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Russia Claims US Interference In Lok Sabha Elections

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom criticized India for alleged violations of religious freedom and called for its designation as a "country of particular concern."

Edited By : Aniket Raj | Updated: May 9, 2024 11:51 IST
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Russia has asserted that the United States attempted to intervene in India’s parliamentary elections and disrupt the country’s internal political stability. During a media briefing, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova also mentioned that the US has not yet furnished concrete evidence regarding the alleged participation of Indian nationals in the thwarted assassination scheme targeting Khalistani separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun.

Zakharova commented on the US report on religious freedom in India, stating that the US demonstrates a lack of comprehension of India’s national mentality and historical context.

Zakharova stated America persistently makes baseless allegations about religious freedoms, which she deemed disrespectful to India. She further suggested that the US accusations aimed to disrupt India’s internal political equilibrium and complicate the upcoming general elections.

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The latest report from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has criticized India for purported infringements on religious freedom, along with several other concerns.

The report called for the designation of India and 16 other nations as “countries of particular concern” due to their alleged engagement in or tolerance of particularly severe violations of the right to freedom of religion or belief.

In a robust rebuttal, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) denounced the report as “biased” and accused the USCIRF of persistently disseminating “anti-India propaganda” under the guise of its annual report. The Russian official also dismissed US allegations regarding an Indian intelligence official’s purported involvement in plotting the assassination of Gurpatwant Singh Pannun.

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First published on: May 09, 2024 11:51 AM IST

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