Need to be alert as some people try to dent country's image in name of human rights: PM Modi
PM Modi warned against this "selective interpretation" as it is against the very concept of human rights, without naming any person or organisation at the 28th NHRC Foundation Day programme.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday attended the 28th NHRC Foundation Day programme and took a jibe at the hypocrisy of those who interpret human rights differently to suit their political agenda, claiming that such conduct is harmful to India's image.
PM Modi warned against this "selective interpretation" as it is against the very concept of human rights, without naming any person or organisation.
"Some people see human rights violations in certain incidents but not in other similar incidents. Human rights are violated when viewed through the lens of politics. Selective behaviour is harmful to democracy and tarnishes the nation's image. We must be wary of such politics,” PM Modi said at the 28th National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Foundation Day program.
"Some people try to dent country's image in name of human rights, we need to be alert about it," PM Modi said.
"Human rights are grossly violated when they are viewed with a political colour, viewed through a political lens, weighed with the scales of political profit and loss. This kind of selective behaviour is equally harmful for democracy," he added.
On this occasion, the PM remembered Mahatma Gandhi and said that 'Bapu' is a symbol of human rights and human values across the globe.
"At a time when the whole world was engulfed in the violence of World War I, India suggested the path of 'rights and non-violence' to the whole world. Not only India but the whole world sees our Bapu as a symbol of human rights and human values," the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister earlier had said that NHRC plays an important role in our nation in protecting the human rights and dignity of the marginalised.
According to Prime Minister's office release, NHRC was set up under the Protection of Human Rights Act 1993 on October 12, 1993, for the promotion and protection of human rights.