India reacts strongly to Islamophobia resolution

Mar 16, 2022: India reacts sharply to UN resolution on World Islamophobia March 15.

According to international media reports, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN TS Trimurti told the UN General Assembly that India hopes that the resolution will not set a precedent for future religion-specific phobia resolutions and that the United Nations should not take the form of a religious camp.

Indian Ambassador TS Trimurti complained that the resolution did not cover anti-Hindu phobia, among other religions.

India on Tuesday called out an OIC-sponsored UN resolution on ‘International Day to Combat Islamophobia’ and cited that that word ‘pluralism’ finds no mention in the resolution while hoping that the resolution does not divide UN into religious camps.
Trimurti said that there are more than 1.2 billion followers of Hinduism, more than 535 million followers of Buddhism and more than 30 million followers of Sikhism. He added that the fact is that for decades such religious phobias have also affected followers of non-Abrahamic religions, the modern forms of which are Hindu phobia, Buddhist phobia and Sikh phobia.
He said the United Nations should treat the world like a family and move beyond religious issues that divide us instead of uniting us on the platform of peace and harmony. He said India condemns all actions, but such phobias should not be limited to the Abrahamic religions.

“Member states should not forget that we have International Day of Tolerance on November 16,” he said. A phobia against a religion alone does not need to be celebrated as World Day.

It should be noted that the resolution of Pakistan and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to observe the International Day against Islamophobia has been approved by the UN General Assembly. The OIC resolution was introduced two years ago when a right-wing extremist killed more than 50 worshipers in a terrorist attack on two New Zealand mosques.

India expressed concern over phobia against one religion being elevated to the level of an international day.

Reacting to the adoption of the resolution, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti said in the UN General Assembly that India hopes the resolution adopted “does not set a precedent” which will lead to multiple resolutions on phobias based on selective religions and divide the United Nations into religious camps.

The resolution was tabled on Tuesday by Munir Akram, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations on behalf of the OIC.

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