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Interfaith Solidarity Tested by Reach of Hindu Nationalism
October 05, 2023
Human rights leaders talk about the threat of Hindu nationalism for religious minorities and the struggle to hold India accountable for transnational repression.
Tarunjit Singh Butalia-courtesy RFPUSA
It’s Scary. People Are Nervous and Afraid. Interfaith Leader Tarunjit Singh Butalia October 05, 2023
For two decades, Tarunjit Singh Butalia has worked to build bridges across faith communities and increase understanding and acceptance of Sikhs.  In his capacity as trustee with the Sikh Coalition for Interfaith Relations, he makes the case for holding India accountable for its crackdown on political dissent and accountability for the murder of Harpreet Singh Nijjar. Accusations that credible evidence points to the involvement of the Indian government has led to a diplomatic showdown between Canada and India. Butalia offers context and history on the Khalistan movement and the challenges facing the Sikh community.

Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia, Executive Director of Religions for Peace USA, member of the Board of Trustees of Parliament of the World’s Religions for 12 years. He is a founding trustee of Sikh Council for Interfaith Relations  and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Global Sikh Council. He currently also serves on the Board of Faith in Public Life and the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio.
Ria Chakarabarty, picture courtesy Hindus for Human Rights
Solidarity with Sikh Americans. Human Rights Advocate Ria Chakraborty October 05, 2023
Ria Chakraborty is a foreign policy and human rights advocate. As the public policy director for Hindus for Human Rights, she joins to talk about the implications of transnational repression and how political violence is used to enforce the Hindu nationalist agenda through legal and extra-judicial means.  Writing in Foreign Policy and South Asian Voices, Chakraborty has documented the history of religious persecution and talks about the risks they pose to India’s record as a secular democracy.  She talks about the 100 organizations that have signed a statement of solidarity with Sikhs, calling on US elected, civic, and faith leaders to confront the dangers of Hindu Supremacy and hold India to account.

Ria Chakrabarty, Policy Director for Hindus for Human Rights. She recently worked for the Armed Conflict Location and Events Data Project, where she researched political violence in the United States. She conducted her own research on the 2019 wave of democratic protests, which was published by the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Journal of Global Affairs.

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