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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2708

Hindutva march: US panel asks Obama to act against Indian negative attitude toward minorities!

By Dr. Abdul Ruff

Indians expected PM Narendra Modi to further advance the non-hatred policies of first ever BJP PM AB Vajpayee but, unfortunately, not only he is reluctant to do so but even pursues a hard cord Hindutva agenda to placate Hindutva constituency in the country.

It is already on record that the PM Narendra Modi led BJP/NDA government promotes not only Hindutva as its major policy to keep the ultra Hindu communal elements in good humors, but, worse, directly targets minorities, especially Muslims. So much so, Muslims are now openly denied jobs because of their religion. Recently a private organization rejected the application of a Muslim candidate and there was a lively debate the issue on TV channels however, the Muslim applicants are denied jobs. This development is central part of Hindutva ideology was not totally unexpected by Muslims, though. PM Modi is eager show to Hindu voters that he stands by Hindutva slogans does not try to stop the trend for obvious electoral reasons.

While Congress, the root cause of anti-Muslim sentiments in the society as well as is responsible for the national level growth of RSS and BJP parivar as “patriotic“ parties. BJP wants to bury Congress once for all and hence aggressive pursues Hindutva policies, targeting Muslims and other minorities.

Congress party thought the RSS family can help the Congress government in containing the Muslims but RSS/BJP outwitted Congress to emerge the ruling dispensation to replace the Congress governments at centre and in states.
That is indeed the tragedy of Congress wickedness!

Notwithstanding Indian Prime Minister Modi’s declaration of pursuing inclusive governance, he still systematically pursues anti-Muslim trends of Hindutva parties.

In further expending the state policies of Congress party , the BJP government is openly violating the Constitution that provides for special attention for minorities, Muslims.

It is amazing that theoretically, Indian Constitution safeguards the rights of minorities, but in practice, ideology of Hindutva (Hindu nationalism) prevails. Hindu majority led by the BJP has shown complete disregard to it, and commit excesses and cruelties against Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and Dalits with impunity. Hindu politics and culture, dominated by the fundamentalist parties such as BJP, VHP, Shiv Sena and RSS including other extremist outfits have been propagating Hindutva. Provocative utterances of their extremist leaders have resulted into unending violence especially against the Muslims and Christians.

USA with which India is keen to further strengthen strategic partnership, has criticised PM Modi’s fanatic policies that breaks secular façade of India and reminds New Delhi that BJP is the ruling part of all citizens and not just of Hindutva mined Hindus.

It is surprising that Indian media did not take notice of the report of a US Congress-established panel which has shown serious concerns over the maltreatment of religious minorities in India.

On April 30, in its annual report 2015, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom said, “Since the [last year’s] election, religious minority communities have been subject to derogatory comments by politicians linked to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and numerous violent attacks and forced conversions by Hindu nationalist groups, such as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP). The report pointed out, “Hindu groups had announced plans in December to forcibly reconvert at least 4,000 Christian families and 1,000 Muslim families to Hinduism in Uttar Pradesh as part of a so-called ‘ghar wap’' (homecoming) programme…the Hindu groups sought to raise money for their campaign, noting that it cost nearly 200,000 rupees per Christian and 500,000 rupees per Muslim.”

The Panel asked the Obama Administration to press the Indian government to publicly rebuke officials and religious leaders who make derogatory remarks about various communities including Sikhs. However, as part of anti-Muslim and anti-Christian approach, leader of the BJP and Narendra Modi is giving impetus to Hindu chauvinism. Indian society is rapidly radicalizing, as unprecedented rise of Hindu extremism has posed serious threats to the very existence of the religious minorities.

It is mentionable that Hindutva agenda enabled RSS/BJP hardliner, Narendra Modi to get a land sliding triumph in the Indian elections 2014 by very tactfully using the anti-corruption movement of Hazare and Kejriwal. .The RSS driven anti-Muslim move of the BJP including other Hindu fanatic parties could be judged from various developments. On May 28, 2014, just two days after Modi assumed power the Rashtriya Hindu Andolan, a Mangalore-based Hindutva outfit and activists from various right wing groups organized a protest in front of the office of Deputy Commissioner in Mangalore in Karnataka state where BJP formed its first Hindutva government of South Asia long back, by demanding the authorities to ban the morning Muslim call to prayer (Azan) across the country. Besides forcing the Muslim employee in a Parliament Canteen by BJP leader to break his fast by stuffing piece of bread in his mouth, statement of Deputy Chief of Goa, declaring India as a Hindu state might be cited as example.

