Police Inaction Emboldens Hindutva Leaders to Spread Anti-Muslim Hate

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At a recent far-right meeting at Phulambri, Aurangabad in Maharashtra Hindutva protagonists brazenly called for an economic boycott of Muslims and hurled conspiratory theories of ‘Love Jihad’

Abu Anam | Clarion India

NEW DELHI — In total disregard to several Supreme Court directives to contain hate speeches, the police and various state administrations have utterly failed to stem the rot. The apex court has even directed the police to suo moto register cases against hate mongers, but several Hindutva organisations continue to spread hatred ceaselessly and with impunity.

Anti-Muslim rhetorics and calls for an attack against minorities have now become a norm rather than an exception, especially after the infamous Dharma Sansad in December 2021. 

Hindu organisations, often emerging in different garbs, but linked to the VHP-Bajrang-Dal and even the RSS are behind this hate campaign. The legal impunity accorded to hate speakers has emboldened these groups to no end. Of late, Muslim bashing has been the favourite political recipe of Hindutva politics.

The inaction of the police to book the culprits and their failure to act preemptively compounds the problems. As such, the tacit political support in the run-up to the 2024 election makes the hate industry more widespread.

At a recent Hindutva meeting at Phulambri, Aurangabad in Maharashtra Hindutva protagonists brazenly called for an economic boycott of Muslims and hurled conspiratory theories of ‘Love Jihad’

Jan Akroash Morcha organised by Sakal Hindu Samaj, Swami Vishuddhanand of Gayatri Ashram, Akola, pitched for an economic boycott of Muslims and peddled conspiracy theories of ‘Love Jihad’ and Muslim population explosion. Sakal Hindi Samaj has been notoriously dotting the state of Maharashtra and others with meetings and speeches that spew venom against the Muslim community.

The videos of the Akola meeting were tweeted by HindutvaWatch, a research initiative which monitors reports of attacks on members of religious minorities in the country.

Sakal Hindu Samaj is the same organisation that has been offering Muslim bashers a platform to make hate speeches by organising events demanding central laws against ‘Love Jihad’, religious conversion and cow slaughter.

At the Akola meeting, Swami Vishuddhanand alerted the cheering audience to prevent Hindu girls from falling into the trap of Muslim fake love. “Check the call details of your daughters regularly, do not allow them to eat outside. If you are buying fruit from the market, ensure that you are buying from Hindu fruit sellers only. Remember that when you buy from Muslim fruit sellers, they spit on the fruit, my own colleague saw this. They are doing ‘Love Jihad’ with the money you spend on fruit. Hindus should start their own businesses”, he added while suggesting ways to stop the ‘Love Jihad’ threat, media reports reaching here said on Thursday.

Further, Swami Vishuddhanand wanted the community to keep tabs on ‘bearded Muslims’, out to lure Hindu girls. He also questioned the sincerity of Muslims in approaching Hindu girls for various purposes.

‘Love Jihad’ is a favourite bogie claim peddled by right-wingers to tarnish interreligious friendship and love. It assumes if a Muslim male befriends a female, it’s to convert her to Islam and thus increase the population of Muslims to capture the country. 

In the same meeting, Hindu Rashtra Sena President Dhananjay Desai claimed Muslims were not true Indians as their loyalty is at Makkah. “India is our holy land. Only those who abide by this idea in thoughts and action are true Indians”, he claimed.

He referred to Muslims as a virus hellbent on destroying the lofty ideals of the nation. 

He also accused Christians of fomenting religious conversions in North India. “In Manipur, the Meitei tribals, the ones who are the original indigenous tribe of Manipur, are being attacked by the Christians of Manipur. Whole villages belonging to the Meitei are being attacked by these Christians.”

Although acquitted by the court, Desai was accused in the murder of Mohsin Shaikh in Pune in a communal clash in 2014. He was also arrested for fomenting violence after CAA-NRC amendments.

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