There can’t be double standards on religiophobia…India bluntly at UN

India has told the United Nations that there cannot be double standards on religious fear (religiophobia). Countering this should not be a selective exercise involving only one or two religions. India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations TS Tirumurti said that India has been the biggest victim of terrorism, especially cross-border terrorism. He called upon the countries to develop an education system that truly contributes to counter terrorism by promoting the principles of pluralism and democracy.

Tirumurti was speaking at an event to mark the first anniversary of the International Day to Combat Hate Speech. He said that we have repeatedly emphasized that the exercise of combating religiophobia by involving only one or two religions should not be selective. This should apply equally to phobias against non-Abrahamic religions as well. Unless this is done, such international days will never be able to achieve their objectives. There cannot be double standards on religiophobia.

India has faced fundamentalism with time: Tirumurti

Tirumurti outlined several occasions at the United Nations. Other forms of religious fear can be seen in the increase in attacks on religious places such as gurudwaras, monasteries and temples, or in the spread of hatred and propaganda against non-Abrahamic religions in many countries, he said. He said that India’s multicultural feature has made it a safe haven for all who seek refuge in India over the centuries, be it the Jewish community or the Parsis or the Tibetan. He said that it is the inherent strength of our country which has with time faced extremism and terrorism.

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important role of education

He stressed that education has an important role to play in combating extremism, extremism and terrorism. Tirumurti said that India has been the biggest victim of terrorism, especially cross-border terrorism. We call upon countries to develop an education system that truly contributes to countering the principles of pluralism and democracy by promoting them.

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