Obama urged to raise religious freedom with Modi

Eleven members of the U.S. Congress have urged President Barack Obama to discuss the issue of freedom of religion or belief in India during his bilateral meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently visiting the United States.

India’s Financial Express reports that in the letter sent to the US President, the lawmakers urged the President to use the meetings as an “opportunity to discuss religious inclusion and the protection of religious minorities in India”. The letter, dated September 27, was released to the press by Coalition Against Genocide (CAG). The coalition said that “Prime Minister Modi can play a constructive role by criticising extremists and opening a dialogue in the country about violence aimed at religious minorities”. More

Subsequently World Watch Monitor reported that “the Sept. 30 meeting between Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama — the first summit involving the leader of one of the world’s oldest democracies, and the leader of the largest — did not produce any public mention of religious freedom of any sort.”

There is a detailed discussion of the US and UK responses to Modi from Slok Gyawali on Lapido Media.