United Nations: India expressed concern over the move as the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday accepted a resolution to observe March 15 as the “International Day to Combat Islamophobia”.
India said fear against a particular religion is being projected to such an extent that it celebrates an international day while contemporary forms of religious fear are on the rise, especially in anti-Hindu, anti-Buddhist and anti-Sikh contexts.
Pakistan’s Ambassador Munir Akram proposed to observe March 15 as the International Day to Combat Islamophobia as part of the agenda of the tradition of peace, which was accepted by the 193-member United Nations General Assembly.
Resolution introduced by Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia , was co-sponsored by Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen.
Reacting to the acceptance of the proposal, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations T.S. Tirumurti said India hoped that the accepted resolution does not set a precedent as it would lead to several proposals on ‘phobias’ based on select religions and would divide the UN among religious camps.