'Mr Amit Shah, New Era Now In J&K Because Of You': Rights Body Chief

"Thanks to you, Mr. Amit Shah, a New Era Has Arrived In J&K": Rights Body Chief Amit Shah guided the move in parliament to abolish Jammu and Kashmir's special status under Article 370 and downgrade it to two Union Territories in 2019.

'Mr Amit Shah, New Era Now In J&K Because Of You': Rights Body Chief
'Mr Amit Shah, New Era Now In J&K Because Of You': Rights Body Chief

Arun Mishra, the head of the country's human rights agency, claimed today that Union Home Minister Amit Shah has ushered in a "new era" in Jammu and Kashmir. Justice Arun Mishra said it has become the "custom" to accuse India of human rights crimes, encouraged by international forces, at an event attended by both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. "It is for you, Mr Shah, that a new era has now begun in Jammu and Kashmir," Justice Mishra said, speaking at the start of the event to mark 28 years of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), which he heads.

"It is becoming a norm to accuse India of human rights violations at the request of international forces," Justice Mishra added. PM Modi then made a strong statement on a "selective" attitude to human rights, slamming "those" who regarded human rights "with an eye on political benefits and losses." "Some people believe that human rights violations occur in some cases but not in others. When political spectacles are observed, human rights are abused. Democracy is harmed by selective behaviour "According to the Prime Minister.

While crediting Amit Shah, the former Supreme Court judge was referring to the government's big move to end special status for Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and downgrade it into two Union Territories in 2019. The move-in parliament was spearheaded by Amit Shah, the head of the National Home Ministry. 

Despite objections voiced by the opposition Congress in the selection committee, Justice Mishra was named chairwoman of the rights commission in June of this year. This is the first time the NHRC's head hasn't been a former Chief Justice. 

As a sitting judge last year, Justice Mishra raised eyebrows when he referred to Prime Minister Modi as a "versatile genius" and a "internationally acknowledged visionary who can think globally and act locally."