India flags ‘anti-Hindu phobia’, UN ambassador says global terrorism strategy is selective
India’s Ambassador to the United Nations, TS Tirumurti, has urged the world body to acknowledge “Hinduphobia” as well as religious hatred against Buddhism and Sikhism in the global fight against terrorism. Tirumurti said the latest United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (GCTS) adopted last year was flawed and selective.
Delivering a keynote address at the Delhi-based Global Counterterrorism Center (GCTC) virtual conference, Tirumurti said, “The emergence of contemporary forms of religiophobia, particularly anti-Hindu, anti-Buddhist and anti-Sikhs is a matter of grave concern and requires the attention of the UN and all Member States to address this threat.
Tirumurti was referring to the seventh revision of the GCTS adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in June 2021. He said that only religious phobias against Islam, Christianity and Judaism find their place in the global terrorist strategy.
He said: “Over the past two years, several Member States, driven by their political, religious and other motivations, have attempted to classify terrorism into categories such as racially and ethnically motivated violent extremism, violent nationalism , right-wing extremism, etc. This trend is dangerous for several reasons.
Tirumurti said the UNSC should “guard against new terminologies and false priorities that can dilute our focus.”
He said, “Terrorists are terrorists. There are no good and bad. Those who propagate this distinction have an agenda. And those who cover them up are just as culpable.
At the GCTC, Tirumurti said he was speaking as India’s ambassador to the UN and not as the chair of the United Nations Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) for 2022. India became the Chairman of the CTC earlier this month and the term ends in December this year.
This is not the first time that India has flagged “Hinduphobia” urging the UN to take note of religious hatred against Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. In October 2021, Minister of State for External Affairs, V Muraleedharan, told the UNSC: “We are seeing how Member States are facing a new form of religious phobias.
“While we have condemned anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and Christianophobia, we fail to recognize that there are more virulent forms of religious phobias emerging and taking root, including anti-Hindu, anti-Buddhist and anti-Buddhist phobias. -Sikhs.”
Earlier in December 2020, India’s First Secretary at the Permanent Mission to the UN, Ashish Sharma, said, “This august body [UN] fails to recognize the rising hatred and violence against Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism as well.
“The smashing of the iconic Buddha of Bamiyan by fundamentalists, the terrorist attack on the Sikh gurudwara in Afghanistan where 25 Sikh worshipers were killed and the destruction of Hindu and Buddhist temples and minority cleansing of these religions by countries , call for the condemnation of such acts against these religions as well, but current member states refuse to speak of these religions in the same breath as the first three “Abrahamic” religions.
This “selective” concern for phobias against the “Abrahamic religions” of Judaism, Christianity and Islam was raised by Tirumurti in his speech once again at the GCTC conference.
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