A British parliamentary report has criticized the Indian government for failing to protect religious minorities from violent Hindu hardliners.
A report by the British AllParty Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief said the rise of nationalist “Hindutva” ideology — which defines ‘Indian’ as exclusively Hindu — has led to an increase in religious oppression in the country.
The Dec. 31 report titled ‘Commentary on the Current State of Freedom of Religion or Belief’ said anti-conversion laws in seven of India’s states are also used to threaten Muslims and Christians.
In its India chapter, the report said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has finally, condemned mob violence against minorities, but his government has remained largely inactive in proactively tackling spiraling religiously motivated violence.”
The report said a “particularly worrying” situation emerges from media reports that some members of the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have close affiliations with the Hindu hard-line group Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS).
Founded in 1925, the RSS draws on its vision from a mix of Hindu legends and ancient Indian history. It claims that India is a Hindu land and religious minorities should accept Hindu supremacy if they want to live in the country. Rights activists have agreed with the concerns expressed in the report.