Mohd Aasif | Caravan Daily
NEW DELHI — A Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) activist, Deepak Madan Deepu, came to address the gathering at Shaheen Bagh on the eve of Delhi Legislative Assembly polls. In his speech, Madan appealed to Prime Minister Modi to come to Shaheen Bagh and listen to the mothers and daughters of the country. He urged the PM..“You talk about mothers and daughters, so you must come to Shaheen Bagh and talk to them”.
Deepak Madan Deepu is a volunteer with the BJP and claims to be a member of the Bajrang Dal and the RSS. He gained popularity when an advertisement of “Desh maange Narendra Modi, Dilli maange Kejriwal (Country wants Narendra Modi, Delhi wants Kejriwal) surfaced on the roads of the National Capital in the context of the state assembly elections.
Shaheen Bagh has been a constant target of BJP leaders in their hate speeches during the state assembly election campaign. Pravesh Verma, BJP Member of Parliament, demonized the protesters of Shaheen Bagh. Protesters were vaguely labelled as terrorists.
Recently, another member of extremist Hindutva organisation Gunja Kapoor was found scouting around the women of Shaheen Bagh in Burqa. In a video, she blames the protesters for hiding something about the movement and raises the question of safety of the people who don’t identify themselves with the movement.
Talking about the safety of the people associated with the government and allied organisations, Madaan did not feel unsafe. “I have come here twice and received the same kind of treatment I get at my relatives home.”, he added. Taking a different stand on Shaheen Bagh, Madan believes that the public of Delhi in particular and the country in general have been misinformed by the Hindu forces and shooting incidents are the outcome of misinformation being spread.
“Modi ji must not divide Indians on the basis of religion, and should treat all religions equally”, said Madan, while speaking about the divisive nature of the citizenship amendment act. “It is creating a rift among the various communities.”