Azam Khan writes to UN
Uttar Pradesh Minister Mohammad Azam Khan today said he would draw the attention of the United Nations to the growing human rights violations of minorities in India and an attempt by the BJP-led central government to convert India into a theocratic nation.
In a five-page letter to the UN Secretary-General in his capacity as a “devout and proud Indian” Minority Affairs Minister, Khan has requested the international body to “impress upon the Union Government of India to stick to international agreements and allow secularism and plurality to flourish in the country and not push the agenda of extra-constitutional authorities within the country to turn India into a theocratic majority Hindu nation”.
Citing the lynching of an old Muslim man in Dadri following rumours of his consuming beef, Khan said police investigations pointed to a design with much wider ramifications.
In the letter, he also recalled the antecedents of Prime Minister Narendra Modi “for his supposedly tacit support in those (Gujarat) riots in which thousands of innocent Muslims were killed”.