Progressives said Modi’s human rights record was reason for boycott
“I encourage my colleagues who stand for pluralism, tolerance, and freedom of the press to join me in doing the same,” the New York Democrat wrote on Twitter on Wednesday, arguing Congress shouldn’t extend such an honour to “individuals with deeply troubling human rights records – particularly for individuals whom our own State Department has concluded are engaged in systematic human rights abuses of religious monitoes and caste-opressed minorities.”
The progressive legislator was refering to the nationalist, Hindu-centric agenda of Mr Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has been accused of discriminating against India’s sizeable Muslim minority.
Mr Modi was accused of being complicit in sectarian violence in which over 1,000 Muslims were killed in 2002 while he was chief minister of Gujarat. Mr Modi allegedly stood by as Hindu mobs terrorised the state’s Muslim population in retaliatory violence after a group of Hindu pilgrims were killed.
The BJP leader was later cleared by a team appointed by the Indian Supreme Court.