The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is the fountainhead of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party that believes in a Hindu-first ideology. (ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Rising Hindu nationalism has eroded India’s secular nature, claims a  US Congressional report, adding that social media platforms provide “both tacit and overt sanction” for rising incidents of “majoritarian violence” in the country.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) – an independent and bi-partisan research wing of US Congress – mentioned cow protection vigilantism and perceived assaults on freedom of expression and operations by non-governmental organisations as harming India’s secular traditions, reported Press Trust of India (PTI).

The CRS report is neither an official report of the US Congress nor does it reflect on the view of Congressmen. They are prepared to help lawmakers make informed decisions.

The report titled India: Religious Freedom Issues, said, “Religious freedom is explicitly protected under its Constitution. Hindus account for a vast majority (nearly four-fifths) of the country’s populace. Hindu nationalism has been a rising political force in recent decades, by many accounts eroding India’s secular nature and leading to new assaults on the country’s religious freedom.”

The report is authored by south Asian specialist Alan Kronstadt and it points out that the 2014 national election victory of the BJP brought attention to the issue of religious freedom in the country.