Suchitra Vijayan is a lawyer and executive director of the Polis Project. Arjun Singh Sethi is a human rights lawyer, adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and editor of “American Hate: Survivors Speak Out.”

On Monday, an Indian minister announced that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is planning to give Prime Minister Narendra Modi an award this month for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission), a sanitation and toilet access initiative across India.

While public health is undoubtedly a priority in India and around the world, such an honor would come as his Hindu nationalist party has incited violence against minorities, silenced dissent and curtailed freedom of expression. In light of Modi’s record, including promoting repressive policies in the past month in Kashmir and the northeastern state of Assam, he should not be given the award.