India (IP) - Indian people held demonstrations to protest against the government's efforts to polarize the country in favor of the Hindus and against the Muslims.

Iran PressAsia: People in New Delhi say the government is transforming from a constitutional democracy to a Hindu hegemonic state.

The Indian government recently shot down the central bureau of Islamic propagators and accused Muslims of spreading the coronavirus in the country. The authorities claimed that the corona health protocols were not observed there. 

Politicians of the opposition parties in India also accused Narendra Modi's right-wing party, Bharatiya Janata Party, of escalating tensions between the Indian majority and Muslims in different parts of the country.

The leaders of 13 opposing parties also issued a joint statement, calling for peace and ending sectarian conflicts. 

They expressed dissatisfaction over the government's deliberate discrimination related to food, clothing, religion, festivals, and language to polarize the Indian society.

Earlier the government decided to deny the citizenship of the Muslim Indians. Yet, it has adopted a new citizenship law according to which the non-Muslim Pakistanis and Bangladeshis could apply for citizenship.  

Following the adoption of the law, there were many protests by Muslims, which were suppressed violently.

Indian police arrest 14 after Hindu-Muslim clashes in New Delhi

Clashes between Hindus and Muslims erupted in the Indian capital during a Hindu religious procession, injuring several. It comes as religious clashes are reported elsewhere in India.

Indian police arrested 14 people in connection with violent clashes between Hindus and Muslims during a Hindu religious procession in the country's capital, New Delhi, police said in a tweet on Sunday.

It was first major violence reported in the Indian capital since 2020, when 53 people died in Hindu-Muslim clashes over a controversial citizenship law.

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Police personnel stand guard after clashes broke out during a Hindu religious procession in Jahangirpuri area of New Delhi, India, April 16, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer
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