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Restore the rights of Kashmiris, US Presidential Nominee Joe Biden tells New Delhi

File Photo of Joe Biden (right) with Bernie Sanders

Former vice president Joe Biden has said he is ‘disappointed’ with CAA and NRC

John Biden, the presidential nominee and former vice president of the United States has said that he wants New Delhi to take necessary measures to restore the rights of all Kashmiris.

He has also has expressed dissatisfaction over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act as well as the implementation of the National Register of Citizens, which evoked massive resistance from people in India.

“Such measures are inconsistent with the country’s long tradition of secularism and with sustaining a multi-ethnic and multi-religious democracy,” according to the policy paper — ‘Joe Biden’s agenda for Muslim American community’ posted recently on his campaign website.

Observing that Mr. Biden understands the pain Muslim-Americans feel towards what is happening in Muslim-majority countries and countries with significant Muslim populations, the policy paper clubbed together Kashmir and Assam in India with the forced detention of over a million Uyghur Muslims in western China, and discrimination and atrocities against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority.

“In Kashmir, the Indian government should take all necessary steps to restore rights of all the people of Kashmir. Restrictions on dissent, such as preventing peaceful protests or shutting or slowing down the internet, weakens democracy,” the policy paper said.

“Joe Biden has been disappointed by the measures that the government of India has taken with the implementation and aftermath of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam and the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act into law,” the policy paper further mentions.

A group of Hindu Americans from India expressing their anger reached out to the Biden campaign and asked him to change his words against India, urging him to “reconsider his views”.

 

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