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India Opposes UN Having A ‘Special Envoy’ For Islamophobia

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India Opposes UN Having A ‘Special Envoy’ For Islamophobia

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) –  Calling India “a proud champion of pluralism,” India’s Permanent Representative Ruchira Kamboj opposed the establishment of the post of “special envoy” on a special religion at the United Nations.

This comes as the UN General Assembly adopted the Resolution on “Measures to Combat Islamophobia” which calls for the appointment of a UN Special Envoy to combat Islamophobia.

Explaining India’s position during the adoption of the resolution, Kamboj said that while the issue of Islamophobia is undoubtedly significant, one must acknowledge that other religions are also facing discrimination.

“Crucial to acknowledge that phobias extend beyond Abrahamic religions…anti-Hindu, anti-Buddhist, anti-Sikh elements…increasing attacks on Gurudwaras, monasteries, temples..” the Indian envoy to the UN said.

“The destruction of Bamiyan Buddha, violation of Gurudwara premises, massacre of Sikh pilgrims, attacks on temples, glorification of breaking idols in temple contribute to rise of contemporary form of religio-phobia against non-abrahamic religions.”

Kamboj added that it is crucial to recognize that Hinduism, with over 1.2 billion followers, Buddhism more than 535 million, and Sikhism, with over 30 million followers worldwide, are all subject to religion-based phobia.

“It is time we acknowledge the prevalence of religious phobia rather than just single out one,” she added.

The envoy added, “locating resources solely to combat Islamophobia, while neglecting similar challenges faced by other kinds might inadvertently perpetuate a sense of exclusion and inequality.”

The resolution was on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

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  • As a devout Hindu, I think it is foolhardy to deny the major presence of Islamophobia, significany higher than any other religion at the present time.

    March 16, 2024
    • They themselves are responsible for it due to their radicalism.

      March 16, 2024
  • What is wrong in being Islamaphobia. I am phobic about many things but Islam is one.

    Simply because millions of Hindus were killed, tortured, raped, abused and enslaved. Hindu temples were destroyed and converted to Mosques.

    So yes, I am Islamaphobic.

    March 16, 2024
  • UN nations is a forum for National disputes. It should stay in its lane or it will not exist.

    UN is getting involved in matters that are internal matters of countries.

    March 16, 2024

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