UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked Indian leaders to invoke the “Gandhi spirit” in order to end the violence in New Delhi against Muslims protesting the new citizenship law to pave the way for communal harmony, his spokesman said.
“Throughout his life, the secretary-general has been deeply inspired by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and today the spirit of Gandhi is needed –more than ever and it is essential — to create conditions for true community reconciliation,” Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said while answering a question at UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday.
He said that the UN chief had been following the severe situation and was “saddened by the reports of death that we have seen over the past few days in New Delhi.”
The Secretary General “again reiterates, as he has done in other places, his calls for maximum restraint and violence to be avoided,” Dujarric added.
According to the latest figures, at least 38 people were killed during protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, which discriminates against Muslims, as Hindu mobs attacked mosques, residences and businesses.