Hindu extremists of India attack the house of the former Muslim foreign minister | Religion news

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Salman Khurshid published a book last month in which he compared Hindu nationalism under Modi to “extremist groups” like ISIL.

Hindu hardliners attacked and set fire to the home of a former Indian foreign minister, police say, in the latest episode of religious violence that critics say was ignited under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Salman Khurshid, a Muslim from the main opposition congressional party, published a book last month comparing the kind of Hindu nationalism that flourished under Modi to “extremist groups” like ISIL (ISIS).

Police said a crowd of about 20 from an uncompromising Hindu local group massed outside Khurshid’s home near the northern city of Nainital on Monday.

“They shouted slogans, threw stones, broke several windows, looted [the entry] and set it on fire [to a door]”Local police chief Jagdish Chandra told the AFP news agency.

The Times of India newspaper reported that the group had set fire to an effigy of Khurshid, fired shots and threatened the keeper’s daughter-in-law with a gun.

Khurshid, who was foreign minister from 2012 to 2014, was away with his family at the time of the incident. He later posted pictures of the aftermath of the attack on social media.

“Shame is too ineffective a word,” Khurshid, 68, said on social media.

“I was hoping to open these doors to my friends who left this business card. Am I still wrong in saying that this cannot be Hinduism? ”He added.

Activists say religious minorities in Hindu-majority India have experienced increased levels of discrimination and violence since the Hindu nationalist Modi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in 2014.

In 2020, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom listed India as a “country of particular concern” for the first time since 2004. The list continued into 2021.

Modi’s government refuses to have a radical “hindutva” (Hindu supremacist) agenda and insists that people of all religions have equal rights.

The state of Uttarakhand, where the latest incident occurred, appears to be a particular hotspot.

Last month, a mob of about 200 people allegedly attacked a church in the state. The local BJP chief said the building was used for “suspicious rallies”.

Shashi Tharoor, a prominent congressional lawmaker, said the attack on Khurshid’s home was “shameful”.

Khurshid “is a statesman who has … always articulated a moderate, centrist, inclusive vision of the country at the national level”. “The rising levels of intolerance in our politics should be denounced by those in power,” Tharoor said on Twitter.

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