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साम्राज्यवादी सोच

The debate in Britain over religious persecution in India is hypocritical.

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On 1 March 2018, the British Parliament lamented about how freedom of religion or belief was in danger in Narendra Modis India. Member of Parliament (MP) Martin Docherty-Hughes, a leader of the Scottish National Party, has urged the British government to raise the issue with Modi when he visits the United Kingdom in mid-April 2018 for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

On the face of it, the fact that Britain has finally woken up to persecution of religious minorities in India is good news. Diplomatic pressure on a government bent on vitiating the state machinery and society with its Hindu-majoritarian agenda, must be welcomed. However, the transcript of the House of Commons (HOC) speeches makes for a curious reading. It reveals how Britains alarm at the decline of religious freedom across the (non-Western) world is articulated through a series of imperialist assumptions.

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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