Incitement to Muslim genocide: AIMIM warns of statewide protest in Uttarakhand

Asaduddin Owaisi (File photo)

Bharatiya Janata Party governments at Union and State are complicit in the call for Muslim genocide by Hindutva leaders and Hindu monks in the latest event in Haridwar, alleged AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi.

“Most speakers at the event are repeat offenders and enjoy close relationships with powers that be,” said Owaisi.

Several Hindutva leaders and Hindu monks, who addressed a 3-day Hindu Parliament ‘Dharam Sansad’ in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar, called for “war against Muslims” and urged “Hindus to take up weapons” to ensure a Muslim “didn’t become the Prime Minister in 2029.”

Ex-Delhi BJP spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay was among those present at the meeting led by controversial Hindu religious leader Yati Narsinghanand.

“It’s a clear case of incitement to genocide,” Owaisi said.

Uttarakhand police said that they have not received any complaint with regard to the event. “As of now, the police haven’t received any complaint against the speeches made by participants in the event. However, the police would look into them and take action as per law,” Uttarakhand director general of police (DGP) Ashok Kumar said.

Owaisi said that he has instructed AIMIM Uttarakhand’s president, Dr. Nayyer Kazmi, to file a police complaint against Haridwar’s hate assembly.

“Our team has attempted to file it today but officers in Roorkee were unavailable due to other engagements. If strict action isn’t taken, then we’ll launch a state-wide agitation demanding the arrest and exemplary punishment,” warned Owaisi.

According to Owaisi, the calls for genocide and ethnic cleansing against Muslims are the culmination of 60 years of dehumanising speech by Sangh Parivar against Muslims and Christians.

He went on to say: “This is why there have been no arrests, no condemnation from government, and not even a whisper from moderate Hindus.”

“Incitement to genocide is a crime under Genocide Convention 1948. India is a party to the Convention but has failed to punish criminals. Is it time to join International Criminal Court so that crimes against humanity like genocide, ethnic cleansing, and their incitement don’t go unpunished?” Owaisi said in a tweet.

‘Can kill 20 lakh of them’: Call for Muslim genocide at Haridwar event attended by 50 Hindu monks

The Hindu Parliament was organized in remembrance of late Bharatiya Janata Party MP Baikunth Lal Sharma and ended by taking a resolution to establish Santan Vedic Nation or Hindu Rashtra. Around 150 people, including 50 mahamandleshwars, attended the event.

Mahamandaleshwar is a title used by some Hindu monks of the Dashanami order of renunciates founded by Shankaracharya. Literally, “Mahamandaleshwar” means “superior of great and/or numerous monasteries” or “superior of a religious district or province.”

Apart from Narsinganand, who is the Mahamandaleshwar of Juna Akhara, the Islamophobic event was attended by Mahamandleshwar Swami Probhonand Giri, Mahamandaleshwar Anntanand, Mahamandleshwar Annapurna Bharti, Mahamandleshwar Swami Santoshnand, Mahamandaleshwar Maan Madhur, Mahamandaleshwar Loke Shanand Giri, Shri Mahant Lokesh Das, Sadhvi Prachi, Mahant Rameshranand and others.

The video clips of some of the speakers in which they can be seen making hate speeches, calling for genocide, the assassination of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have surfaced on the internet.

Annapurna Bharti, who is the secretary of Hindu Mahasabha and a Mahamandaleshwar of the Niranjani Akhara was talking in the event about killing 20 lakh Muslims following the footsteps of Nathuram Godse.

“Nothing is possible without weapons. If you want to eliminate their population then kill them. Be ready to kill and be ready to go to jail. Even if 100 of us are ready to kill 20 lakhs of them (Muslims), then we will be victorious, and go to jail… Like [Nathuram] Godse, I am ready to be maligned, but I will pick up arms to defend my Hindutva from every demon who is a threat to my religion,” she said.

This is not the first time when Bharti made such speeches. She has made headlines many times for such statements and activities. She was even arrested in April last year when she made provocative speeches against Tablighi Jamaat.

Another Hindutva leader from Patna, Dharamdas Maharaj in his speech talked about assassinating former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over his statement related to minorities’ rights over the country’s resources.

Calling India “Islamic Bharat,” Dharamdas Maharaj went on to say: “When I had read the statement made by our PM in the parliament saying Islamic believers have first rights on the national resources, I had thought that wish I would be parliamentarian and would have a revolver in my hand, I would shoot all six bullets in the chest of Manmohan Singh as Godse had done.”

Anand Swaroop Maharaj was speaking of waging war if the government didn’t accept the proposals passed by this Dharam Sansad.

Swaroop Maharaj demanded that Christmas and Eid should not be celebrated in Haridwar. “Every year, Christmas is celebrated in the city. I said that Christmas won’t be celebrated, Eid would not be celebrated. Those hotels, who would celebrate Eid and Christmas, should protect their glasses,” he said.

Narsinganad exhorted Hindus to take up arms to protect Hindu Dharma.

“Without taking up arms, there is no nation which has survived and can survive. They have an economy of 40 crore…. Economic power was transferred to them. There was talk of economic boycott earlier. There is still talk of economic boycott. When would you update yourself? Forget about swords. Swords are only played on stages. The one who win the war have sharper weapons than that of enemy…weapons can only save you,” said Narsinganand raising the slogan “Shashtra Mev Jayte (weapon is the victory) along with the crowd.   

Swami Prabodhanand, president of the Hindu Raksha Sena, a Hindutva organization based out of Uttarakhand, urged the crowd to get ready to be killed and kill others.

“We have to make preparations. And I’ll tell you what those preparations are. I will make myself clear, this is the solution, and if you follow this solution, then the path is made for you… in Myanmar, Hindus were being chased away. The politicians, government, and police were just standing and watching. They started by killing them by cutting their necks, and not only this, but they began to cut them in the streets and eat them. The people-watching thought we are going to die, we are not going to live,” he said.