The essential mainstreaming of Muslim hatred from the Hindu right
Just a fortnight before Bharatiya Janata Party MP Parvesh Verma called for a “total boycott” of “these people”, a sinister anti-Muslim message emerged from the Nagpur headquarters of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Together, these posts show that the community rot has gone deeper and developed more dreadful roots than many would like to believe – open calls to target the minority community have long since moved beyond the so-called fringe into the mainstream of the mainstream. Hindutva.
Verma’s call came Oct. 9 at a public meeting in Delhi, organized by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and several Hindu right-wing organizations. Media reported that the meeting was aimed at protesting the killing of a man, identified as Manish, in which all six accused were Muslims. Police said the murder was the result of an old rivalry.
In videos that emerged from the event, Verma can be heard saying from the stage: “Mai kehta hoon agar inka dimag theek karna hai, inki tabiyat theek karni hai, toh ek hee ilaaj hai. Aur wo hai sampurna bahishkaar“I say if you want to fix them, if you want to cure them, there is only one remedy. And it’s a total boycott. He asked all participants to “repeat with me that we will totally boycott these people. We won’t buy anything from them. We will not pay them any salary. While Verma’s message was clear, after some outrage at his remarks, he told media that he did not name any religious communities, but was referring to the families of those who commit such murders.
Although largely unnoticed, a message along the same lines had emanated from the RSS headquarters at Reshimbagh in Nagpur during a three-day Bharat Raksha Manch conclave from September 23-25. Among the many issues raised at the conclave was a call to form a Hindu army. The call was given by the BRM’s Kerala official, Purushottam Bharti. “They only understand the language of killing and should be finished off,” he said. “If they have AK-47s, the Hindu army can be armed with AK-56s. The army can be raised with the approval of the Prime Minister, Home Minister and Defense Minister.