Religious hatred growing dangerously

Open calls for genocide and use of weapons against Muslims, made at a ‘dharma sansad’ or religious assembly in Haridwar in Uttarakhand, have triggered outrage and condemnation, but the speechmakers have flaunted their links with the ruling BJP and have said that they stand by their hate speeches. The clip from the event is being widely circulated on social media, but so far no action has been initiated against anyone. The conclave was organized by Yati Narasimhanand, a religious leader who has been accused in the past of inciting violence with his incendiary speeches.

Former military chiefs, activists and even an international tennis legend have demanded action. The right-wing fanatics are calling for genocide of Indian Muslims but there is no police action and not a single word of condemnation from the ruling BJP. With each passing day, right-wing groups are getting emboldened due to lack of action by the police and are issuing death threats to minorities. Attacks on Muslims and Christians are growing at a dangerous level. There is every possibility of the situation going out of control. Unfortunately, the government of the day is keeping silent. Many see this as tacit support of the criminal activities of right-wing groups. Once considered to be fringe groups, the hatemongering right-wing groups are now becoming mainstream. They are on TV and social media, fanning hatred against Muslims and Christians. They have complete impunity from the law and therefore do not fear the law. This growing religious hatred will cause massive damage to the social fabric of India and the country will suffer in the long run.