The Ruling BJP Is Undermining India’s Commitment to Religious Pluralism

Kashmiri activists hold torches and march in a protest against the rape and murder of an 8-year-old Muslim girl, Kashmir, India, April 14, 2018 (AP photo by Dar Yasin).
Kashmiri activists hold torches and march in a protest against the rape and murder of an 8-year-old Muslim girl, Kashmir, India, April 14, 2018 (AP photo by Dar Yasin).
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Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing series about religious minorities in various countries around the world. On April 13, two lawmakers from India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, resigned amid nationwide blowback over their public support for a group of Hindu men accused of the rape and murder of an 8-year-old Muslim girl. The party’s leader, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, broke his silence on the episode the same day, saying “no culprit will be spared.” The high-profile case has raised concerns about worsening intercommunal tensions in India under the right-wing, Hindu nationalist BJP. In January, Human […]

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