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    Why Indians are proud of the religious freedom???

    India, Pakistan accused of religious freedom violations

    WASHINGTON: The US Commission on International Religious Freedom has dubbed India and Pakistan as countries where 'grave violations' of religious freedom persist necessitating close monitoring of events.

    In a letter to the Secretary of State, Gen Colin Powell, the US Commission said it was ``seriously considering'' whether India and other countries such as Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam meet the statutory criteria for designation as ``countries of particular concern,'' known as CPC.

    It has further recommended that the Taliban in Afghanistan be re-designated as a particularly severe violator of religious freedom. It urged the State Department ``to monitor closely religious freedom in these countries during the upcoming year and to respond vigorously to further violations there that may merit CPC designation later in the year''.

    The Commission said that its findings revealed severe violations of religious freedom in each of the four countries. The context of the Commission's findings has to do with the recommendation to Gen. Powell that nine countries have engaged in or tolerated particularly severe violations of religious freedom and thereby requiring CPC designation. The nine countries are Myanmar, China, Iran, Iraq, Laos, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Turkmenistan.[

    Commission had severely criticised Pakistan for mistreating its minorities, particularly Ahmadis. findings from the Commission's visit to Saudi Arabia stated that religious freedom "does not exist" in that country. Serious violations of religious freedom there clearly warrant CPC designation. It said the case of India had been discussed in detail in its annual report which was released in May, 2001. that report, it drew attention to the ``disturbing increase'' in severe violence against religious minorities.

    ``The violence is especially troubling because it had coincided with increase in political influence at the national and, in some places, the state level of the Sangh Parivar, a collection of exclusivist Hindu nationalist groups of which the current ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party or the BJP, is a part,'' it noted in that report.

    just as a side note, this champion (US) is concerned in those countries because Christian missionaries face hard time converting people to Christianity. for instance, Hinus have burnt several missionaries, killed, harassed to stop them functioning as missionaries.

    We oughta be Changez like, don't we?