Statement of BJP leader and an active member of RSS Rajeshwar Singh sparked pressing concerns regarding genocide of Muslims and other minorities in India.
BJP and RSS leader Rajeshwar Singh,has, in an example of intimidation and hate speech said that “Muslims and Christians will be wiped out of India by December 31, 2021.” He further said that ‘we’ have decided that Islam and Christianity will be finished in India by 2021. He asserted, “this is the pledge taken by my colleagues.This is our pledge.”
This is a member of India’s ruling party openly boasting of his government’s intent to “ethnically cleanse 200 million” Muslims and 28 million Christians of India.
Rajeshwar Singh is a resident of western Uttar Pradesh and known for inciteful and inflammatory statements, be it on “love jehad” or the Aligarh Muslim University.No action has been taken against Rajeshwar Singh for his latest provocations.Clearly Indian law or the Constitution have no meaning for those of this ideological ilk.
In August 2018, media reported that the RSS sent the man leading the much controversial “Ghar Wapsi” campaign on an “indefinite sick leave”, four years after the BJP won first full majority government at the centre.
Rajeshwar Singh is an RSS pracharak heading the Dharam Jagaran Samiti and leading the highly controversial movement of re-converting Muslims and Christians back to the Hindu fold, was earlier “relieved” of his responsibilities as the Sangh felt the campaign in Agra had invited undue publicity “undermining the larger goal of Ghar Wapsi”.
Over the past few years, UP’s Dharm Jagran Samiti’s head Rajeshwar Singh has periodically defiantly made similar assertions: “Our target is to make India a Hindu Rashtra by 2021. The Muslims and Christians don’t have any right to stay here. So they would either be converted to Hinduism or forced to run away from here”
India under Modi 1.0 and Modi 2.0 has seen the widespread legitimisation of such provocative claims:
- A chorus of such speeches with the Hindu Mahasabha, announcing the launch of its “Islam-free India” campaign;
- Sadhvi Deva Thakur gives a call to declare emergency and sterilise Muslims and Christians to control their population;
- Sadhvi Sarawati gives the call to hang the ‘beef eaters’ and attack all secular people;
150 Hindu outfits openly hold a 4 day convention in Goa calling for turning India into a Hindu Rashtra by 2023.
India Plans Big Detention Camps for Migrants. Muslims Are Afraid.
NEW DELHI — It seems that BJP government is following the course of Rajeshwar Singh’s ambitions of wiping-out Muslims in India. More than four million people in India, mostly Muslims, are at risk of being declared foreign migrants as the government pushes a hard-line Hindu nationalist agenda that has challenged the country’s pluralist traditions and aims to redefine what it means to be Indian.
The hunt for migrants is unfolding in Assam, a poor, hilly state near the borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh. Many of the people whose citizenship is now being questioned were born in India and have enjoyed all the rights of citizens, such as voting in elections.
State authorities are rapidly expanding foreigner tribunals and planning to build huge new detention camps. Hundreds of people have been arrested on suspicion of being a foreign migrant — including a Muslim veteran of the Indian Army. Local activists and lawyers say the pain of being left off a preliminary list of citizens and the prospect of being thrown into jail have driven dozens to suicide.
But the governing party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not backing down.
Instead, it is vowing to bring this campaign to force people to prove they are citizens to other parts of India, part of a far-reaching Hindu nationalist program fueled by Mr. Modi’s sweeping re-election victory in May and his stratospheric popularity.
Members of India’s Muslim minority are growing more fearful by the day. Assam’s anxiously watched documentation of citizenship — a drive that began years ago and is scheduled to wrap up on Aug. 31 — coincides with another setback for Muslims, this one transpiring more than a thousand miles away.
Less than two weeks ago, Mr. Modi unilaterally wiped out the statehood of India’s only Muslim-majority state, Jammu and Kashmir, removing its special autonomy and turning it into a federal territory without any consultation with local leaders — many of whom have since been arrested.
Among Mr. Modi’s critics, events in Assam and Kashmir are Exhibits A and B in their conviction that the prime minister is using the early months of his second term to push the most forceful and divisive Hindu nationalist agenda ever attempted in India and to fundamentally reconfigure the concept of Indian identity to be synonymous with being Hindu.
Many Indians, on both sides of the political divide, see Assam and Kashmir as harbingers of the direction Mr. Modi will take this nation of 1.3 billion people in the coming years.
The stated purpose of the citizenship dragnet in Assam is to find undocumented immigrants from Bangladesh — a predominantly Muslim country to its south. Amit Shah, India’s powerful home minister, has repeatedly referred to those immigrants as “termites.’’
All of the 33 million residents of Assam have had to prove, with documentary evidence, that they or their ancestors were Indian citizens before early 1971, when Bangladesh was established after breaking away from Pakistan. That is not easy. Many families are racing to get their hands on a decades-old property deed or fraying birth certificate with an ancestor’s name on it.
Beyond this, Narendra Modi’s government has tried to pass a bill in Parliament that carves out exemptions for Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and people from other religions — but leaves out Muslims.
Mr. Modi’s critics say he is playing a dangerous game and pulling apart the diverse, delicate social fabric that has existed in India for centuries. Source: New York Times.