India has hit out at a report by the United States – saying religious intolerance was growing under its right-wing government, setting off a new spat ahead of a visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

According to Al Jazeera News – an annual report on international religious freedom released by Pompeo on Friday said Hindu groups had used “violence, intimidation, and harassment” against Muslims and low-caste Dalits in 2017 to force a religion-based national identity.

However India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s – insisted that no foreign country had the right to criticize its record.

Pompeo is set to travel to New Delhi tomorrow – for a trip intended to strengthen ties, but already complicated by spats over trade tariffs, data protection rules, US visas for Indians and buying arms from Russia.

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