Jammu & Kashmir and the North-Eastern States are witnessing new era of peace and law and order due to the tireless efforts of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Justice Arun Mishra said on Tuesday.
Justice Mishra, who was speaking at the 28th Foundation Day of NHRC, said that the credit for making India a strong democracy goes to citizens and the leadership of the country.
"I heartily welcome Home Minister Amit Shah. Due to your tireless efforts, Jammu & Kashmir and North-East have seen a new era of peace and law and order," he said.
Justice Mishra also blamed "international forces" for painting a skewed picture of alleged human rights violations in India.
"It is now a norm to accuse India of human rights violation at the behest of international forces. We cannot glorify terrorists and terrorism. No one has the freedom to destroy institutions," he said.
He said that political violence has not ended in India and abroad.
"In the 20th century, about 12 crore people died due to political violence across the world. We cannot glorify killers of innocent humans. Such terrorists cannot be called freedom fighters. Human rights defenders should condemn political violence," he said.
Mishra also highlighted the freedom including religious freedom enjoyed by Indian citizens.
"Everyone has the freedom to construct temples, churches and mosques. Such freedom is not available in many other countries," he said.
The NHRC head also said that there is a tendency on the part of the police to hoist false cases.
"In the quest for instant justice, there is a tendency of police to foist false cases. This has to stop," he said.
The police system should improve so that there is no requirement at all for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Mishra added.
He also highlighted the importance of environmental protection and the need to ensure that the poor are given access to medicines.
"We have to think globally and act locally to save the environment. We are the custodians of Planet Earth, so it's our duty to save our mother land," he opined.