Hate Speeches in Bihar, UP: Encouraging Divisive Ideologies and Justifying Anti-Muslim Violence

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NEW DELHI – The last days of October saw hate speeches being delivered in the state of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Three instances of hate speech targeting the Muslim community in Bihar were reported by Hindutva Watch on ‘X’ (formerly Twitter) while one stance was from UP.

The speakers in each reported instance have peddled false conspiracy theories, justified as well as raised calls for violence against Muslims and spread a hateful divisive ideology. The details of the speeches delivered are as follows:

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  1. Location: Patna, Bihar 

Date: October 29 

A hate speech targeting the Muslim community was delivered by Hindu supremacist monk Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati at an event in Patna. In his speech, he demonized the Muslim community and justified the use of violence against Indian Muslims while using disinformation from the Israeli-Hamas war. In addition to this, he weaponised violence against women to create fear in the mind of his target Hindu audience and raised calls for taking up arms against Muslims.

Extracts from the speech:

“How many people want a similar situation for us where, just like in Israel, these thieves chopped off the heads of small children and play football with it? How many people want these wild thieves want these to rape their daughters and their sisters, kill them and rape their dead bodies? How many people want these people to kill us and eat our hearts? None of us want this. This is why we have to be ready to fight and stand up against these people.”

“For the number of sons we have, we should have more number of weapons ready for them. We have to ensure that our sons are ready for the day these wild animals reach our home. We have to start preparing from now only as this is a long fight. It is your duty to ensure that the day these jihadis reach your house, no one should be left alive.”

“The threat that looms over Sanatam Dharam today is unprecedented.”

“Today, the whole world is ready to fight them. What are we Hindus doing? All of us are siting today hoping that a minister will do some magic trick and save us.”

“Today, India is on the verge being controlled by these jihadis. And, to reach this situation, it is not only the fault of these jihadis as they are just doing what they are taught in their books, we are also at fault. We have gone crazy licking the boots of the ministers. We do not have any ministers of any religious gurus who are willing to fight against these jihadis. We have to fight on our own to save our homes, our daughters, our temples and our religion.”

“If our population keeps on decreasing like this, then in 2029 itself, a Muslim will become the Prime Minister of India. They are also taking over our lands and our temples.”

At a separate venue, in the state of Patna, Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati delivered another hate speech. In line with the problematic claims made by Yati Narsinghanand in the previous speech, he peddled unsubstantiated conspiracies related to the Israel-Hamas-Palestine conflict to give fire to the anti-Muslim sentiments prevalent in India. He raised calls for violence against Muslims and also spread conspiracy theories using the bogey of ‘Love-Jihad’.

Extracts from the speech:

“Love-jihad is nothing but jihad itself. Jihad takes place every second of every day. Prophet Mohammad has said that even if Jihad is not taking place, it should be on the mind of a Muslim all the time.”

“These thieves do not have any strength of their own, they are only pretending to have power due to our helplessness.”

“If you want to continue living and wish to stay alive, you will have to start preparing for a fight.”

“When these people were killing and raping innocents in Israel, the demons related to them who have spread out through the world started bursting crackers and celebrating it. But the Jews did not let this slide by. All the Jews stood up against these wild animals and took up arms. They responded to their attack on such a massive scale that all these wild animals started crying.”

“We pick up our newspapers and read about our army dying on the borders on a daily basis but we do nothing about it because we are all cowards and impotent. We need to return to our Sanatana Dharama and take action again.”

  1. Location: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 

Date: October 29, 2023 

Harishankar Jain, the President of the Hindu Front for Justice, delivered a hate speech targeting Muslim places of worship and made unsubstantiated claims of temples being captured by the Muslim community in India. 

Extracts from the speech:

“We have taken a resolution that we need to free the birth place of Lord Krishna and destroy that symbol of slavery. The common people of India cannot bear with that symbol of slavery for much longer.”

“I went to Goshala recently. I was surprised at the Hindus living there as they were living at a place that removed a 1000 years old temple. It became a mosque after that and Muslims used to offer Namaz there every Friday. I filed a petition on the same at the High Court which had been admitted.”

“There is a Laxman fort here. People have been referring to it as the fort with the mosque. I had filed a case against the same in the year 2013. It is the duty of every individual in Lucknow to get the Laxman fort free from every mosque.”

“It is own our choice to verify who we are going to buy vegetables from and who is our barber. We need to read the names before going to the shops. We can’t rely on Modi ji and Yogi ji for everything, we have to do this ourselves.”

The video can be accessed here:

2. Location: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Location: Khagaria, Bihar 

Date- Video uploaded on ‘X’ (formerly Twitter) on November 1, 2023

Pankaj Singh, leader of the extremist organisation Vishwa Hindu Parishad, delivered a hate speech targeting the Muslim community and making misleading statements on Muslims entrapping Hindu women with the aim of promoting enmity towards Muslims.

Extracts from the speech:

“A very big syndicate is being operated in India through which Muslim men are entrapping Hindu women. They trap these women in Love and keep thinking that their ‘Abdul’ or ‘Salim’ will not be the same as they others. One day, knowing that their families will not allow them to marry a Muslim, the Hindu woman take their clothes and run away with the Muslim man. These women then convert to Islam and then marry them. These men then stay with the woman for 1 or 2 years and then move on to entrapping other Hindu women.”

“They have fixed rates for converting Hindu women based on their castes. The Masjid committee in their district will give them the promised money. After getting the money, they sell them at a red-light area or in some other country. In some cases, if they don’t sell the girl, they end up killing them and discarding them in suitcases. Since many years, our Hindu girls are becoming victims of Love-Jihad.”

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