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USCIRF report says India saw declining religious freedom conditions in 2018 Report once again classifies India as Tier 2 country

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) recently released an annual report that examines the state of religious freedom in several countries around the world, including India. The countries are categorised into two tiers, with India once again being placed in Tier 2, “for engaging in or tolerating religious freedom violations that meet…

Curbing Freedom of Faith: India’s Anti-Conversion laws A Factsheet showcasing laws enacted by different states to curb conversions

The Indian Constitution grants every citizen the freedom ‘to practice and propagate his/her faith.’ (Article 25) Yet several states, currently ruled by the supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have in place laws enacted to ostensibly stop ‘forcible conversions.’ This when conversion, by extension of Article 25 remains a fundamental right, at least on paper. Arguably,…

2004: International Religious Freedom Report

The Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, 2004 released by the Government of the United States of America made the following observations with regards to the progress of the trials in the Gujarat riots cases and the anti-minority agenda of the Modi government and the Sangh Parivar. There have been reports of intimidation and harassment…

2003: Annual Report on International Religious Freedoms

The Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, 2003 released by the Government of the United States of America made the following remarks with regards to the imposition of Hindutava ideology in India and its subsequent dangerous trends: The report stated that “there was a gradual but continual institutionalisation of Hindutva. This manifests itself through the…

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