Congress won elections when Muslims overwhelmingly voted for it and loses when they vote against it. RSS is advancing its agenda for which many in Congress party sympathize with. It is noteworthy that in 1992, a large criminalized crowd of Hindu Karsevaks (volunteers) in accordance with a preplanned scheme of the Indian high officials and intelligence entirely demolished the 16th-century Babri Masjid (mosque) to reclaim the land known as RAM Janmabhoomi–birthplace of the god. The destruction of the historic Babri Masjid sparked Muslim outrage around the country, provoking several months of inter-communal rioting between Hindu and Muslim communities, causing the death of at least 2,000 people, majority of whom were Muslims. Besides, massacre of 2500 Muslims in the in the BJP-ruled Indian state of Gujarat in 2002 and those of more than 2002 Muslims during the communal riots of 2008 in Uttar Pradesh—participation of Indian high officials and leaders of the VHP, BJP and Bajrang Dal in the incidents might also be cited as instance.

Now the Modi government offers support and guidance to Hindutva forces. PM refuses to follow the foot path of former PM Vajpayee who could contain the communal forces among Hindus, though his government conferred the once prestigious national award Bharatratna on Vajpayee this year.

Similarly, in the recent years, assaults on Christians, their churches and property have been executed by the Hindu mobs in various cities of India. In this connection, at least 100 Christians have been assassinated by Hindu extremists, mostly in the state of Orissa. It is of particular attention that on November 7, 2011, leader of the VHP, Pravin Togadia, in his furious speech questioned the past of Muslims and Christians, and further gave a call to Hindus to capture the Islamic holy places in Arab and Vatican of Europe.

One fears if Hindu extremists would cause World War III or clash of civilizations, Arab world generally does not take note of the plight of Muslims in India where Hindutva hatred for Muslims and Islam is on the rise.
Congress and other pseudo secular parties misusing Muslims for votes are eagerly waiting for the opportunity that could be open to them if BJP goes further targeting the minorities.

It is worth-mentioning that forced conversions of other religious minorities into Hindus also continue. In this regard, Bajrang Dal, an offshoot of the RSS, converted at least 57 Muslim families (200 people) into Hindus at a ceremony in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Previously, in early September 2014, Christians were also forcefully converted to Hindus which created unrest among Christian clergy. Recently, a similar event in Aligarh saw Christian families converting to Hinduism. Since installment of the BJP government in the center, this campaign has been accelerated.

As regards persecution of minorities in India, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Testimony by Human Rights Watch presented before US Senate Committee on atrocious attitude of Hindu majority had highlighted the plight of minorities in India. The report was presented before Indian general elections 2014. But, it is strange that American government which had denied visa to Modi on the basis of his involvement in Gujrat genocide, allowed. Some of the fanatic Hindu groups are not in favour of a separate and distinct culture for minorities. A Hindu fundamentalist namely Prof Balraj Madhok had suggested that the minorities must adopt Indian (Hindu) names.

Now, schools and other educational institutions are being systematically Hinduized and Muslims have to depend on institutions run by Muslim organizations themselves for education but where will they get jobs? References to Hindu gods and goddesses abound in the text books. Books, prescribed by the Education Boards contain lessons giving false stories of Muslim atrocities on Hindu women, kidnapping, forced conversion etc.

It is a good sign for Indian secularism that the USA has abandoned its double standards by showing grave concerns about mistreatment of Indian religious minorities. Undoubtedly, Hindu fundamentalism is increasingly widening its influence everywhere and has already established for itself a firm base in every sector of the Indian society including bureaucracy, media, educational institutions, and the like. The hate campaign unleashed by the fundamentalist forces is keeping the minority wholly preoccupied with defending their basic human rights and cultural identity.

American report has exposed Indian false claim of the largest democracy, acting upon the principles of liberalism and secularism, socialism etc etc. The West and particular the USA must take appropriate steps against New Delhi in cleansing Hindutva rots. Otherwise, Hindu fanatics not only would dictate terms to all minorities but even could challenge the world powers.

The ruling Hindutva ideology in India operates on lies and hoax. Indian Hindutva forces, like the Zionist criminal elements , advance a mysterious course of revenge for what they consider historic occurrences as per books churned out by some ultra fanatic Hindu elements who claim their right to rule the world according to their fancies.

- Asian Tribune -

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