Indian Supreme Court investigates Hindu religious leaders over ‘genocide’ against Muslim claims | World news

India’s Supreme Court will investigate alleged provocative statements by Hindu religious leaders in December 2021.

In a closed-door meeting in Haridwar, saffron-clad religious leaders called on Hindus to arm themselves for “a genocide” against Muslims, according to a police lawsuit.

The Supreme Court has sent a message to the Uttarakhand government to explain why the accused of inciting genocide had not been arrested.

Footage of Hindu leaders calling for genocide has been shared on Indian news channels and social media
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Footage of Hindu leaders calling for genocide has been shared on Indian news channels and social media

The girl in attack on minorities

The court will begin its investigation next week.

Police in Uttarakhand have said they are questioning suspects but no one has been arrested so far.

Video clips from the meeting had been widely circulated on social media and news channels.

Former military chiefs, civil society leaders and activists including tennis legend Martina Navratilova have criticized the event.

The state of Uttarakhand is ruled by the Hindu right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

There has been an increase in attacks on Muslims and other minorities since the BJP under Prime Minister Narendra Modi won the 2014 election and then a landslide re-election in 2019.

Many feel that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been silent about the rise in attacks on Muslims
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Many feel that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been silent about the rise in attacks on Muslims

Christmas celebration interrupted

The attacks on minorities and the absence of immediate and harsh punishment have encouraged Hindu extremists, many of whom see it as tacit support from the administration and government.

Municipal speeches and actions are tearing the country apart, and many feel that the Prime Minister’s silence has been deafening.

In Gurugram, a satellite town adjacent to the national capital, right-wing Hindus repeatedly stopped Muslims from praying in public spaces.

On several occasions, Muslims faced threats and big slogans while praying.

ML Khattar, chief minister of Haryana, which is controlled by the BJP, announced that Muslims should not pray Friday prayers in open spaces.

The statement is seen as support for the right wing, which has encouraged them across the state.

Last month, police arrested a Hindu religious leader for allegedly making a derogatory speech against India’s independence leader, Mohandas Gandhi, and praising his assassin.

In December, several Christmas celebrations in more than half a dozen states across the country were disrupted by Hindu right-wing activists.

Indian Muslims pray Friday prayer on open ground after local media reported that several places of worship were closed by the Gurugram district administration following demands by right-wing Hindu groups to ban prayers in open spaces in Gurugram, India, December 24, 2021. REUTERS / Anushree Fadnavis
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Indian Muslims pray Friday prayer in open ground after local media reported that several places of worship were closed in Gurugram

Accusations of inciting hatred of society

In Ambala, a statue of Christ was torn down and the Holy Redeemer Church was vandalized.

In the northern city of Agra, famous for the Taj Mahal, the image of Santa Claus was burned on Christmas Eve.

Activists claimed that Santa Claus was part of a Christian missionary strategy to convert people.

Several missionary schools have been attacked in Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka – states both ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Five states are up for election in the next few months, and municipal polarization will see an increase, especially in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Opposition parties have accused Uttar Pradesh’s prime minister, Yogi Adityanath, a Hindu monk, of inciting municipal hatred.

Yogi Adityanath, left, met with Narendra Modi, right, last November
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Yogi Adityanath, left, met with Narendra Modi, right, last November

‘Defective democracy’

In a conclave broadcast by the national television station, Yogi Adityanath said: “It will be 80% against 20% in the UP polls and the BJP will retain power.”

The opposition accused the prime minister of suggesting Muslims, who make up 20% of the state’s population, and of dog whistle policy.

According to the Economic Intelligence Unit Democracy Index, India dropped from 27th place in 2014 to 53rd place in 2020 as a result of “democratic decline”.

It has classified India as a “defective democracy”.

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