The anti-Muslim campaign of hardline Hindutva leaders in India is getting a lot of criticism in the foreign media. It is being said that the Modi government has kept silence on the anti-Muslim hatred.
Hardline Hindutva leader Yeti Narasimhanand, who openly spoke hatred against Muslims, organized the Dharma Sansad in Haridwar from December 17 to 19 last week.
Video clips of the speech given in this Dharma Sansad have gone viral on social media. In the video clip, violence against Muslims and Hindus are being asked to take up arms.
On Thursday, the Uttarakhand Police has registered an FIR against Wasim Rizvi alias Jitendra Narayan Tyagi and others in this case. Wasim Rizvi was the former chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Central Shia Waqf Board. Rizvi had recently announced that he had left Islam and converted to Hinduism. What was the role of Rizvi in the Dharma Sansad of Haridwar, it is not clear.
Sharing this video clip, people from abroad are also taking a dig at the Indian government on social media.
Apart from this, it has got good coverage in foreign media. This is not the first time for Yeti Narasimhanand, when he has spoken of violence against Muslims. Earlier, he had also made objectionable remarks on Prophet Mohammad.
Britain’s MP Naaz Shah tweeted the video of the Hindu Yuva Vahini program of hatred against Muslims, writing, “This is not Nazi Germany of 1941. This is India of 2021. An appeal is being made to kill Muslims. This is happening now. Those who are calling this extremist group should know that Hitler also started in the same way. Where is the global protest in this matter?”
At the same time, CJ Varleman, foreign correspondent of Byline Times, has posted a video clip of the program of Hindu Yuva Vahini in Delhi on Twitter. This clip also has a translation in English of the speech of hardline Hindutva leaders. Varleman has written a line from the video clip in English – We are ready to fight and kill for the Hindu Rashtra.
Audrey Truschke, Professor of South Asian History at Ruckers University in New Jersey, also tweeted the news related to it, writing, “A society wants to stop genocide. Programs related to this are stopped and arrested so that it does not happen again. In Modi’s India? BJP leaders take part in such programs and no arrests are made.
- Parliament of Religions
Delhi BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay also attended the Dharma Sansad held in Haridwar from December 17 to 19. It is seen in the video of the Parliament of Religions that Hindutva leaders and sadhus are appealing to Hindus to take up arms against Muslims.
Former Delhi BJP spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay told the Kolkata-based English daily Telegraph that he was only in the Parliament of Religions for 30 minutes on December 19 and no hate speech was given in front of him. In August this year, Upadhyay was briefly arrested for raising slogans that spread violence against Muslims at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar.
Well-known Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir, while retweeting the video clip of the Haridwar incident, wrote, “This woman is openly inciting violence against Indian Muslims. This is the female version of Hitler, planning a genocide in the near future. This woman is proving that Muhammad Ali Jinnah was absolutely right that he created a separate Pakistan for Muslims. Thank you Jinnah sahib.
While retweeting the video clip of Haridwar, the Indian American Muslim Council wrote, “IMCA condemns the appeal of Hindu nationalists to massacre Muslims in India. Recently, Hindu extremist leaders organized Dharma Sansad and in this an appeal has been made to take up arms against Muslims.
Turkey’s state broadcaster TRT has also published news about this. TRT has written in its report, “Leaders of hardline right-wing groups affiliated to the ruling Narendra Modi government have appealed for the annihilation of minorities in India. Especially 200 million Muslims of India have been targeted.
The TRT wrote in its report, “Gandse had assassinated Gandhi on January 30, 1948 and his association was also with the ideology of Hindutva. In India, Muslims have also been targeted in the name of love-jihad. Apart from this, Muslims are not being allowed to offer prayers in the open in Gurgaon, adjacent to Delhi.
- targeting the central government
Michael Kagelman, South Asia Associate and author at The Wilson Center, tweeted, “Last week a three-day outright hate-mongering event took place in India. It also incited violence against minorities. it’s scary. But there is no strictness or condemnation from the government. The sad truth is that the deafening silence isn’t surprising in the least. In this one speaker was from the ruling BJP and the rest of the people are also associated with the BJP.
This tweet of Michael has also been retweeted by Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry. All the newspapers of Pakistan have published it prominently. English newspapers Dawn and Express Tribune have accused the Modi government of discriminating against the Muslims of India.
French news agency AFP has also published a report of discrimination against Muslims under Modi rule. The AFP report said, “There is no place for prayers. Due to lack of space in Gurgaon, Muslims are unable to offer prayers in the open. The arrival of Modi in 2014 has encouraged fundamentalist Hindus and they feel that this is a Hindu nation and there is no place for Muslims.