India is proud of its secular credentials, Center rejects US report on religious Freedom!

India rejects US report claiming it to be a biased and false report.

The Indian Administration hasĀ  slammed the US state department’s 2018 International Religious Freedom report that alleged that some senior leaders of the BJP made inflammatory speeches against minority communities.

The Center has rejected the report that covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and US policies to promote religious freedom around the world.

MEA official Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in his statement to Media said, “India is proud of its secular credentials, its status as the largest democracy and a pluralistic society with a longstanding commitment to tolerance and inclusion. The Indian Constitution guarantees fundamental rights to all its citizens, including its minority communities.”

While reacting to the report BJP media head and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni also slammed the report and called it bias.He said, the US state department’s 2018 International Religious Freedom report shows clear bias against the Narendra Modi government.

SushmaSwaraj ji, I lost my passport in Washington DC USA. I have my wedding on August 13-15. Traveling on August 10. Please help me expedite my tatkal request and help me in attending my wedding in time. You are my only hope.

Relief now just one tweet away: Sushma Swaraj hails work done by MEA, Indian embassies

“If a ‘Pravasi Bharatiya’ gets stuck anywhere in the world, they are confident that the government will save them. Relief is just one tweet away,” she said.

Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Monday hailed her ministry and various Indian embassies for the work done by them to assist Indians across the world. Appreciating the work, the minister said: “If a ‘Pravasi Bharatiya’ gets stuck anywhere in the world, they are confident that the government will save them. Relief is just one tweet away,” she said.

She also proudly claimed that, like never before, all embassies are handling issues related to citizens on a priority basis. “What was never a priority in embassies, has become the top priority now. The Prime Minister has made overseas Indians proud and the MEA has made them confident,” Sushma Swaraj said during her address in Vietnam.

The minister, as well as the ministry, have on multiple occasions in the past helped rescue Indians stranded in several places around the world. Swaraj regularly monitors and replies to the requests and suggestions on her Twitter feed. She is well-known for using social media to interact with citizens and help them in times of any crisis.

Just a few days back, she had helped a man who had lost his passport in the US just a fortnight before his wedding. He reached out to the Minister on Twitter and she replied soon after lending a hand of help.

Apart from helping people out, she is often praised for her cheeky replies on the micro-blogging site. For example, when she was asked if people should visit Bali where The Mount Agung volcano erupted, the External Affairs Minister cheekily said: “I will have to consult the volcano there.”

However, the minister’s timely help on Twitter was recently criticised by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi who said that she had no job except spending time working on people’s visas.

Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interventions in foreign affairs, he said: “Everybody says that it is a great thing that India’s Foreign Minister spends a lot of her time working on visas. Do you realise what that statement means? It means the Foreign Minister has nothing better to do than get people visas. So, only there is the monopoly of the Foreign Ministry, and the PMO (Prime Minister’s Office) has monopoly over the Foreign Ministry.”