12 January 2023: The latest annual report of Human Rights Watch (HRW) has raised hackles in South Block after it asked the West to be circumspect in shifting supply chains from China to India.

While criticizing India and its entire neighborhood, it opted to warn Australia, Japan, Canada, the UK, the EU, and the US regarding India.

The West is reconsidering its ties with China and looking to expand trade and security arrangements with India.

The HRW said deepening ties with India without pressure on PM Narendra Modi to respect rights “squanders valuable leverage to protect India’s increasingly endangered civic space”.

The HRW said the Indian Government had in 2022 “intensified and broadened’’ its crackdown on activist groups and the media while “harassing” rights groups through tax raids, allegations of financial irregularities and use of the FCRA.

The authorities in several BJP-ruled states “demolished” Muslim homes and properties without legal authorization or due process as summary punishment for protests/alleged crimes, it noted.

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Source:  Tribune India

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