Barack Obama: Row in India over former US president’s remarks on Muslim rights


Former US President Barack Obama’s recent comments on Muslim rights have sparked a heated debate in India, igniting a row between political parties and religious groups. In his recently published memoir, “A Promised Land Revisited,” Obama expressed concerns over the treatment of Muslims in India and criticized the government’s handling of religious tensions.

The remarks made by the former president have drawn both praise and condemnation, with supporters applauding his stance on human rights, while critics accuse him of interfering in India’s internal affairs.

Obama, who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017, highlighted the importance of religious tolerance and voiced his concerns about the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in India. He expressed worry that these policies could marginalize and discriminate against Muslims, undermining the country’s secular fabric.

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The CAA, passed by the Indian government in 2019, grants citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from neighboring countries who came to India before 2015. Critics argue that the law is discriminatory as it excludes Muslim immigrants. The NRC, on the other hand, is an initiative aimed at identifying and deporting illegal immigrants, but it has been criticized for potentially targeting Muslims.

In response to Obama’s remarks, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accused the former president of selectively focusing on India’s internal affairs and interfering in the country’s domestic matters. BJP spokesperson, Anil Baluni, stated, “India is a sovereign nation, and we don’t need sermons from abroad on our internal matters. Obama should respect that.”

On the other side of the spectrum, opposition parties such as the Indian National Congress (INC) and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) praised Obama’s comments, emphasizing the importance of global leaders speaking out against religious discrimination.

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INC leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Thank you, Barack Obama, for reminding us of the values that India stands for. We must protect the rights of all citizens and promote unity in diversity.”

The AIMIM, a party that predominantly represents the interests of Indian Muslims, welcomed Obama’s remarks, stating that it highlighted the concerns they have been raising for years regarding the treatment of minorities in India.

The controversy surrounding Obama’s comments has reignited the ongoing debate over religious freedom and minority rights in India. While some argue that the government’s policies are necessary for national security and to address illegal immigration, others claim that they infringe upon the principles of secularism and inclusivity.

As the discussions continue, it remains to be seen how the Indian government will respond to the criticism and whether it will lead to any changes in its policies or approach towards minority rights. The controversy has once again highlighted the delicate balance between religious identity and national unity in a diverse country like India.

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