Interfaith Solidarity Tested by Reach of Hindu Nationalism

This week, interfaith and human rights leaders talk about the threat of Hindu nationalism for religious minorities in India and the struggle in the US to hold India accountable for transnational repression.  And how faith leaders who came together after 9/11 to support the Sikh American community are coming together again to resist Hindu Nationalism.

It’s Scary. People Are Nervous and Afraid. Interfaith Leader Tarunjit Singh Butalia
For two decades Tarunjit Singh Butalia has worked to build bridges across faith communities and increase understanding and acceptance of Sikhs.  In his capacity as trustee with the Sikh Coalition for Interfaith Relations, he makes the case for holding India accountable for its crackdown on political dissent and accountability for the murder of Harpreet Singh Nijjar,  Accusations that credible evidence points to the involvement of the Indian government has led to a diplomatic showdown between Canada and India. Butalia offers context and history on the Khalistan movement, and the challenges facing the Sikh community. 

Solidarity with Sikh Americans.  Human Rights Advocate Ria Chakraborty
Ria Chakraborty is a foreign policy and human rights advocate. As the public policy director for Hindus for Human Rights she joins to talk about the implications of transnational repression and how political violence is used to enforce the Hindu nationalist agenda through legal and extra-judicial means.  Writing in Foreign Policy and South Asian Voices, Chakraborty has documented the history of religious persecution and talks about the risks they pose to India’s history as a secular democracy.  She talks about the 100 organizations that have signed a statement of solidarity with Sikhs calling on US elected, civic, and faith leaders to confront the dangers of Hindu Supremacy and hold India to account.

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