India the country known for its unity in diversity has stood on the table proving its harmony. The head-bowing situation was when for the first time the U. S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during the release of the annual report on international religious freedom mentioned “rising attacks” in India.
The day-to-day incidents happening in the nation have pressurised the world to frame India as a place of communal filth. The additional factor that occurred was the statement from Nupur Sharma. India expressed its apology in the International arena clarifying the stand of the accused party in power. It also suspended Nupur Sharma and expelled another leader Naveen Jindal. But the actual turning point of the event happened with the action of demolition of houses that took place in Prayagraj claimed an illegal construction. The incident took place just a few days after the protest against anti-Islamic remarks and that the house belonged to one of the forefront protesters added fuel to the fire.
The Right to protest is a Constitutional right under Article 19 (1) (c) of the Constitution. A peaceful protest expressing dissent is indeed a healthy mechanism for the growth and upliftment of the Democratic nation. Curbing such rights would not only hinder one’s Constitution guaranteed right but also emphasises the autocratic movement of administration. Apology in the International arena with highlighted atrocities on the domestic base may further fuel the wounds of India’s relationship with other countries.
Bringing back a clean India with its ‘united tag’ is the need of the hour.
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