Vladimir Putin is coming to India, will India raise issue of persecution of Hindus of Russia?

President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, will pay an official visit to New Delhi from October 04-05, 2018, for the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit. During the visit, President Putin will hold official talks with the Prime Minister. He will also have a meeting with the President of India, as well as other official engagements.

The last Annual Summit was held on June 1, 2017, during the visit of Prime Minister to Russia.

Hindus of Russia have been a major target of persecution by radicals after Putin’s ascent to the top post.

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Russian Hindus were seeking an elusive healing touch from India and Russia after one of the prominent Hindu spiritual leader Sri Prakash ji was targeted by one Alexander Dworkin, the man who had initiated the campaign to ban Bhagwad Gita in Russia a few years ago.

The Russian Hindus took up their cause online with a petition set to be delivered to the Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Foreign Minister of India Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov. But the healing touch never came.

The issue of the persecution of the Russian Hindus even reached the USA and got the attention of Congressman Gregory Meeks and Assemblyman David Weprin. The duo responded by sending several letters to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on the plight of the Russian Hindus. But then again it hit the dead end. Putin as recently as a few months back was calling Christianity as the very foundation of the state of Russia.

A United States Commission on International Religious Freedom also underlines the plight of the Russian Hindu spiritual leader and has this to say on Russia:

“In November 2017, police raided a Moscow-area Hindu spiritual center and the home of its religious leader, Shri Prakash Ji. Although no charges were filed, Ji and his center appear to have been targeted following accusations made against them by Russian “anti-cult” activist Aleksander Dvorkin. Dvorkin is one of a large network of radical Russian Orthodox activists who have grown considerably in influence over the last 10 years due to the Russian government’s increasing patronage of the Russian Orthodox Church and the government’s Soviet-era paranoia about the subversive potential of independent religious groups.”

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Chitra Paul a senior Human Rights activist based in Sweden finds the situation deeply unpleasant. In a comment to www.currentriggers.com she stressed upon the ties between the two and said that India and Russia are friendly nations and while Russia remains bound to Christianity, India has not stressed upon its ethos. She said that India should stand up for the Hindus in every corner of the world and for that India must revise its foreign policy.

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In short, she is definitely hoping that the Indian PM Narendra Modi will be raising the issue of the persecution of Russian Hindus with Putin.

Namta Gupta