India’s PM Narendra Modi Threatened by al-Qaeda
It is largely believed that Muslims are now facing a new phase of neglect under the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which formed the government in India in May 2014.
By Rakesh Raman
The voice-over in a video message posted by As-Sahab, the media wing of Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, has threatened India’s Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi, who is allegedly working against the interests of Muslims in India.
Titled “From France to Bangladesh: The Dust Will Never Settle Down,” the video was posted Saturday and it claims that there is a war going on against Muslims “through World Bank and IMF policies, drone attacks, Charlie Hebdo’s writings, UN charter, official sermons by muftis and Narendra Modi’s utterances.”
The message also claimed responsibility for the death of Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born American writer who was murdered by assailants in Dhaka.
It is not the first time that Modi has been threatened by the terrorist outfit. Last year, in its magazine Resurgence, al-Qaeda had called Modi a “Hindu fanatic and mass murderer of Muslims in India.”
It is largely believed that Muslims are now facing a new phase of neglect under the Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which formed the government in India in May 2014.
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BJP openly calls itself a Hindu party, which wants to make India a Hindu Rashtra – or a non-Muslim country, though there are nearly 15% Muslims (about 190 million) in India’s population.
Among many incidents of violence against Muslims in India, it’s alleged that in the Gujarat riots of 2002, nearly 2,000 Muslims were murdered besides there were incidents of rape, robbery, and widespread destruction of property affecting Muslims.
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It was also alleged that the killings were executed at the behest of PM Narendra Modi who was then the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Although Indian courts have almost exonerated Modi in this case, most Muslims still believe that Modi was responsible for Gujarat massacre.
Earlier, Ayman al-Zawahari – the chief of global terror group al-Qaeda – released a 55-minute video message announcing the formation of its new wing for Jihad in the Indian subcontinent.
Besides Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Nepal, the terror outfit – according to Ayman al-Zawahari – will target India – beginning with the Indian states of Gujarat, Assam, and the disputed Kashmir region.
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Although it is being observed that the al-Qaeda move is to counter the growing influence of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – a breakaway group of al-Qaeda) in the Muslim territories, its damaging impact on India can’t be ruled out.
It was said that the new al-Qaeda endeavor is aimed to “rescue Muslims from injustice and oppression” in the newly identified areas of South Asia – particularly India.
However, in a TV interview, Modi said al-Qaeda won’t succeed in its attempts to woo local Muslims because all Indian Muslims are patriotic and they will live and die for India.
Meanwhile, a US-based terrorism threat management group has put Modi’s parent Hindu outfit Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (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).”
By Rakesh Raman, the managing editor of RMN Company
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