With India’s economic growth comes more scrutiny on human rights

May 31, 2011

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A Muslim teenager throws back a can of tear gas shot by Indian police in the disputed border region of Kashmir.

Though both nations are global powers with growing economies and massive populations, India and China seem to garner different reactions on human rights. While China’s record is widely criticized, India’s faces less scrutiny.

A closer look at India’s record, however, reveals room for criticism. Its foreign policy in places like Burma and Sri Lanka, and the nation’s handling of home-grown terrorism and the disputed border region of Kashmir, are just a few of the sore spots.

Meenakshi Ganguly, the South Asia director for Human Rights Watch, joins us to discuss India’s foreign and domestic human rights record.