BJP’s abuses as bad as Chinese suppression, human rights body warns investors shifting to India


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New Delhi: India’s human rights abuses are similar to that of China’s, an international rights body has said, warning countries of the “increasingly endangered civic space on which India’s democracy lies”. The New York-based Human Rights Watch, in its 33rd World Report, says, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has mimicked many of the same abuses that have enabled Chinese state repression — systematic discrimination against religious minorities, stifling of peaceful dissent, and use of technology to suppress free expression—to tighten its grip on power.” In the report, the non-governmental organisation assessed human rights conditions in over 100...