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Hindutva Fanatic Yogi Adityanath Appointed Chief Minister Of India’s Most Populous State

Yogi Adityanath, a fanatical Hindtuva priest (wants India to be a “Hindu Rashtra,” or Hindu state) from the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, which has a population equivalent to Brazil, was appointed by Narendra Modi’s BJP to be the state’s Chief Minister. Uttar Pradesh is roughly 80% Hindu and 20% Muslim.

Speaking about Muslims he displayed such Yogi wisdom as:

“If the other side does not stay in peace, we will teach them how to stay in peace…in the language that they understand.” (Hindustan Times, 2014)

“In places where there are 10 to 20% minorities, stray communal incidents take place. Where there are 20 to 35% of them, serious communal riots take place and where they are more than 35%, there is no place for non-Muslims,” he had said. (Aap Ki Adalat, 2014)

“If they kill one Hindu, then we will kill 100 Muslims.” (Azamgarh speech, 2007)

“If they convert 1 Hindu girl, we will convert 100 Muslim girls.” (Azamgarh speech, 2007)

One wonders: will the Yogi try and make good on his call to followers to “rape dead Muslim women,” and place “idols in every mosque?” Adityanath, has been implicated in several cases for rioting and murder:

In year 1999; legal case against him was registered under section 147 (punishment for riot), 148 (rioting with deadly weapon), 295 (insult to a community’s worship site), 297 (encroachment on cemeteries) , 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on the basis of religion, caste, birthplace, residence, language etc.), 307 (attempt to murder) and 506 (punishment for criminal threat) were registered in the Maharajganj district.

Case of murder: It also the matter of Maharajganj, where the case was registered under section 302 (death penalty). Apart from this, a case was lodged against him under 307 (attempt to murder) 504 (intentional insult with intent to disrupt peace) and 427 (damaging the currency note of fifty rupees).

Some of the other policies that Adityanath promotes consist of the forced conversion of Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, which he describes as a “homecoming” but that most people understand to be crimes against humanity.

A fact finding report of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) on Kushinagar found dozens of cases of rapes and forced kidnappings of young Muslim girls for religious conversion.

The report by AIMMM came on the heels of an event in Agra in which 50 poor Muslim families were forcibly converted to Hinduism. The families were lured by Hindutva activists under the pretense they would be attending a Hindu religious ceremony where food would be given and ration cards handed out to them.

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  • We don’t have an official position, as far as I know.

    I’m for one state with equal rights for all, and would characterize this site as anti-Zionist.

  • Sicarii Sicae

    Saffron Zionism? Do you or your organization have a position on Israel?

  • Well, your far right parallel isn’t far off. Who should we generalize about in that scenario? White people? No, we can’t generalize about ANY group because (1) it robs people of their individual agency (2) if we do, have no moral ground to ask people not to generalize Muslims. I have no problem strongly criticizing “white supremacists” Nazis.

    I have no problem criticizing Hindutva–if that’s the label of Hindu extremists–but not all Hindus. I have no problem criticizing Zionists, whether Jewish or not, but not all Jews. . When has anyone here gone soft on Zionists and their saffron counterparts? Oh, and by the way, I know tons of people from Pakistan and India, as well as Palestine. Why do you think I’m familiar with Urdu??? I don’t have to known someone in a place to care about it. I don’t know anyone in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but I’ve written articles decrying the sectarian violence there.

    What should I have said that I didn’t say on this thread?

    Collective blame and punishment isn’t even consistent with Islam, which teaches that no one is responsible for anyone else’s sins. That idea that I would argue has spared Muslims the eternal blame game that has caused some others to persecute people for centuries! No, we’re not going to go that route.

    When your cause is just, your fight should be too.

    We only care about the “well-educated” and “well-to-do”? What gives you that impression? Do you think that describes the people in the squalid refugee camps in Gaza??? No one who’s at all familiar with my comments would ever dare to suggest I’ve neglected them! And no one with a passing familiarity with Gaza is going to suggest that open air prison is “well-to-do.”

    If you think Muslims in India and Kashmir are under-represented here, you could have just said so. For that matter you or someone else could submit some guest posts on those topics you mentioned. We are just handful of people, working for free in our free time as volunteers. We don’t have our own version of David Horowitz to give us six figure salaries and lavish resources. What do you expect?

