India has criticized the United Nations and the United Nations Alliance of civilization

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India has criticized the United Nations and the United Nations Alliance of civilization



India has criticized the United Nations and the United Nations Alliance of civilization, and its cultural peace program for adopting religion-based selectivity while condemning religious hatred and religious violence United Nations Alliance of Civilizations was established in 2005 at the initiative of Spain and Turkey. The objective of this alliance is to prevent religious polarization around the world. Its core objective is to act against religious hatred and religious violence against other minority religions, but it has been observed that over the last 14 to 15 years, the UN Alliance has been very selective when it comes to condemning religious hatred and violence. It has always sought to condemn religious hatred and violence, targeted against Abrahamic religions, such as Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. The UN Alliance of Civilizations has always taken a firm stand against Islamophobia, and as well as against Christophobia antisemitism. It has repeatedly criticized such acts of religious violence and hatred, and it has even adopted numerous resolutions in this regard, which has been supported even by the UN General Assembly. However, when it comes to religious hatred and religious violence against non-Abrahamic religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. The UN Alliance has largely remained silent, and it points to its selective approach towards Abrahamic religions. The objective of this alliance has been to promote religious and cultural harmony to prevent a clash of civilizations. But instead, by adopting a selective approach towards Abrahamic religions, the UN Alliance has largely neglected the non-Abrahamic religions. So during the latest culture of peace, submit of the UN Alliance of Civilizations India has made use of the opportunity to point out the selective religion-based bias of the UN and its agencies. The Indian delegate has highlighted numerous instances of religious hatred and violence being faced by these non-Abrahamic religions, especially in the Afghanistan, Pakistan region. Minority Hindus minority Buddhists and even minority Sikhs targeted with ethnic cleansing, and they have even faced numerous terror attacks and religious violence, which has threatened the safety and the very existence of these religious minorities in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Beat the selective targeting of minority Hindus and Hindu temples, or beat the bombing of Sikh Gurudwaras or beat destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afghanistan. Afghanistan and Pakistan region has been witness to all such acts of religious hatred and religious violence. But in most of these instances, the UN Alliance of Civilizations and other civil bodies, have failed to criticize these acts of religious hatred and violence. And according to India. This points to their selective approach towards Abrahamic religions and their neglect of non-Abrahamic religions. India has also used this opportunity to call out Pakistan, for its direct role in sponsoring acts of religious hatred and violence against the non-Abrahamic religions in the region. India has pointed out, how Pakistan has encouraged cross border terrorism against India, and how it has turned geopolitical issues into religious-based terror and insurgent movements. The best examples include the Kashmir insurgency and the Khalistan moment. India has pointed out that Pakistani state agencies have played a direct role in the targeting of religious minorities, belonging to non-Abrahamic faiths, and it has used the Kartarpur corridor as an example to highlight Pakistan's majoritarianism. The development of the Kartarpur corridor was a landmark diplomatic initiative between India and Pakistan to connect to sacred Sikh gurudwaras, located across the border. But as for the agreement between India and Pakistan, the corridor was supposed to be administered by the Prabandhan Committee. As for the agreement, the state, that is the Government of India, and the Government of Pakistan were supposed to have a very limited role in managing the Kartarpur Gurdwara. But contradictory to these commitments made by Pakistan, its government has recently taken over the management of the Sikh shrine, which directly contradicts the religious faith of the Sikh community. But despite such grave acts of religious communal polarization by the Pakistani state, the UN agencies have failed to condemn Pakistan. And hence, India has criticized the UN, the UN Alliance of Civilizations for its selective approach towards condemning only hatred and violence targeted against Abrahamic religions. India has called upon the UN to adopt a secular approach and provide equal treatment for the non-Abrahamic religions as well.
India's criticism against the UN and its agencies is quite valid and justified because India's argument holds that the UN and its agencies have often ignored religious hatred and violence targeted against the non-Abrahamic religions. So this criticism by India, of the UN and its agencies is quite valid and justified.  India's criticism of the UN and its agencies on these grounds becomes all the more valid and justified because of its moral standing in this regard. The true force behind the criticism is drawn from its constitutional values which are inherently secular. This moral standing of India is based on its pluralistic ethos, which has been an integral part of the Indian civilization. Indian civilizational values of liberalism and secularism have of course found their way to the Indian constitution, as well as the pluralistic and secular nature of the Indian Constitution, which gives India the moral standing to raise this genuine criticism against the UN and its agencies.
India would be looking to push back against the UN and its agencies, about these matters, especially because the UN Alliance of Civilizations and the UN HRC have repeatedly targeted India, over the last couple of years, over the controversial citizenship Amendment Act, and as well as all the recent Delhi riots. While India's criticism of the UN is justified. But it needs to keep in mind that its policies and laws are appearing to be targeted against a particular religion. The citizenship Amendment Act, which provides for religion-based exclusion, or the controversial interfaith marriage laws that are being brought out by the state governments, or beat extensive communal polarization that has been seen in the Indian society, over the last few years. India appears to be losing its moral standing because it deviates from its secular constitutional ethos. If India's voice against such discrimination at the global level should be heard and it has to be treated as valid and justified, then it needs to strengthen its moral standing. And this has to be done by displaying a firm commitment to government laws and policies towards India's constitutional ethos and secular pluralistic values. Otherwise, it would provide an opportunity for countries like Pakistan and bias agencies of the UN to call out India for its hypocritical approach.

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