New Delhi (Sputnik): Netizens in India are questioning the wisdom of a US Commission which placed India, the birthplace of four of the world's major religious, alongside extremism-hit Afghanistan and Iraq in its religious freedom ranking.
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) report is prepared by the US Department of State and submitted to Congress; the State Department's website claims that it "use multiple sources to increase comprehensiveness and reduce potential for bias".
The @USCIRF report on Global Religious Freedom was released today. Here’s a list of countries the commission found most troubling, with China so egregious that one commissioner said it is worthy of its own category. Read more here. https://t.co/mP81FNrMYj pic.twitter.com/xRiEUE4gfr— Joel C. Rosenberg (@JoelCRosenberg) April 30, 2019
The USCIRF report stirred dissent among Indians on social media.
While saying that the US seems wary of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a netizen tweeted, "US is afraid of #56incher", referring to a quip Modi allegedly made about the size of his chest.
A user called out the USCIRF for being a ‘paid news channel' of the US.
USCIRF is nearly like a paid news channel now. India is a country of 1.26 billion people and each one has freedom of speech. If statements decide religious strife then USCIRF must look within and examine the racial discrimination in society and gun trotting violence in US.— Sea Eagle (@SeaEagl48645838) May 1, 2019
"USCIRF report has no credibility," said this social media user.
USCIRF India rpt has NO credibility. Even USCIRF chairmen does not believe USCIRF propaganda. USCIRF chairmen Tenzin Dorjee disagrees & refutes USCIRF India assessment.— Mayank Patel (@DataReveals) April 30, 2019
Read 113 articles on USCIRFs eerie hypocrisy: https://t.co/kdNhRbLOkL pic.twitter.com/LBtl9UfoMT
@USCIRF @USCIRFJohnnieM— Chowkidars of India First (@sure99) May 1, 2019
India is deonly country in de world where so many religions stay together.
Your observation is totally https://t.co/I7amx8iW68 are influenced by a lobby in India which is out to defame & tarnish the good work our PM is doing without any bias.@PMOIndia
Read 113 articles about USCIRF's aleleged hypocrisy: https://t.co/kdNhRbLOkL
The USCIRF has placed India in its Tier-2 list of countries for allegedly violating religious freedom or tolerating such violations in a manner that is "systematic, ongoing or egregious".
According to the USCIRF, these are standards under the International Religious Freedom Act for designating such a nation as a ‘country of particular concern'.
The USCIRF has alleged that the Indian government has repeatedly denied its staff access to India. It, however, said that an opportunity to openly and candidly engage with the government would be welcomed.