India is currently home to the second largest Muslim population in the world (194.8 million), and by 2060 it will have the largest Muslim population (over 333 million). according to to the Pew Research Center). Although Muslims now make up nearly 15% of India's population, we are witnessing the meteoric rise of right-wing Hindutva nationalism under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who wants to quash Muslim identity in the land of Mahatma Gandhi.
More than a decade before he became prime minister, Modi's political legacy was forever damaged during the anti-Muslim pogroms in the western state of Gujarat, where he served as prime minister. According to reportsMore than 2,000 Muslims were murdered during carefully planned attacks of unprecedented ferocity, all during Modi's guard.
Some of Modi's closest political aides were found guilty when in 2002 they participated in the anti-Muslim mass murders that "raped a large number of (Muslim) girls; Men were cut into pieces and burned alive with kerosene. Pregnant women had slashed their uterus and smashed the fetuses before their eyes. " according to the legendary historian William Dalrymple (who once referred to Modi as "Vladimir Putin of India") during an interview with Christiane Amanpour of CNN).
In a rare public comment Regarding the anti-Muslim ethnic cleansing, Modi summed up his regret in a bizarre way for what he would feel when a "puppy gets run over by a car." A Report from Human Rights Watch in 2002 noted that "the attacks on Muslims in Gujarat were actively supported by government officials (such as Modi) and the police during his term as Prime Minister".
Modi is a lifelong member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a paramilitary Hindu nationalist group, "inspired by the fascist movements of Europe, whose founders believed that National Socialist Germany" manifested racial pride at the highest level "by purifying the Jews. after winning the award The Indian writer Pankaj Mishra. In the past Modi raved about the second highest leader of RSS (M.S. Golwalkar), who once lovingly referred to the modesPujiniya Shri Guruji"(Guru worthy of worship).
Golwalkar once expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler's Final Solution in Golwalkar's 1939 book, We or our nation are defined: "To uphold the purity of the race and its culture, Germany shocked the world by purging the land of Semitic races – the Jews. Here shows Rassenstolz at the highest level. Germany has also shown how close to impossible it is to bring races and cultures with differences that reach to the root into one whole, a good lesson for us in Hindusthan, from which we can learn and benefit. "
Although Muslims are the largest religious minority in India, they are also among the economically most deprived groups in the country. Muslims are more likely to live in villages without schools or medical facilities and are less likely to be eligible for bank loans because of their Islamic beliefs. ONE New York Times piece once found The Islamophobia in Indian mainstream society is "so widespread that many are hardly outraged when they talk about the withdrawn housing offers, rejected applications and denied loans that are part of life in the country".
"Relations between communities are not normal," said Rajiv Shah, former Political Editor of the Times of India in Gujarat. once told Los Angeles Times, "There is no interaction between Hindus and Muslims except at very high incomes."
In two of his most recent political moves, Modi continues his anti-Islamic principles. In August 2019, he unilaterally changed the status of Indian-occupied Kashmir (which is predominantly Muslim) when he revoked Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution. According to the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in one August 2019 New York Times Op-edThis move was illegal under the Indian Constitution and the UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir.
In the East Indian state of Assam, the government of Modi has launched the largest anti-Islamic disenfranchisement process by stripping as many as possible 4 million predominantly Muslim residents of their Indian citizenship. According to The telegraph newspaperThese residents of Assam, most of whom are originally Bangladeshi Muslims, were unilaterally considered "stateless" by Modi. According to Reason Foundation senior analyst Shikha Dalmia, on whom the right-wing mode government works Adoption of federal laws This would automatically give citizenship to all Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Zoroastrian immigrants from the surrounding countries – all but the Muslims.
Although India is the largest democracy in the world and will host more than 300 million Muslims by 2060, the right-wing Hindu government of Modi is doing everything in its eerie political power to ensure that all Muslims in India feel like strangers in their lives own home country feel.
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