An Open letter to Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of USA

By : Hem Raj Jain

To The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, House Committee on Foreign Affairs Washington. D.C. – USA Sub:- Your open letter to PM Modi is timely and will benefit India (especially its minorities) if PPI is introduced. Dear Members of TLHRC On February 25th, eight Senators and twenty-six members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including the Co-Chairs and thirteen other members of the Human Rights Commission, wrote an open letter (available on your website and also in media) to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to relay their grave concerns about the increasing intolerance and violence experienced by members of India's religious minority communities. This letter is timely and will benefit India (including and especially its minority communities) if Participatory Philanthropic Institutions (PPI) first for health care and then for education are launched by Indian minorities (specially the Christians) in India as I mentioned in following letter, published in PCP, which is based on two principles that (i)- If financial / business / industrial organizations are allowed to get share capital from all over the world and are allowed to open branches world over then why not the social / philanthropic organizations (ii)- Religious freedom (even conversion without physical coercion) should be unfettered and unless there is competition between religions (in India too) people cannot come out of medieval and communal mindset:- In your letter you have mentioned – “[More than 50 village councils in the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh adopted a resolution banning all “non-Hindu religious propaganda, prayers, and speeches” in their communities. The Christian minority community has been dramatically affected: the ban effectively has criminalized the practice of Christianity for an estimated 300 Christian families in the region one day after a mob, which included members of the Vishva Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal, seriously injured six Christians in the village of Sirciguda. Since the ban was implemented, Christians in the Bastar District reportedly have been subjected to physical assaults, denial of government services, extortion, threats of forced expulsion, denial of access to food and water, and pressure to convert to Hinduism]”. Therefore I am planning to go to Bastar District of Chhatisgarh (including to the village of Sirciguda after meeting Christian religious leaders in Bengaluru) where I will meet the Christian religious leaders of Bastar district and will talk to them about launching these PPI in Bastar District which can be expanded in other parts of India too. As the mission of TLHRC is to promote, defend and advocate internationally recognized human rights norms as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the other relevant human rights instruments, I hope that we will get the benefit of guidance and cooperation of TLHRC in India and in USA (including as mentioned in said published letter in PCP) in the interest of human rights of Indians (especially the religious minority communities of India) about which concerns have been expressed in said open letter of TLHRC to PM Modi. Regards Hem Raj Jain (Author of ‘Betrayal of Americanism’) Bengaluru, India

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