Official State Visit Of Indian Prime Minister Modi To The U.S.

President Joe Biden stands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he greets Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff during an arrival ceremony at the White House on June 22, 2023 in Washington, DC.

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Why Is Biden Welcoming a Fascist Like Narendra Modi With Open Arms?

The U.S. president should hold India's Prime Minister accountable for the human and religious rights abuses happening against Indian minorities which include Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and Dalits.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been invited by President Biden to a formal State Dinner tonight following a speech to a joint session of Congress. While this would have passed as just another routine state visit, it has enraged many Americans because Modi is not just another head of state.

The far-right Modi is commonly referred to as the Butcher of Gujarat. According to a BBC documentary released in January 2023, a British government investigative team concluded that he was directly responsible for a pogrom that killed over 2,000 people, mostly Muslims, in 2002. Modi at the time was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, India and because of his role in this violence, he was banned from entering the United States for ten years.

Modi and his followers adopt tactics reminiscent of the Nazi playbook in their efforts to transform India into a Hindu majoritarian nation. A recent report by Chicago-based human rights organization Justice For All analyzed twelve points of comparison between German Nazis under Hitler, and India’s BJP-RSS regime under Modi. The United State Holocaust Memorial Museum ranks India eighth in its Early Warning Project which means it is the eighth-most likely, of all countries in the world, to witness mass killings soon, but does also mention that killings are ongoing. Genocide Watch has warned that India has reached Stage 8 of the 10-stage Genocide Model.

Ever since Modi came to power, India which once took pride as the world’s largest democracy, has witnessed a sharp decline in its democratic ideals. In its Democracy report 2023 , the Swedish institution V-Dem listed India as "one of the worst autocracies in the last ten years." Freedom House has rated India as ’ Partly Free’ in its annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide. In 2023 Reporters Without Borders placed India among the worst countries in terms of media freedom, ranking it 161 out of 180 countries.

In its 2023 report the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom recommended India as a Country of Particular Concern for the 4th consecutive year. The State Department's own reports have also documented various atrocities aimed at Christians and Muslims in the country.

In 2023 alone, Prime Minister Modi and his allies expelled the leader of India’s largest opposition party, shut down the internet in Punjab and Manipur, burnt more than 249 churches, unleashed communal violence killing more than 100 people, and issued dozens of open calls for genocide of Muslims and Christians.

Inviting Modi as the Prime Minister of India is one thing, but showering excessive praise on him and celebrating his visit with pomp does not befit the US which has always taken pride in being an upholder of democratic values, human rights, and religious freedom.

President Biden should hold Modi accountable for the human and religious rights abuses happening against Indian minorities which include Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and Dalits. Welcoming a murderer and facilitator of mass killings with open arms does not befit Biden who promised an emphasis on human rights during his campaign. The United States cannot be complicit in the crimes of a Nazi-inspired fascist.

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