A senior Indian diplomat has come under fire after arguing that New Delhi ought to impose an ‘Israeli model’ to resettle Hindus into the disputed Kashmir territory, prompting cries of bigotry and demands for his resignation.

The controversial suggestion was posed by India’s Consul General in New York, Sandeep Chakravorty, during a private address to a group of Kashmiri Hindus – known as Pandits, many of whom fled violence in the region in the 1970s. The speech was captured on video and shared widely on social media.

“I believe the security conditions in Jammu and Kashmir will improve. It will allow refugees to go back and in your lifetime, you will be able to go back … because we already have a model in the world,” Chakravorty told the audience, apparently referring to Israeli settlements.

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