March 30, 2023

Acknowledge ‘Hinduphobia’, India urges UN | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Warning the world about the dangers of religious phobias, India has again raised the issue of ‘Hinduphobia’, and also anti-Sikh and anti-Buddhist phobias, calling upon the United Nations to address this threat to ensure “greater balance” into discussions on such topics.
India’s permanent representative to UN, T S Tirumurti said on Thursday that while the UN had highlighted other forms of religious phobias, it had not yet fully acknowledged anti-Hindu, anti-Sikh and anti-Semitism threats. He also slammed the move by some member-states to categorise terrorism, based on motivation behind such acts, saying it undermined the universally accepted principle that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations had to be condemned.
Junior foreign minister V Muraleedharan, while addressing the UNSC last year, had raised the same issue saying anti-Hindu phobia was among more virulent forms of religious phobias that the world had failed to recognise.
“Another trend which has of late become prominent is highlighting certain religious phobias. The UN has highlighted some of them over the years, namely, those based on Islamophobia, Christianophobia and anti-Semitism — the three Abrahamic religions. These three find mention in the Global Counter-terrorism Strategy,” said Tirumurti.
“But new phobias, hatred or bias against other major religions of the world need to also be fully recognised. The emergence of contemporary forms of religiophobia, especially anti-Hindu, anti-Buddhist and anti-Sikh phobias is a matter of serious concern and needs attention of the UN and all its member states to address this threat,” he added. He was referring to the UN’s Global Countfer-terrorism Strategy last year that referred to Islamophobia, Christianophobia and anti-Semitism but not what India has been working to highlight.Tirumurti was speaking at a conference on terrorism organised by Delhi-based Global Counter Terrorism Council on Thursday. He clarified that he was speaking as India’s ambassador to UN and not as the Chair of UN’s Counter-Terrorism Committee. Tirumurti also slammed the move to categorise terrorism, and violent extremism conducive to terrorism, based on the motivations behind such acts. Without naming any country, he said that in the past two years, several member-states, driven by their political, religious and other motivations, had been trying to label terrorism into categories such as “racially and ethnically motivated violent extremism…”

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