Indian American Muslim Council had organized Congressional Briefing on State Repression of Civil Liberties in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday 16th June 2021. The panel included Niala Mohammad, Senior Policy Analyst, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, Magsaysay Award Winner, Sandeep Pandey, Govind Acharya of Amnesty Intermediate and Bhasha Singh, journalist and author. The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) a American federal government commission which makes policy recommendations based on its review of global religious freedom to the US President, the Secretary of State and the US Congress. Last year USCIRF downgraded India to the lowest ranking “countries of particular concern”(CPC) in its 2020 report. The advisory body placed India along countries, including China, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Interestingly the last time India has been placed in this category was in 2004.
The panellist in the Congressional Briefing had raised several issues concerning the plight of Muslims, Dalits & Women. The panel unanimously criticized #TheMonkFromGorakhpur and termed the state of Uttar Pradesh has become an ideal model for Hindu Rashtra. The Key concerns of the panel were enactment of Citizenship Amendment Act which fast-tracks citizenship for non-Muslim refugees from South Asian countries. The “National Register of Citizens” which seeks to document legal citizens of India so that illegal immigrants can be identified and deported, was flagged as major area of concern. The US government funded advocacy group Freedom House has downgraded India due to crackdown on expressions of dissent by the media, academics, civil society groups, and protesters. The jury called the enactment of “UP Recovery of Public & Private Property Ordinance” to recover dues from property damaged during riots, rallies and protest from the accused as draconian. The Love Jihad law against forceful inter-faith conversions passed by a number of states ruled by BJP and implemented in the state of Uttar Pradesh by the YogiAdityanath government was criticized vehemently.
The panel was critical towards the ideology of Hindutva propagated by the RSS has led to incessant violent attacks against religious minorities. The panel was critical towards terming Tablighi Jamaat as superspreaders and critical towards using hashtags like #CaronaJihad. Johnnie Moore, an evangelical who is the President of The Congress of Christian Leaders urged the United States to intervene for the Modi Government crackdown on Amnesty International and made mention of amendment to the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) that further stifles the work of various Christian NGOs working within the country. Among the matters discussed were Hathras Rape Case, Babri Masjid Verdict, Mob lynching, discriminatory attacks targeting Dalits, fiery speeches by BJP leaders on the eve of Delhi Violence, attack on dissent on Journalist were also raised. The panel was critical of the UP Chief Minister MYogiAdityanath for enacting tough laws which affected Muslims in particular and termed it discriminatory.
Interestingly the Congressional Briefing has come just before 2022 UP assembly polls. The targeted communities mentioned by the panel are interestingly Muslim & Dalits and its intended to benefit the proponents of politics of social justice like Congress, SP and BSP. The state is staged to become an electoral battlefield and a devious toolkit is being put in action to discredit MYogiAdityanath. As observed extreme propaganda is being carried out which include fake news, half truth, misinformation to create doubts in the minds of voters. Billionaire rogue George Soros has committed $ 1 Billion to fight Hindu Nationalist government of Narendra Modi. The attack on UP Chief Minister is devious design by Deep State cabal to dislodge the nationalist government all across the globe to ensure the continuity of their vested interest. In 2008 USCIRF urged American administration to deny visas to then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. In 2021 the commission recommended targeted sanctions against Indian Government entities without naming UP Chief Minister MYogiAdityanath explicitly. It would be prudent for America to keep its house in order, instead of poking its nose in internal affairs of other countries. The Black Lives Movement have exposed the fault lines deep in American society with many communities apart from Black have suffered racism due to their ethnicity & colour. The Congressional Briefing smells of deep rooted conspiracy to mischaracterize and malign the popular constitutionally elected government in power. The frivolous allegations made by the panel smell of coordinated international conspiracy to dislodge MYogiAdityanath government in upcoming 2022 Assembly elections.