Between 2014 and 2017, the communal violence in Indiarose by 30 percent.
In 2015, 2016, and 2017, 97, 86 and 111 people were killed respectively in such violent incidents.
(Courtesy: Business Standard)
These numbers come from Home Ministry's own data.
(Note: The maximum number of communal violence was reported in 2008. And the minimum cases were reported in 2011. Both under the UPA government!)
So, the US report on India religious freedom doesn’t paint a fantasy. It just states what the Indian government's own data suggest.
"Despite Indian government statistics indicating that communal violence has increased sharply over the past two years, the Modi administration has not addressed the problem," the report on India religious freedom says.
(Courtesy: India Today)
Besides, is anybody really surprised?
Are we all surprised that a report like this has surfaced?
Over the years, there have been countless reports on publications like the Washington Post, The Guardian, and the New York Times, talking about the communal violence in India.
And it's quite fitting. At a time when 95 percent of Indian media is cowering to those in power, pushing their propaganda, we should be glad that there are a few global news outlets that still do journalism and are keeping an eye on India.
What the US report on India religious freedom says is how the ground reality looks, beyond the urban areas of the country. It's a third-party view, based on hard facts and figures, that nobody should and can doubt of any agenda.
(But, of course, that doesn’t mean news anchors and channels won't bash the US, asking them to mind their own business and fix their own racism issue. We know we have such hypocritical media houses that shoot those who speak anything other than their nationalist propaganda.)
There are literally tens of riots happening across distant parts of India. At present. I can count more than a couple from West Bengal itself. None of these is getting even the slightest of media coverage. The Home Ministry
is acting aloof, uninterested to take any action.
(Courtesy: Catch News)
Communal violence in India has increased in the past 5 years. We don’t even need data's approval to this. You can look around and find the desperate attempt of giving India a Hindu identify. Open Twitter. Use relevant hashtags and you will find people crying and begging to ministers to save them from riots and communal violence.
The Indian government
, and the sold-out media, can deny this report as much as they want… It won't change the ground realities.
Following the release of the US report on religious freedom, MEA said that foreign governments have no right to question India on religious freedom.
Raveesh Kumar, the spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs, said, "India is proud of its secular credentials, its status as the largest democracy and a pluralistic society with a long-standing commitment to tolerance and inclusion."
(Courtesy: India TV)
In the garb of nationalism and to hide their propaganda, the government isn’t only acting ignorantly but also repulsively that can affect a country's social fabric negatively.
Such rhetorical response from the Indian side is quite common.
They said the same thing when the world reminded that press freedom in India is poor.
They said the same thing when the world reminded that India trades worse than North Korea in terms of hunger.
They said the same thing when the world reminded that India homes 19 percent of the global population without access to clean water.
Ignorance is certainly bliss.
To answer your question, in short, US report on India religious freedom is correct. Because it states the same thing that data from Indian government confirms.