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Hindutva’s Final Solution: Calls For Genocide Of Indian Muslims

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If you haven’t been taking the state of minorities in India seriously, especially that of the Muslims, you really need to pay attention. Many of you know me as the editor-in-chief of Muslimmatters but my day job is at Justice For All, a human rights organization. One of our projects is Save India From Fascism, where we monitor the rise of Hindutva* and its effects on the Muslim population.

Hindutva: political ideology of Hindu nationalism, styled after European fascism of the early twentieth century; represented by the political party Bharatiya Janata Party, or Indian People’s Party (BJP).

The state of Muslims in India is dire. I truly believe that we are at a tipping point. India has two Genocide Alerts on it, more than any country in the world. Aside from economic and social disparity, attacks on masajid, regular incidents of mob violence and beef lynching* occur once persons have been identified as Muslim. This has multiplied under the current government of the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is the political wing of the Rashtriya Sawayamsewak Sangh (RSS).

The state of Muslims in India is dire. I truly believe that we are at a tipping point with this new call to 'Shastra Mev Jayate', which means 'Warfare/Weapons triumph'. India has two Genocide Alerts on it, more than any country in the world Click To Tweet

Hindutva organizations such as RSS are like the Ku Klux Klan, but worse in that it is a paramilitary force that works hand in glove with the ruling party in India. Hindutva groups are frankly unlike any thing we have seen in the past. They operate at the political (BJP, like the Nazi party or the Tea Party), social (VHP, like the KKK), religious, and paramilitary level (RSS Shakhas or centers, like the Proud Boys and the Serb Volunteer Guard), as well as with extremist groups enforcing their ideas through mob violence (Bajrang Dal).

Beef lynching: Mob murders of Muslims on accusations that the victims slaughtered or transported cows or ate beef, also known as cow vigilantism

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Compounding pre-existing conditions, amongst the chaos of the COVID-19 outbreak, BJP followers spread rumors blaming the Tablighi Jamaat for the spread of the coronavirus. They have vilified Muslims as “superspreaders”, boycotted Muslim businesses, refused to treat Muslims in hospitals, and used hashtags like #CoronaJihad to incite hate against Muslims. Some Hindu organizations refused to distribute food packets to Muslims. 

During the Delhi pogrom, at least 52 people were killed and 200 injured in three days of violence in India’s capital in February 2020. The violence was organized, systematic, and exploited existing fractures. Many minority owned businesses and properties were destroyed, and communities displaced in targeted attacks by Hindu mobs. While a policeman and some Hindus were also killed, the majority of the victims were Muslim. Often police were complicit or assisted right wing Hindu mobs. 

It wasn't just a dog whistle, it was a full on call to arms.Click To Tweet

Today I am left reeling after watching hours of footage from a Genocide Convention, I really don’t know what else to call it, held in India. It wasn’t just a dog whistle, it was a full on call to arms. The videos shared have millions of views. From December 17-19, 2021, several major religious leaders, sadhus and saints, right-wing activists, hardline fundamentalist militants and Hindutva organizations convened in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India for an event called the ‘Dharma Sansad’ or ‘Hindu Religious Parliament’. Many of these religious leaders are close to Chief Ministers in several states–these are not fringe elements of society. I want you to know their names and faces.

The largest religious body of Hindus in India issued a call for the annihilation of Muslims and other minorities and so far no one has been arrested nor has any major elected leader made any statement condemning the edict.Click To Tweet

The largest religious body of Hindus in India issued a call for the annihilation of Muslims and other minorities and so far no one has been arrested nor has any major elected leader made any statement condemning the edict.

Yati Narsinghanand Giri chairs the conference

Militant Hindutva leader Yati Narsinghanand leads the 400,000 member Juna Akhara and organized the gathering. Akharas were formed centuries ago and are inherently militant forces. Since then he has stuck to his guns, abused the government for not treating India’s Muslims like China treats Uighur Muslims.

The Hindu Religious Parliament was held in Dharmanagari Haridwar, an important Hindu pilgrimage site in North India. The gigantic Kumbh Mela takes place here and it is considered one of the holiest sites in Hinduism. Yati was invited to speak in the United States by the  Vishwa Hindu Prarishad – America, but rescinded the invitation after pressure from groups like Hindus For Human Rights.

At the conference, Swami Anand Swaroop Maharaj, who usually tweets warm fuzzy messages on Twitter, declared that “if the [local/federal] governments do not listen to our demand (establishment of a Hindu Rashtra through violence against minorities), we will wage a war far scarier than the 1857 revolt.”

“The Vishva Hindu Parishad was born out of that meeting and has since been a two-tier structure — while a group of RSS pracharaks acts as the core of the body, a vast network of prominent sadhus of various Hindu religious sects formulate Hindu perspectives not just on social but also on political issues, to be propagated to other Hindus. In the beginning, this network of sadhus was a loose structure, but later it was given a formal shape under the name of ‘margdarshak mandal’.” Akharas became compromised in recent decades according to research by Dhirendra K Jha, author of Ascetic Games: Sadhus, Akharas and the Making of the Hindu Vote, especially once the RSS outfit associated itself with the Babri masjid issue.

