Headline, May 18 2019/ ''' '' INDIA'S MUSLIMS INTERIM '' '''


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ALMIGHTY GOD FORBID : IF INDIA LOSES that secular, democratic identity then it loses what makes it different than other and many countries in the world -

We are all watching the riots in Delhi and hopelessly worry that they are going a dangerous road that makes harder for us to be a strong advocate for India,'' said  Ami Bera, a California Democrat who us long-serving Indian-American in Congress.   

One recent Wednesday - Freedom House, a nonpartisan democracy advocacy organization based in Washington, flagged India as a major concern.

''The Indian government has taken its Hindu nationalist agenda to a new level with a succession of  policies,'' the group said, ''threatening the democratic future of a country long seen as a potential bulwark of freedom in Asia and the world.''

In a rare move, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights filed a    petition in India's Supreme Court to challenge a citizenship law that critics and the Founder Framers of The World Students Society say discriminates against Muslims.

Some of its closest partners have begun criticizing its treatment of Muslims and migrants, with condemnation coming in from Iran, the United States, Bangladesh and elsewhere.

UNTIL recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's stance and normal campaign to portray India as a rising power deemed to be ticking along despite rising troubles at home.

Much of the world remained quiet, or cautious, in recent months as India began locking up hundreds of opposition politicians and activists without charge across the country.

Business executives say they are too afraid to speak out about shortcomings in the government's economic strategy. The press complains about government intimidation.

Still, there was a President Trump just so recently, embracing Mr. Modi, where streets were dotted with posters declaring the ''world's oldest democracy meets the world's largest democracy.''

But as the leaders celebrated each other New Delhi, India's capital, Hindu mobs began going after the Muslims protesters in neighborhoods just a few miles away while the police looked on or joined in.

AND it was those images - the return of the sectarian violence on the streets, not the carefully crafted show of international partnership - that set the tone for India on the world stage in days that followed.

Though there have been no sign yet that big doors are closing internationally, the violence in New Delhi has clearly opened a new chapter of international questioning of Mr. Modi's agenda, and, perhaps of the investment climate in a country hoping to turn its weakening economy around.

The current unrest threatens one of India's biggest appeals to investors or potential allies : that it is the world's largest secular democracy.

In private conversations, diplomats are worried that the rhetoric coming from Mr. Modi's governing  Bharatiya Janata Party is creating an environment that could lead to more and unending violence.

They point out that B.J.P. members have been labeling protesters and opposition supporters as terrorists who were supported by Pakistan. One minister led the crowds in chant of ''shoot the traitors!''

During his first campaign for prime minister in 2014, Mr. Modi played down his Hindu agenda. His first term was marked by an energetic foreign policy and alliance building.

Domestically, he focused on development and economic reforms. He promoted himself as a globalizer and unifier; friends with everyone : the Israelis and Palestinians, the Russians and the Americans.

After winning a second term last year, Mr. Modi's government made issues that appealed to its  Hindu-nationalist base a priority, and the prime minister talked less and less about economic reform.

In August last year, the government scrapped the statehood of India's only Muslim-majority state of Kashmir and locked up hundreds of its politicians and activists without charge.

Later in December, the government approved a citizenship law that would expedite citizenship for every major religion except Islam.

Coupled with a citizenship test observers worry that the policies will disenfranchise India's 200 million Muslims, who make up 14 percent of the population.

NO MATTER what Modi's temporary and passing  gains out of all this misery and fiasco, the people of India will ultimately fail all these nefarious designs.

The main strand in  the  great   people of India's soul is secular. Everybody's India and everybody's dream.

Even the Western world leaders who have sought closer partnership with India have yet to issue strong warnings about the sectarian violence in India - at least publicly - more and more criticism will be coming in.

Just recently, the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights filed its petition in India's Supreme Court to challenge the citizenship act, claiming the law undermines the country's ''human rights obligations.''

India's Foreign Ministry then went to ask the Supreme Court to overturn it.

To democracy we turn! The Broadway is closed. Write poems instead.

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on ''sufferings, human rights, democracy and future'', continues. The World Students Society thanks author Maria Abi-Habib for the news analysis.

With respectful dedication to all the minorities of the world, and then Students, Professors, and Teachers of the world.

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