IAMC Report: State of Religious Minorities in India (August-September 2022) - IAMC %

IAMC Report: State of Religious Minorities in India (August-September 2022)

This August there were two anniversaries in India; the 5th of August marks three years since the
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government abrogated Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, removing
special autonomous status granted to the Jammu and Kashmir state. The 75th anniversary of the Indian
independence was celebrated across the country on the 15th of August. Both of these events have led
many to reflect on the nation India has become, particularly how far the current BJP administration
has strayed from the Nehruvian values of secularism, enshrined in a constitution written by Dalit
leader Dr. BR Ambedkar. The release of Bilkis Bano’s perpetrators — gang raped by 11 Hindu
extremists during the Gujarat pogrom of 2002 — on the 75th anniversary of Indian Independence not
only shocked the nation but demonstrates the disregard the BJP Union government has for the
fundamental rights of religious minorities, and the impunity granted to those who commit atrocities
against Muslims and Christians.

Here is the Report:

State of Minorities in India

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