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Ramnavmi, Hanuman jayanti frenzy, hatred, violence part of larger Hindutva plan: JJM

Counterview Desk 

The civil rights group, Jharkhand Janadhikar Mahasabha (JJM), even as condemning "rise in communal majoritarianism and atrocities on the Muslim community" in the wake of Ramnavami and Hanuman Jayanti at several places in India, has said these are not stray incidents, but "part of the larger game plan of RSS and other Hindutva outfits to transform secular character of our republic to a Hindu Rashtra."
Stating that this is being done by "launching various social-economic-religious-political onslaughts in a well organised fashion", in a media communique, JJM said, "Under this plan, poison of hate and violence against Muslim community is being spread by raking misinformation pertaining to food, attire, outlook, cow-protection, language etc."

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Violence against members of Muslim community was reported from a large number of places during Ramnavami and Hanuman Jayanti celebrations this year. High degree of communal frenzy, hatred and violence were noticed at Khargon, Madhya Pradesh, Janhagirpuri, Delhi, Muzaffarpur, Bihar, half a dozen towns in Karnataka and Lohardagga and Koderma in our own Jharkhand. Police and administration were mute bystanders in most of these places.
Mahasabha convened a meeting of its member organisations and other likeminded activists on April 19, 2022 in Ranchi when an unanimous resolution was taken to strongly condemn these aggressions by Hindutva communal forces with the backing of RSS and allied outfits.
In the name of celebrating Hindu festivals, crowds assembled in front of Masjids and played offensive songs and shouted objectionable slogans. These goons tried to put Bhagwa flags on Masjid domes in many places. Stone pelting in such unruly crowds led to large scale violence against Muslims. Houses and shops were burnt and vandalised on selective basis in select localities. The crowd mercilessly lynched Aman Ansari in Lohardagga.
In most of the places cases were registered against Muslims who were victims rather than booking the perpetrators of violence. In Koderma, hundreds of youth, bearing bhagwa flags. danced on provocative songs and shouted derogatory expletives against muslims in the center of town while the police personnel simply watched this unlawful activity.
Madhya Pradesh’s BJP govt demolished houses of poor Muslims in Khargaon without following any proper process of law. Administration of Delhi took their act of highhandedness to new high when they kept demolishing properties for hours even after stay order of the Supreme Court.
These sustained acts of violence are not stray and isolated, rather these are part of the larger game plan of RSS and other Hindutva outfits to transform secular character of our republic to a Hindu Rashtra by launching various social-economic-religious-political onslaughts in a well organised fashion.
Under this plan, poison of hate and violence against Muslim community is being spread by raking misinformation pertaining to food, attire, outlook, cow-protection, language etc. Calls are being circulated to boycott Muslim traders and criminalising namaz by Muslims in designated public places.
Administration and police force have not remained neutral and professional. They seem to be siding with majoritarian hooliganism
Under the call for the heinous concept of Hindu Rashtra, efforts are being made to denigrade minorities, adivasis and Dalits to second class citizenry. In the process regular attack is being made everyday by these right wing groups on the constitutional and federal values of our nation.
What is most shocking, is the fact that even non-NDA governments are not serious about reversing this Hindutva frenzy within their areas of influence. Most of the political parties are not opening their mouth against such outright criminal activities due to fear of losing Hindu votes. Administration and police force have also not remained neutral and professional. They seem to be siding with majoritarian hooliganism most of the time.
Jharkhand Janadhikar Mahasabha demands from the governments that culprits responsible for violence against minorities in recent past during religious processions should be dealt strictly as per provisions of law. The police officials who have deliberately allowed such lawlessness should also be booked.
Due compensations must be disbursed to the kins of the diseased and injured during these instances of violence. Long term and fool proof measures should be taken to prevent repetition of such spread of communal hatred and violence. At no cost should Jharkhand be allowed to become yet another lawless state like the ones ruled by BJP.
Mahasabha appeals to all likeminded secular organisations, political parties and citizens at large to unitedly fight against the growing communal hatred and violence and bust the undesirable agenda of Hindutva and Hindu Rashtra from spreading any further. There is urgent need to take up this fight together.

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