In 2019, the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, (ABAP) All India Akhara Council, the highest governing body of Hindu saints and seers in the country did not take part in the RSS organized Hindu Religious Parliament. “VHP works for BJP, and sadhus should stay away from politics. That’s why the Akhara Parishad decided to boycott the Dharma Sansad,” then ABAP president Swami Narendra Giri stated. His dead body was found earlier this year. The new President is an RSS/BJP supporter and the ABAP leadership was prominently featured at the assembly.

At the December 2021 conference, multiple calls to kill minorities, attack their religious spaces, and for the establishment of a Hindu state were made.

The motto of the convention was  ‘Shastra Mev Jayate’, which means “Warfare/Weapons triumph.” It was meant to incite armed violence against Muslims. At the conference, Yati Narsinghanand urged the attendees to arm themselves by stating, “Economic boycott won’t work. Hindu groups need to update themselves. Swords look good on stage only. This battle will be won by those with better weapons.” This is especially troubling in view of the growing arms sales to India.

Another Dharma Sansad is expected on January 1st and 2nd with the same call and motto. Yati has announced 3 more, one in Haryana, and two others in Uttar Pradesh (Aligarh and Ghaziabad).

According to the Wire, Narsinghanand said ”… if any youth worker is prepared to become the Hindu Prabhakaran, then before anyone else, I will give him Rs 1 crore, ten million rupees,… if anyone takes on the responsibility to become the Prabhakaran of the Hindus, I will give Rs 1 crore, and if he continues for one year, I will raise at least Rs 100 crore to give.” 

Narsinghanand was obviously referring to “Velupillai Prabhakaran, the founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), an armed organization that sought an independent state for Sri Lankan Tamils. Prabhakaran and the LTTE were responsible for the death of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.”

Over the course of three days, this event witnessed an extraordinary quantity of hate speech (noted below), mobilizations to violence and calls for genocide of Indian Muslims .  Yati’s followers also announced that they are giving arms training to youth. Remember, historically, akharas are armed militant forces.

The event was also attended by BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay, who has previously been arrested for organizing the Jantar Mantar Rally where slogans were raised calling for violence against Muslims, and BJP Mahila Morcha leader Udita Tyagi, giving the conference a level of political endorsement from the ruling party. Upadhyay presented a saffron dyed India’s Constitution to his spiritual leader, Yati Narsinghanand Giri. 

Hitler style, there were calls for a Final Solution, with several reference made to the Rohingya genocide. 

The Role of Media

The demonization and dehumanization of Muslims in India is now more prevalent. India has seen a substantial amount of hate speech and vilification of minorities, particularly Muslims, across different platforms such as mainstream media outlets, social media and public rallies is increasing at an alarming rate. In a televised speech Prime Minister Modi remarked that those involved in violence “can be identified by their clothes”, referring to the Muslim community.

Recently, the Editor in Chief of Sudarshan TV, (a channel with millions of viewers), Suresh Chavhanke, publicly took an oath to “die for and kill” to make India a ”Hindu rashtra” or a Hindu Nation. The TV channel is known to spread highly inflammatory news about the Muslim community. He was arrested in 2017 for spreading communal hatred. Additionally, Hindu extremists affiliated with India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took a public oath to kill religious minorities. In a now-viral video, Suresh Chavhanke, editor-in-chief of a television channel, is seen administering an oath to a group of people to “die for and kill” to make India a Hindu nation. The group is seen doing the Nazi salute. The Dec. 19 event in Delhi was organized by a Hindu hate group founded by Yogi Adityanath, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

Human rights organizations have been warning about the signs of genocide in the region. The well-respected Genocide Watch has two genocide alerts, declared when there are signs of the early stages of the genocidal process, on India. The most of any country in the world. With the Unites States seeing India as the foil for China, and little being said and done by the any group of Muslim governments, prayers for our brothers and sisters in India are needed. Indian Muslims are the the world’s largest Muslim population after Indonesia.

I ask you at the very least to pay attention and take action:

  • Pray for the protection of minorities in India who face an imminent risk of genocide by Hindutva groups
  • For US, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, European Union and Germany please use this link to tweet at your elected official as a constituent, once you add your address (JFA does not share your info with anyone, ever), the tool will auto-populate your elected official’s Twitter handles. You will need to set a Twitter account. Constituents have better chance of being heard. Others use the click to tweet and add your elected leaderships’ Twitter handles.
  • speak out against India’s dangerous rise of Hindu nationalism

Hindutva Religious Leaders You Need to Know about at the Genocide of Indian Muslims Convention

Swami Prabodhanand

Swami Prabodhnand Giri,

 (Army of Hindus) National President, is a close associate of Yogi Adiyanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, slated to be the next Prime Minister of India. He is known for his hate filled speeches about Love Jihad. According to the NDTV, Prabodhanand Giri, has often been photographed with party leaders. In one photo, Uttarakhand’s Chief Minister Pushkar Dhami, a BJP politician, is seen touching his feet.”

