US commission says religious freedom in India deteriorating further
The Indian government last year responded angrily to the call by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and there remains little chance that the State Department will take its advice and condemn India, an increasingly close US ally.
It pointed to allegations of police complicity in violence against Muslims during deadly riots last year in New Delhi and continued concerns over a citizenship law championed by Modi that critics say defines Muslims as non-Indian.
It also said the Indian government has been stifling dissent and voiced concern over the rise of restrictions on inter-faith marriages including in India's largest state Uttar Pradesh.
Other nations already on the State Department's blacklist -- which paves the way for sanctions if they do not improve their records -- are Eritrea, Iran, Myanmar, Nigeria, North Korea, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
The recommendation on India drew a dissent from one commissioner, Johnnie Moore, an appointee of former president Donald Trump.
"Of all the countries in the world, India should not be a 'country of particular concern,'" he said.
"It is diversity personified and its religious life has been its greatest historic blessing."