India has decided not to grant the U.S Commission on International Religious Freedom visas to travel to India.
Many people think that this is a mistake. Katrina Lantos Swett, President of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, says that the group traveling to India would benefit the Commission, as well as India itself. Swett and the group wanted to learn more about what was going on with religious freedom in India.
It has been found, though, that the cause of some of the violence in India has been because of religion. This violence has been increasing over the last few years. The Commission has been to several other countries with similar issues, and these visits have been greatly beneficial.
This is not the first time India has refused visas to the Commission. India thinks that these religious freedom problems are their own problems. There have been many issues of discrimination and violence against Christians and Muslims ever since the the Prime Minister Narendra Modi came into power.
Modi plans on adopting anti-conversion laws that will stop Indians from converting to Christianity or Islam. There will be severe punishments for breaking these laws.
Swett believes that India will eventually let the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom visit in the future.