    For whatever has happened to you or people you know at the hands of extremists, I’m sorry. If you have felt we’re insensitive to your plight, or of of the plight of Muslims in Kashmir and India, then I’m sorry for that too. Truly. There’s a lot of Muslim suffering to go around these days, worldwide. We do the best we can.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    I’m sure you would do just fine. It’s so hard to get to all the nuances in a short comment.

  • Khizer

    Thanks for explaining it better than I ever could.

  • Khizer

    I think it’s a great approach.

    The near blog-length comments allow for more detail and information to be put in. Unfortunately there are a lot of people who don’t have the patience to read long comments, but i say, they don’t matter, I don’t believe in spoon feeding.

  • mindy1

    If it weren’t for people like that, I never would have thought that Hindu fanatics exist. They are usually so peaceful.. 🙁

  • You’re right when you say I don’t understand. I was just talking with some friends about this yesterday. Countries I visit are never like I thought they would be. It’s just not the same from the outside looking in.

  • Sarfaraz A.

    ‘rejecting generalisations across the board…’

    That’s exactly why these Hindus have become stronger in India.. You wouldn’t understand because you are not neighbor of Hindu India or citizen of India.

  • Okay, I hear you. I don’t mean there is no one else like him. What I mean is that I don’t want to indict all Hindus or Indians based on my experience with this one guy. As I said, I’ve since realized there’s a bigger problem.

    Even so, I’m cautious with my words. Because I can easily draw a parallel when it comes to Muslims, another population I don’t want mistaken for the extremist elements among them. I wasn’t trying to dismiss your experience or what’s actually going on, but rather to be fair in rejecting generalizations across the board.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Very true, the narrative of Hindu persecution in Pakistan (real and exaggerated) is a push factor among Hindutva activists to have a Hindu Rashtra that follows Hindu law and subordinates minorities.

    However, this perspective does not jibe with the Nehruvian ethos of India’s founders who believed in a secular state and attitude to religion:
    India for example, to be excessively simplistic, tries to keep religions equally close to the state as opposed to equally distant.

  • Sarfaraz A.

    He’s just one person, and it’s best to ignore him. I still think that’s
    true–no one should just all of India or Hindus by the behavior of this
    one guy

    You are naive my friend! He is not one person; there are millions of Hindu extremist followers of Hindu radical groups called RSS (based on the fascist ideology of Nazi – it is a militant-wing of current-ruling BJP – one of its members include the current Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi – its follower Nathuram Godse had assassinated the Mahatma Gandhi, accusing him of being too lenient towards Muslim), VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad), Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal (youth wing of VHP), ABVP (student Hindu organisation of RSS).

    We have been neighbors to India for decades and our ancestors had lived with these Hindus for centuries. So please do not hurt our feelings by saying ‘he’s just one person’. Go to the social networks like Twitter and see how many thousands and thousands of active Indian Hindu nationalist followers of RSS and ABVP are spewing venom against Islam, Muslims and Pakistan.

  • I associate saffron with Buddhism. I didn’t know it has some other affiliation.

  • Very complex. When you have a rather simplistic narrative to work with (I’m not an expert on this region obviously), it seems odd to divide along Hindu/Muslim lines…but not really. To leave Kashmir unresolved, and then have this odd balance. I think whether one agrees with the basic concept of partition or not, aspects of it were handled poorly and people coping with that legacy.

    If Pakistan is an “Islamic Republic,” then right or wrong, I can see why Hindu nationalists might volley with replacing secular India with some sort of “Hindu state.” But if that’s brought about be extremely hateful Hindutva nationalists, then it’s terrifying. I wonder how prevalent they really are? I hope India eventually filters them out–and I do think that’s a real possibility, given what some other people from the region have told me.

  • Sarfaraz A.

    Saffron is the color of their Hindutva.

  • Okay. So this is a current that has risen, and that’s why it’s not consistent with most of what I’ve heard about India. That makes sense.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    There is a great tradition of convivencia, syncretism and unity among the various religions and groups within India. The problem really is the Hindutva phenomenon, deeply ahistorical, anachronistic, violent and anti-Muslim/Christian. This ideology with its various strains has only relatively recently, past two decades been electorally viable after decades of Congress failure and corruption.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    There are several good books on the subject of partition. The basic logic was that majority Muslim states would go to newly created Pakistan and majority Hindu states to India. This was complicated by the actions of some princely states. Take Kashmir for example, the majority Muslim population was ruled by a Hindu raj who on the eve of partition declared that the state would join India, whereas the Sultan of Hyderabad, majority Hindu state opted for Pakistan. The difference is that India was better situated to challenge Kashmir’s unification with Pakistan since it was a border state, whereas Hyderabad lies at the heart of central India and it would have been quite difficult for Pakistan to incorporate the state into its new nation. The two parties agreed to a plebiscite after the 47′-48′ war however it was never implemented; most Kashmiris want to join Pakistan and have independence from India, hence India has no reason to hold the vote.

