The National Commission for Minorities Vice-Chairman George Kurian said the reported decision of the UK government to take up the issue of the alleged persecution of Christians in India is highly deplorable and uncalled for, said a press release.
The Vice-Chairman was responding to a report which said the UK government was going to take up all specific cases of attacks on Christians at consular level. Referring to the recent violence against minorities in New Zealand and Sri Lanka and the plight of minorities in neighbouring countries, Kurian said the condition of minorities is much better in India compared to other Commonwealth countries. The reported statement of the UK Foreign Office minister Mark Field that “there has been an increased worsening in recent years” is alarmist and amounts to scaremongering. No such trend has come to the notice of the National Commission for Minorities.
The Vice-Chairman said India is the safest country for minorities in the world. Even in Western countries the minorities are facing discrimination. In the US, people from five countries are banned from entering that country because they belong to a particular religion.
According to Kurian, India is a robust democracy and has systems and institutions in place to take care of the interests of the minorities. Dismissing such moves as politically-motivated, Kurian said there seemed to be a concerted campaign to tarnish the image of India globally and often foreign countries are being used for this purpose by some elements in India.