Congress calls on Indian diaspora in Australia to oppose plan for ‘genocide against Muslims’
The three-day convention, named Dharma Sansad, sparked outrage in India as recordings of right-wing Hindu figures pushing for the ethnic cleansing of India’s 220 million Muslims went viral on social media
The Indian National Congress has called on the Indian community in Australia and around the world to reject the despicable move, following widespread criticism of Hindu right-wing activists’ calls for genocide against Muslims.
After footage of right-wing Hindu figures advocating for the ethnic cleansing of India’s 220 million Muslims went viral on social media, the three-day conference, dubbed Dharma Sansad, generated anger in India.
INC spokesperson Shama Mohamed spoke to SBS in Australia
“The Indian community all over the world should put pressure on the current dispensation and Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) to work in a certain way to get back our pluralistic society and stop judging people based on their religion, caste, and creed,” Shama Mohamed, a spokesperson for the Indian National Congress, told the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) in Australia.
According to the report, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has historically promoted Hindu nationalist objectives and has ruled the country since 2014.
Mohamed’s remarks come only days after Yati Narsinghanand, a Hindu right-wing activist, declared at a religious gathering that swords are insufficient in the “war against Muslims” and that better weapons are required to succeed.
Tensions between Hindus, who account for more than 80% of India’s 1.3 billion people, and Muslims, who make up roughly 14% of the population, have existed for generations.
Three-day conclave at Haridwar defined as horrific
The three-day conclave took place at Haridwar, a historic city and important pilgrimage site in Uttarakhand, the country’s northernmost state. Mohamed was reported in the report as adding, “I was horrified.”
She further added, “We’ve seen this Muslim-bashing hostility since 2014, but it’s usually on the fringe. Now, here was a conference where religious leaders openly called for the annihilation of Muslims and targeted previous INC leader and Prime Minister Manhoham Singh, saying he, too, should be murdered.”
The Congress spokeswoman noted that it was really concerning because it came from a conclave where Hindu religious priests were present.
The gathering, which was attended by numerous Hindu right-wing individuals, including members of the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and journalists, has prompted the authorities to initiate an investigation.