Shahid Farooq Abbasi
FORESEEING the future of Muslims in India, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah once said, “Those Muslims who have left behind in India would spend the rest of their life proving loyalty to India.
” Recent incidents are the true depiction of what the Quaid feared decades ago as Muslims are repeatedly asked by RSS devotees to prove their nationalism by bowing down to Hindu supremacy.
This rapid transition of India into a total hegemony under the dogma of RSS ideology has now started haunting the country’s Muslim minority as well as the international community and the liberal voices within India.
Recently, a famous Indian author Arundhati Roy has totally exposed the so-called Indian egalitarianism, the disintegration and growing intolerance in Indian society, and the hypocrisy of those institutions that are meant to be custodians of justice and democratic norms.
In an interview with Aljazeera, she blatantly said, “the practice of bulldozing Muslim homes and businesses for purely punitive reasons is proof that India is transitioning pretty brazenly into a criminal Hindu fascist enterprise”.
She also added, “in the past, Muslims have been punished with pogroms, lynchings, targeted murders, custodial killings, fake police encounters and imprisonment under false pretexts.
Bulldozing their homes and businesses is only a new and highly effective weapon”. She expressed these concerns in the wake of an ongoing bulldozing crackdown on houses of dissident Muslims in BJP strongholds like Uttar Pradesh under the cover of an anti-encroachment drivewithout any prior notices.
The worst part is that, the Chief Ministers of states where the bulldozing campaigns are undergoing proudly tried to take the credit for demolishing Muslim properties in their electoral campaigns.
It seems like the entire administration is helpless in front of political pressure exerted by the BJP Ministers, and not a single department is courageous enough to resist the unlawful instructions.
From police to Municipal Corporation, all are trying to take a lead in making their political and ideological masters pleased.
The judiciary, which is supposed to uphold the constitutional and the humanitarian customs in a democratic republic has also become a tranquil spectator and a political tool to suppress the already marginalized Muslim minority in India.
The anti-Muslim propaganda executed by India’s far-right leaders has also been supported by the country’s Islamophobic media as well.
Under these circumstances, the survival of Muslims in today’s India has become an eroteme where any sort of legitimized resistance against the atrocities of Hindutva ideologists is considered a heinous crime, where the horror is prevailing and the hopes are fading away and a humanitarian catastrophe is imminent.
But the human rights champions are maintaining a peculiar silence and continuously neglecting the India’s atrocious conduct against the Muslim minority that is being victimized by the partisans of a rogue Hindu extremist group that wants to turn India into a total Hindu Rashtra.
—The writer is a freelance journalist and security analyst.
(Courtesy Pakistan Observer)