Indian police have launched an investigation into the massacre of Muslim minorities and the incitement of hardline Hindutva activists. At a meeting earlier this month, a female speaker said there was nothing wrong with killing Muslims and going to jail.
Leaders of several far-right groups have called for “genocide” against Muslims. Hindu Sabha leader Yati Narsingyananda organized a three-day ‘hate rally’ called Dharma Sangsad. – AFP, Dawn, The Print.
According to The Quint, the rally was held in Haridwar town of Uttarakhand from 16 to 19 December. It called for the killing of minorities and attacks on their religious sites.
Narsingyananda said the economic boycott was not working against minorities. Hindu groups should update themselves further. Swords only look good on stage. Those who have good weapons in their hands will win this war.
A report in The Print last October blamed Narsingyananda for inciting recent violence against Muslims at various times.
Swami Prabodhananda, president of the Hindu Raksha Sena, said, “Like Myanmar, our police, politicians, the military and every Hindu must take up arms.” Then the slaughter will have to be carried out. There is no other option left.
And Sadbi Annapurna, secretary general of the political party Hindu Mahasabha, also encouraged the people to carry out genocide with arms.
“Nothing is possible without weapons,” he said. If you want to uproot their population, kill them. Get ready to kill and go to jail. Even if hundreds of us are ready to kill 2 million of them (Muslims), we will be victorious. Then you go to jail.
Then the religious leader Swami Anandaswarup gave advice on how to treat Muslim shopkeepers badly. Giving an example, he said, we used to see big bearded mullahs on our road every morning, now they wear saffron beards. Haridwar, Maharaj has no Muslim buyers. So boycott them.
The three-day meeting was also attended by the country’s ruling BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay and BJP Mahila Morcha leader Udita Tayagi, The Weir reported. They also gave provocative speeches in it.
In a later interview with the Indian Express, Ashwini Upadhyay said that it was a three-day meeting. I was there one day. I have been on the stage for half an hour talking about the constitution. I don’t know who said what before or after me. I can’t take that responsibility either.
However, the video of the meeting has already spread on social media. There is also criticism from various quarters. According to NDTV, a statement has not been submitted even after several days of the incident.
“There is nothing to be ashamed of what I have said,” Prabodhananda of Hindu Raksha Sena told NDTV. I am not afraid of the police. I have taken a stand for my own statement.
“We have differences with your thinking,” he added. Read the constitution. My statement is not provocative. If anyone wants to kill me, I will build resistance. I am not afraid of the law.
However, Indian MP Asaduddin Owaisi has termed the incident as a clear incitement to genocide. However, no comment has been received from the Modi government yet.
Uttarakhand police said they were investigating the incident. Strict action will be taken against the culprits.