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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

    ‘Widespread Anti-Muslim Mob Violence’: Bernie Sanders On Delhi Violence

    When asked about incidents of violence during his two-day India visit, Trump had said, "As far as the individual attacks, I heard about it, but I didn't discuss that with him (PM Modi). That's up to India."

    After the US lawmakers condemned the violence in Delhi, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Washington accused US President Donald Trump of failing on the issue of human rights.

    Sanders slammed US President Trump’s statement regarding the clash that broke out in Delhi during his visit.

    When asked about incidents of violence during his two-day India visit, Trump had said, “As far as the individual attacks, I heard about it, but I didn’t discuss that with him (PM Modi). That’s up to India.”

    Reacting to the issue, Sanders on February 26th, 2020 tweeted, “Over 200 million Muslims call India home. Widespread anti-Muslim mob violence has killed at least 27 and injured many more. Trump responds by saying ‘That’s up to India’. This is a failure of leadership on human rights.”

    Sanders is the second Democratic presidential nominee after Senator Elizabeth Warren to speak against the violence over the Citizenship Amendment Act in New Delhi. Congressman Jamie Raskin too said that he was horrified by the violence, which was fuelled by “religious hatred and fanaticism”. 

    Richard N Hass, who heads the powerful Council on Foreign Relations, stated that the reason for “India’s relative success has been that its large Muslim minority saw itself as Indian”. 

    On the other hand, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom expressed grave concern over the ongoing violence taking place in Delhi. The US panel said that the Delhi violence in which over 32 people were killed, was specifically targeted against the Muslims.

    The ongoing violence in Northeast Delhi erupted after clashes between pro and anti-CAA protesters on February 23rd, 2020. Besides the 34 casualties which include a head constable, over 200 others have been injured in the deadliest violence in the national capital in decades.

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