NEW DELHI - With less than a month until the G-20 summit in India, the country has seen a spate of violent clashes, according to APR news.
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepares to welcome world leaders, experts say that these incidents could seriously complicate his ability to showcase India as an Asian superpower. From Delhi, Shalu Yadav reports.
SHALU YADAV: Anti-Muslim slogans reverberated in the streets of Gurugram, just outside of capital Delhi - a hub for dozens of multinational companies, including Google and American Express.
Just six miles from here, President Biden and other world leaders will arrive for the G-20 summit in early September.
These men from the majority Hindu community threatened Muslims, asking them to pack their belongings and leave or face consequences. What sparked this outrage was religious violence in the neighboring region of Nuh on July 31.
At least five people died in the clashes when a Hindu religious procession was allegedly attacked by Muslims. Then, Hindus set a mosque on fire and allegedly killed a Muslim cleric. After the rioters left came the authorities with bulldozers.
Witnesses say hundreds of homes and shops belonging to Muslims were demolished by authorities. The demolitions lasted for four days, until a local court in the state of Punjab and Haryana stepped in. It asked the government whether it was conducting an exercise of ethnic cleansing by targeting a particular community.
These are devastating words, says Shushant Singh, a senior fellow at Centre for Policy Research in India. "That's the strongest word that, at least in my living memory in 75 years, has been ever used because of this form of vigilantism that the Indian state displays."