Amit Shah’s “tireless efforts” for peace in J&K, northeast “ushered in a new era”: NHRC chief

NHRC President Judge (Retired) Arun Kumar Mishra on Tuesday gave Union Home Secretary Amit Shah credit for fostering a peaceful situation in Jammu and Kashmir and in the northeast and claimed that the minister’s “tireless efforts” had “ushered in a new era” for the regions. .

“It is thanks to you that a new era has now begun in Jammu and Kashmir,” Judge Mishra said in his speech at an event at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi to mark the founding day of the National Human Rights Commission.

Shah was present at the event along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries.

Further stating that India has become a powerful entity globally and has been recognized as a new power, Judge Mishra attributed this achievement to the Indian people, the country’s constitutional system and its rulers.

The NHRC chairman also spoke about the selective definition of human rights and said that terrorists and terrorism cannot be glorified by claiming human rights. “History will not forgive us if human rights defenders do not criticize political violence,” he said.

“Calling such … terrorists, freedom fighters is inappropriate,” he said, without giving further details.

PM Modi, also in his address, expressed concern about “selective outrage” against human rights, arguing that viewing human rights from a political perspective is dangerous for democracy. “Viewing human rights with an eye on political gains and losses undermines these rights as well as democracy. Selective behavior is harmful to democracy and tarnishes the image of the nation. We must beware of such a policy, ”Modi said.

The NHRC is a statutory body that was incorporated on October 12, 1993 under the Human Rights Protection Act for the promotion and protection of human rights.

The NHRC becomes aware of human rights violations, conducts investigations and recommends compensation for victims by public authorities in addition to other remedial and legal action against offending officials.

(With PTI inputs)