Hindu Rulers in India Irk the Muslims, Again

As BJP and Narendra Modi are hell-bent to make India a Hindu Rashtra (a nation only for Hindus), they have been systematically targeting minority communities including Muslims and Christians.

By Rakesh Raman

Rakesh Raman

Rakesh Raman

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has made it a kind of trend in India. Its leaders first express their hate for Muslims and then apologize ostensibly.

The latest incident is of projecting Muslims as terrorists in mock security exercises in Gujarat, where over 2,000 Muslims were actually massacred in riots when India’s Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of the state.

Consequently, Human Rights Watch blamed the Gujarat government for human rights violations, U.S. banned Modi’s entry into the country by denying him visa, terrorist group Al-Qaeda describes Modi as a “Hindu fanatic and mass murderer,” and Muslims have been facing perpetual persecution in India.

Now, a new BBC report reveals that the Muslims in India are furious, as the Gujarat police conducted mock security drills using fake “militants” dressed as Muslims.

Although authorities have admitted it was a mistake, the act is believed to be a deliberate attempt by the BJP government to show Muslims as terrorists.

[ Read: What Is the Future of Muslims in India? ]

As BJP and Modi are hell-bent to make India a Hindu Rashtra (a nation only for Hindus), they have been systematically targeting minority communities including Muslims and Christians.

Of late, a BJP education minister hurt the sentiment of Christians by canceling the traditional Christmas holiday in Indian schools, although schools were allowed to observe holiday when opposition political parties protested.

Moreover, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in India issued notices to government authorities in a recent incident of arson in a church in Delhi.

A room in the Dariyakhan Ghummat relief camp in Ahmedabad housing over 50 women and children in 2002. The camp held 5,100 people and is one of approximately one hundred relief camps in Gujarat, where 98,000 people, a great majority of them Muslim, have been displaced by the violence. Photo courtesy: Smita Narula / Human Rights Watch

A room in the Dariyakhan Ghummat relief camp in Ahmedabad housing over 50 women and children in 2002. The camp held 5,100 people and is one of approximately one hundred relief camps in Gujarat, where 98,000 people, a great majority of them Muslim, have been displaced by the violence. Photo courtesy: Smita Narula / Human Rights Watch

BJP seems to be particularly working against Muslims who are nearly 15% in India’s population of 1.3 billion. As there have been repeated cases of religious conversions forcing Muslims to embrace Hinduism, opposition political parties in India have protested strongly against the BJP government and particularly Modi.

The issues related to religious conflicts have reached such an alarming stage that PM Modi even threatened to quit a few days ago, as he has failed to tame BJP’s parent Hindu outfit Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and other affiliated Hindu groups that are spreading communal hatred in the country.

[ Read: Indian PM Narendra Modi Plans to Quit. अब अच्छे दिन आने वाले हैं ]

Meanwhile, a US-based terrorism threat management group has put RSS in the list of terrorist organizations, saying “RSS is a shadowy, discriminatory group that seeks to establish a Hindu Rashtra, a Hindu Nation. The group is considered the radical ideological parent group of India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party – the Indian Peoples Party (BJP).”

Also, a Yahoo-AP article suggests that Modi has remained silent as the fears are growing among minority religious groups in India.

According to the article, Modi has dismissed the fears as media exaggeration and showed his inability to resolve the issue. Sad but true.

By Rakesh Raman, the managing editor of RMN Company

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