Swami Prabodhanand Giri made direct mention of the Burma’s genocide of its Muslim Rohingya population. “We have to make preparations,” said president of the Hindu Raksha Sena, a right-wing organization based out of Uttarakhand, as he called for genocide of Indian Muslims.

“And I’ll tell you what those preparations are. I will make myself clear, this is the solution, and if you follow this solution, then the path is made for you… in Myanmar, Hindus were being chased away. The politicians, government and police were just standing and watching. They started by killing them by cutting their necks, and not only this, but they began to cut them in the streets and eat them. The people watching thought we are going to die, we are not going to live.”

“This is our state now. You have seen this at the Delhi border, they killed Hindus and hung them. There is no more time, the case now is that either you prepare to die now, or get ready to kill, there’s no other way. This is why, like in Myanmar, the police here, the politicians here, the army and every Hindu must pick up weapons and we will have to conduct this cleanliness drive (safai abhiyan). There is no solution apart from this.”

Sadhavi Annapurna Maa

The general secretary of the Hindu Mahasabha (All-India Hindu Grand-Assembly) also gave a call to arms and incitement to genocide.“If you want to finish them off, then kill them… We need 100 soldiers who can ki|l 20,000,000 of them to win this,” declared Annapurna Maa. Her legal name is Pooja Shakun Pandey and she is a mahamandleshwar (high priestess) of the Niranjani Akhara, one of the largest in the nation. She gave a direct call for the mass murder of Muslims. She regularly interacts with leaders of the party like BJP MP Sadhvi Pragya and the Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan.

“Nothing is possible without weapons. If you want to eliminate their population then kill them. Be ready to kill and be ready to go to jail. Even if 100 of us are ready to kill 20 lakhs of them (Muslims), then we will be victorious, and go to jail… Like [Nathuram] Godse, I am ready to be maligned, but I will pick up arms to defend my Hindutva from every demon who is a threat to my religion,” priestess Annapurna said, as she defended the killer of Gandhi, Godse.

Dharamdas Maharaj 

Dharamdas Maharaj is from Bihar and is an elected patron of the new executive committee of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad (All India Akhara Council), the highest governing body of Hindu saints and seers in the country.

In its status as the highest body of Hindu saints and seers, the ABAP and individual akharas have influence in the society, and are generally vocal about day-to-day social issues. While the ABAP does not participate in electoral politics, in the recent past, it has openly supported the BJP.

“If I was present in the parliament when PM Manmohan Singh said that minorities have first right over national resources, I would’ve followed Nathuram Godse, I’d have shot him six times in the chest with a revolver,” stated Maharaj.

Swami Anand Swaroop

Swami Anand Swaroop Maharaj is the President of the Shankaracharya Council and runs an Ashram (monastery) in Bengaluru.

To cheers of “Jai Hindutva”, Anand Swaroop claimed at the conference to have threatened locals and hotels in Haridwar not to celebrate Christmas. Swaroop declared that they won’t allow people to celebrate Christmas in Haridwar or other festivals of Christians and Muslims in the state of Uttarakhand. He said this year, he won’t allow Muslims and Christians to celebrate their festivals in Uttarakhand, since it belongs only to Hindus. He asserted that if “people celebrate then they are responsible for the damage that will be done to them.”

Swami Anandswaroop made headlines in January 2021 when he addressed a ‘Hindu Panchayat’ in Meerut, explaining the rationale of these campaigns in clear terms.

“My argument is that if you [Muslims] want to remain associated with us, you should first stop reading the Quran and stop offering namaz (Muslims prayers),” he had said at the event. 

Then he had offered a ‘solution’ to Hindus: genocide of Indian Muslims

“You decide that you will not buy anything from a Muslim. If you destroy them socially, politically and economically, they will begin converting to Hinduism from Islam,” he said. He has also called  for an army of one crore Hindu youth.”

“Pick up swords, guns or whatever you have, war has been declared and it will go on till we have a Hindu rashtra.”

Sagar Sindhuraj Maharaj

“I keep repeating again and again that keep 5000 rupee mobile but buy a 1 lakh rupee weapon. You should at least have sticks and swords.” says Sagar Sindhuraj Maharaj

Swami Premanand Maharaj stressed on the need for Hindus to purchase weapons to defend religion.

Sindhu Sagar Swami of Roorkee

Sindhu Sagar Swami of Roorkee advised attendees and those watching on social media to buy lands owned by Muslims and make village “Muslim-free”. He then boasts of trapping at least 10 Muslims in fake Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Act cases and asked more people to do the same. 

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Hena Zuberi is the Editor in Chief of Muslimmatters.org. She leads the DC office of the human rights organization, Justice For All, focusing on stopping the genocide of the Rohingya under Burma Task Force, advocacy for the Uighur people with the Save Uighur Campaign and Free Kashmir Action. She was a Staff Reporter at the Muslim Link newspaper which serves the DC Metro. Hena has worked as a television news reporter and producer for CNBC Asia and World Television News. Active in her SoCal community, Hena served as the Youth Director for the Unity Center. Using her experience with Youth, she conducts Growing Up With God workshops. hena.z@muslimmatters.org Follow her on Twitter @henazuberi.

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  1. Amer Rizvi

    January 6, 2022 at 12:37 PM

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