterists, and position it properly amidst crimes against humanity listed above.

It appears that this report was cobbled together after watching a few hours of NDTV putting the spin on Ghar Wapsi, Church Attacks, Mohan Bhagwat, Anti-Conversion laws.

I reject the above and have contributed to a counter-narrative on the church attacks, as a media spin:

It is unfortunate that this media spin has gone on to ultimately provide fodder to lazy American writers of global religious freedoms.

After going down the rabbit hole of church attacks, Alice from that wonderland NDTV is now reporting that the government has rejected her deranged vision, deeply embedded in the USCIRF report.

Good to see that USCIRF is being monitored by this group. They appear to have big holes in their reports: