India has been gripped over decades, by increasing anti-Muslim rhetoric, policies and violence.
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Within India the extremist Hindu Nationalist ideology; the “Hindutva” has risen rapidly within the last few decades, and in 2014 the far-right Hindutva party the BJP won an absolute majority within the Lok Sabha (Indian parliament). This fascist government has promoted hatred of religious minorities, particularly Islam, despite India having the third highest Muslim population of any country in the World. During this time, we have seen racist bills being passed, including the Citizens Amendment Act, which allows people from persecuted religious minorities to immigrate to India, as long as they are not Muslim. We have also seen an increase in Islamophobic mobs attacking, and in many cases killing Muslims. The police and other actors within the state legal system often make an effort to help these Hindutva mobs to either get away with, or get lighter sentences for these crimes. Article 18 of the United Declaration on Human Rights states:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”
Unfortunately, although India is a member of the United Nations, it refuses to respect this. The current government in India relies on Islamophobia in order to stay relevant, and often whenever there is an election the BJP help whip up a storm of Islamophobia in order to persuade people to vote for them. The fact that under this tactic they appear to be unbeatable in national elections means that it is almost impossible to expect this Islamophobia to disappear at any time in the near future without a serious long-term campaign to fight against it.
Key facts & figures
say it is very important to be Hindu to be truly Indian.
say they wouldn’t accept having a Muslim as a neighbour
were killed between 2015 & 2018 by Hindutva mobs for supposedly killing cows.
people voted for the Far-Right Islamophobic party BJP in 2019.
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