The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday decided that from now on, March 15 will be observed as ‘Anti-Islamophobia Day.’
India has expressed its deep concern about this and said that the fear about a particular religion has reached such a level that the situation has come to celebrate International Day for it.
India also said that fear is being created in different ways against different religions, especially Hindus, Buddhism, and Sikhism.
In such a situation, the question arises that why is a country like India opposing any resolution brought to stop violence and hatred against Muslims?
What does this offer say?
Earlier, Pakistan’s ambassador to the 193-member United Nations General Assembly, Munir Akram, on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), observed March 15 every year as the ‘International Day to Combat Islamophobia’ i.e. ‘International Day to Fight Fear of Islam.’ In the form of a proposal to celebrate was presented.
Apart from 57 member countries of OIC, this resolution was also passed with the support of 8 other countries, including China, Russia. It has been claimed that this resolution has been approved to stop hatred, discrimination, and violence against Muslims in the world.
Presenting this proposal, Pakistani Ambassador Munir Akram said, “Islamophobia is a fact. This trend is increasing in many parts of the world. This fact should be kept in mind.”
Akram said that Islamophobia can be seen in the world through hate speeches, discrimination, and violence against Muslims. He said that such violence, discrimination, and hostile behavior is a serious violation of the human rights of Muslims, and it creates unrest in Muslim countries.
Although India believes that this resolution raises its voice against a particular religion, but ignores the atrocities on other faiths.
India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations TS Tirumurti said the resolution ignores violence, discrimination, and hatred against other religions such as Hinduism, Sikhism, and Buddhism.
TS Tirumurti said: “It is one thing to emphasize one religion, and it is quite another to observe an anti-hate day against a particular religion. It is possible that this resolution will suppress the seriousness of hatred and violence against all other religions.”
Referring to incidents of hatred and violence against Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists, TS Tirumurti said, “1.2 billion people follow Hinduism. There are 535 million people who follow Buddhism and more than 30 million Sikhs worldwide. They are spread. It is time that we understand the atmosphere of fear spreading towards all religions instead of one religion.
“The United Nations must stand above religious matters that can divide us, rather than seeing the world as one family and bringing us together on a platform of peace and harmony.”
After the passage of this resolution, Tirumurti said that India condemns any activity being done against Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. But the atmosphere of fear is not being spread only about these religions.
He said, “There is in fact evidence that this kind of fear of religions has affected religions other than Jews, Christians and Muslims. The atmosphere of fear has increased.”
He also pointed out that the member countries of the United Nations should not forget that in 2019, 22 August is already celebrated in the memory of those killed in the violence in the name of religion. This day completely encompasses all the aspects.
Hartosh Singh Bal, a well-known journalist, and analyst of India, says, “The UN resolution is a good step, but India is worried about the resolution because tomorrow it will be criticized.
“India talks of religious equality, democracy, and tolerance on the one hand. On the other hand, it also passes laws that make religious discrimination, like the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The democratic structure of the country is being molded according to the religion of the majority. At the same time, there is talk of tolerance in the United Nations.
A few months ago, India said at the United Nations that communal hatred was spreading not only against the Abrahamic religions (Islam, Judaism, and Christianity), but also against Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism.
India’s ambassador said in his statement that demolition of the ancient statue of Gautam Buddha in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, desecration of gurdwaras, the massacre of Sikhs in gurdwaras, attack on temples, and demolition of idols are new forms of spreading communal hatred against non-Abrahamian religions. There are ways.
Amit Barua, a well-known journalist, associated with the English daily The Hindu, said in a conversation with the BBC that India has taken a very unusual stand in this matter.
Amit Barua said, “Islamophobia is a serious issue and it is good that now this matter has emerged as a serious issue on the world stage. Earlier one of the main reasons for not paying attention to Islamophobia was terrorism.”
However, he believes that the more important aspect than the UN resolution is that all the countries of the world make strict laws against Islamophobia in their respective countries.
Regarding India’s stand, he said, “As far as religious hatred against Hindu and Sikh religions is concerned, it is mostly the result of ignorance of Western countries.”
He further said, “India has adopted this stand to send a message to its citizens.”
Muslims are the largest minority group in India. They constitute about 14 percent of the country’s population. After Indonesia and Pakistan, India has the largest population of Muslims.
Human rights groups and experts believe that incidents of discrimination, violence, and communal hatred against Muslims have increased rapidly since the BJP came to power in the country.
The United Nations, European Union, America, and many Arab countries have been expressing their concerns for some time regarding the growing hatred against Muslims in India.