The Hindu nationalist, fascist RSS has shown its disregard for human rights, she said
New Delhi: Speaking in the Australian Parliament, the senator Janet Rice has said that Australia’s High Commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell’s last month meeting with Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat, a close ally of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, runs counter to Australia’s values.
In a video that surfaced on Twitter, Australian politician and member of the party Australian Greens, Janet Rice can be seen expressing her grievances in the parliament over the rendezvous.
"I particularly raised my concern that Australia's High Commissioner to India, Barry O'Farrell, had recently met with the #RSS….. This is a disgrace. We believe that the high commissioner should resign." — Senator @janet_rice speaking in Australian Parliament#BarryMustResign pic.twitter.com/MsSscphRBF
— Pieter Friedrich (@FriedrichPieter) December 2, 2020
“RSS’ open admiration for Hitler and the appalling genocide that occurred under his nazi regime. Time and time again the RSS has attacked the freedom of expression, speech and safety of the people of India; and their advocacy of a Hindu Rashtra which is by definition minorities are denied rights and privileges. They encourage persecution of some of the non-Hindus citizens of India; particularly that of a Muslim background” the video shows Rice saying while addressing the gathering at the Australian national parliament.
“He’s only the second diplomat from any country to have met the RSS chief in recent times. This is a disgrace, and we believe the high commissioner should resign” she added.
Rice took to Twitter to further express her criticism, dubbing the visit as a “counter to Australia’s values.” with the hashtag #BarryMustResign.
“The Hindu nationalist, fascist RSS has shown its disregard for human rights.
Australia’s High Commissioners play an important role on the world stage as representatives of Aus & our values. Barry O’Farrell’s visit to the RSS HQ runs counter to Australia’s values.” she tweeted.
The Hindu nationalist, fascist RSS has shown its disregard for human rights.
Australia's High Commissioners play an important role on the world stage as representatives of Aus & our values. Barry O'Farrell's visit to the RSS HQ runs counter to Australia’s values.#auspol https://t.co/tzmsWslB7s
— Janet Rice (@janet_rice) December 2, 2020
These comments come two weeks post the Australian High Commissioner Barry O’ Farrel met the RSS Chief Mohan Bhagawat in Nagpur.
O’ Farrel had tweeted some pictures with Bhagwat saying that the chief “shared the relief measures the organisation has adopted across India”
The @RSSorg has been actively supporting the community during #COVID19. I met with Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat who shared the relief measures the organisation has adopted across 🇮🇳 during these challenging times. pic.twitter.com/2LhniF2ven
— Barry O’Farrell AO (@AusHCIndia) November 15, 2020