‘The politics of voting banks in international relations’: India hits out at US report on attacks on minorities

The Department of External Affairs reacted strongly on Friday to the US State Department’s report of attacks on minorities in India, calling it “ill-informed comments” from senior US officials.

The MEA, in its statement, said: “It is regrettable that the politics of voting banks are practiced in international relations.”

“We have noted the release of the US State Department’s 2021 Report on International Religious Freedom and misinformed comments from senior US officials. It is regrettable that vote bank policy is practiced in international relations. We urge that assessments based on reasoned contributions and biased opinions be avoided,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said.

“As a naturally pluralistic society, India values ​​religious freedom and human rights. In our discussions with the United States, we have consistently highlighted areas of concern there, including racially and ethnically motivated attacks, hate crimes and gun violence,” the official said via statement. .

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The US State Department’s 2021 Report on International Religious Freedom, released by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, alleges that in India, attacks on minority communities, including killings, assaults and intimidation, continued throughout the year.

India previously rejected US religious freedom reportsaying he sees no locus standi for a foreign government to comment on the state of the constitutionally protected rights of its citizens.