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The comments made by the Evangelical Alliance's officer in his closing remarks, suggesting that the Indian government should transform the country into a more democratic and inclusive society, were not only inappropriate but also an attempt to cast aspersions on India's governance.
The recent panel discussion organised by the World Evangelical Alliance in Geneva on the Manipur violence has sparked huge controversy and warrants critical examination.
First and foremost, the World Evangelical Alliance's decision to host such an event on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council is nothing but interference in India's internal matters. While discussions on human rights issues are vital, they must be approached with caution and respect for a nation's sovereignty.
The comments made by the Evangelical Alliance's officer in his closing remarks, suggesting that the Indian government should transform the country into a more democratic and inclusive society, were not only inappropriate but also an attempt to cast aspersions on India's governance. Such statements, especially on an international platform, risk damaging diplomatic relations.
Lieutenant General L Nishikanta Singh's (Retd) asserted that this event was part of a "break India gang" with the sole intention of exploiting Manipur's issues for their own agendas. It is pertinent to note that interference by foreign entities in India's affairs, especially on sensitive matters, can have serious repercussions.
The panel came under scrutiny for allegedly presenting a one-sided view of the Manipur violence. The spokesperson of the Core Committee, Khuraijam Athouba, pointed out that the discussion appeared to focus solely on one community's perspective. In a forum like the United Nations, which aims for balanced and unbiased dialogue, such one-sidedness is concerning.
Furthermore, Mr. Athouba's attempt to highlight the issue of narcoterrorism and its link to the Manipur violence was met with resistance from the moderator, further fuelling the perception that the event lacked neutrality.
The World Evangelical Alliance's panel discussion on the Manipur violence in Geneva has raised valid questions about its intentions and the appropriateness of discussing India's internal matters on an international platform. While the promotion of human rights is essential, it should be done with sensitivity and respect for the nation's sovereignty, and discussions at the United Nations should maintain a balanced and impartial approach. This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of responsible engagement on global issues, especially those with such significant political and cultural implications.