United Nations: India on Tuesday said the global community has failed to recognize the more pervasive forms of religious terror, including anti-Hindu, anti-Buddhist, anti-Sikh. It is for us to be selective about criticizing such terror, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said in a high-level open discussion at the UN Security Council on ‘Keeping the Peace and Maintaining Peace: Diversity, State Building and the Pursuit of Peace’ It’s a danger in itself.”
Muraleedharan said, “With regard to religious identity, we are seeing how member countries are facing a new form of religious terror. While we have condemned anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and Christianophobia, we are unable to believe that Failing that, more virulent forms of religious terrorism are emerging, including anti-Hindu, anti-Buddhist and anti-Sikh.
He said, “We have seen destruction of temples in our neighborhood and elsewhere, glorification of desecration of idols in temples, desecration of Gurudwara premises, massacre of Sikh pilgrims in Gurudwaras, destruction of Buddha statues and other religiously revered sites in Bamyan. ”
“Our inability to accept these atrocities and terror only encourages forces that terror against some religions is more acceptable than others. If we want to be selective about criticizing or ignoring such terror, we do so at our own risk.