About USCIRF report: Predictable counter – Introspection will do India good in areas where it faces international criticism

Source: The post is based on the article “Predictable counter – Introspection will do India good in areas where it faces international criticism” published in The Hindu on 18th May 2023.

Syllabus: GS 2 – Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests.

Relevance: About USCIRF’s International Religious Freedom Report.

News: For the fourth consecutive year, the government rejected the recommendations of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s (USCIRF) latest report, calling it “biased and motivated”.

What is the USCIRF’s International Religious Freedom Report?

Read here: International Religious Freedom Report

About the latest USCIRF’s International Religious Freedom Report 2023 and issues with the report

Read here: USCIRF’s International Religious Freedom Report: Present imperfect – Irrespective of what the USCIRF says, India must review its rights record

The report release was followed by a briefing by a senior official. He said according to the U.S. Holocaust Museum, which tracks majoritarian trends, India is ranked eighth among 162 countries on the risk of “mass killing”, a serious allegation.

What India should do?

India might come up with its own report on the state of religious freedom in the country to counter it. Further, India should introspect into the areas where it faces international criticism.

The government must also devise more comprehensive methods for rejecting any unsubstantiated and unfounded challenges to India’s reputation.

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