    As for why there remain many Muslims in India, one reason is the nigh impossibility and also lack of desire among many Muslims to join the new state. Most Muslims scholars and leaders also did not agree with the vision of the original, predominantly secular Muslim elites of the Muslim League who wanted an independent Pakistan.

  • Why are there still so many Muslims in India? It seems like the cultural centers that had a lot of Muslims and a lot of Muslim influence were given to India (like Delhi) along with big Muslim populations. If the idea was to separate, how did that happen?

    I’m confused about Kashmir too. Why can’t there be a vote to let them decide their fate? Part of India, part of Pakistan, independent? Shouldn’t it be there choice, instead of India and Pakistan engaging in a tug of war?

    This festering hatred between India and Pakistan–to whatever extent it really exists–seems like a serious problem that needs to be resolved. I was sitting with people from Pakistan and India yesterday, and of course there’s no conflict. They’re great friends, and can find a lot of common ground culturally (though they were all Muslims so religious different isn’t in the mix). Why can’t this be the same where they are neighbors?

    I ask sincerely as I really can’t grasp this region–Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. That landscape just seems so complicated.

    PS: I’m procrastinating today…so plenty of time for comments and no time for what I ought to be doing. This is when you see my longest posts. 🙂

  • I think India is hard to understand, looking in from the outside.

    Most of the Indians I’ve met–whatever their religious affiliation–have been very tolerant of others. At the same time, the most Muslim/Islam/Arab hating person I’ve ever met in my life was also a Hindu Indian immigrant. A co-worker whose generalized hatred exceeded any I’ve seen anyone direct at any group, short of physical attacks. Oddly he confirmed he had never suffered personally at the hands of Muslims, nor had any of his friends and family. His diatribes could be triggered by inadvertently exposing him to Arabic writing! That actually happened one day, which is how I got a taste of his venom. He was also a staunch Zionist who introduced me to the term “Saffron Zionism” and told me India had “always been friends” with Israel, though I have always focused on how India has supported Palestine. So again, confusion.

    Yet he was such a spectacle to me precisely because his attitude was so unusual. So inconsistent with my experience with people from India. I just figured every nation or group has its haters. He’s just one person, and it’s best to ignore him. I still think that’s true–no one should just all of India or Hindus by the behavior of this one guy. Obviously.

    But when I see things like this, I realize this strand does exist, and might be more pervasive than I ever would have imagined. It feels like hate and aggressive tribalism are popping up all over the world, gaining in some cases shocking levels of public support. Sad and confusing.

  • Sorry to but in with an off-subject tangent, but what do you think of that completely different approach? My blog-length comment, I mean.

    I’m tired of the same old style of debate. I wanted to try something new, though it takes a lot of effort. Thoughts?

    It’s not that hard to go back to an endless shouting match, though there isn’t a lot of evidence it actually works. 🙂

  • Khizer

    Oh, alright.

    I am Pakistani, we have a lot of problems to deal with, economic, political and societal, but we should be grateful that we aren’t still part of India. Recent events have further proven that.

  • CowabungaCreeper

    He said on his website that he wasn’t and didn’t think of himself as a scholar but a student of Islam. And yeah, considering modern day India is the world’s largest literal shithole, I think Pakistanis, even with all their domestic issues, should be grateful they aren’t part of India now, even if it’s just for that.

  • Khizer

    Never cared much for Zakir Naik, man is a preacher, not a scholar. But I would REALLY like to know what he thinks of ‘great’ India now?

  • cmyfe .

    Myth of secular India busted.

    Why did the Muslims of sub-continent ask for a separate country?

    Maybe because they thought otherwise someone accused of raping the dead bodies of their women might become their chief minister and someone accused of managing their slaughter could become their prime minister democratically?

    Dr. Zakir Naik once said creation of Pakistan was bad idea for Muslims. I wonder what are his views now especially after being banned and looted by his government?

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