The World to Take Notice of the Racist and Communal Designs of RSS in India
Alas! There is no end to the persecution of Muslims after the suspension of Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which grants autonomy to Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state. The provision, written to help preserve the state’s religious and ethnic identity, largely prohibits members of India’s Hindu majority from settling there. Modi had flooded Kashmir with troops and detained hundreds of prominent Muslims—a move that strike a chord to Hitler’s actions against the religious minorities in Germany thus making the ruling BJP to qualify rather surpass the ranks of Nazi party in endorsement of racism. Prime Minister Narendra Modi presents himself as an ascetic economic visionary. He is also a hero of anti-Muslim bigots. Nevertheless, the question is whether he would be able to materialize his economic agenda by marginalizing a sizeable portion of the population? Muslims constitute about 15% population of India who are being targeted through unconstitutional and communal laws in contour of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), revoke of article 70 in Kashmir, launch of The National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam and the controversial decision of Babri Masjid by Indian judiciary all meant to arraign the Indian Muslims.
Also Read: Secularism to Radicalism- The Indian Odyssey
The world needs to know about the nefarious agenda of RSS for converting India into a Hindu state by either expelling or forced conversions of the Muslims who constitute a challenging minority to biased Hindus. The R.S.S.’s original base was higher-caste men, but, in order to grow, it had to widen its membership. Narendra Modi from Vadnagar, a town in the state of Gujarat belonged to the low-ranking Ghanchi caste, whose members traditionally sell vegetable oil; Modi’s father ran a small tea shop near the train station, where his young son helped. Modi soon left his family and dedicated himself to the R.S.S. where he started by cleaning the living quarters of senior members, but later he rose quickly. In 1987, he moved to the R.S.S.’s political wing, the Bharatiya Janata Party, or B.J.P. When Modi joined, the Party had only two seats in parliament. The BJP needed an issue to attract sympathizers, and it found one in Babri Masjid. Targeting Muslims through hatred, racism and communal violence are the hallmarks of the politics of BJP.
CAA and CAB have met sever criticism on the grounds that these bills are exclusionary and violate the secular principles enshrined in the Indian constitution. As a matter of fact, faith cannot be made a condition of citizenship. The bill provides citizenship to religious minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan which can disturb the regional peace, as the Indian incentive is discriminative and a charge sheet against these countries whereas whole the world is witnessing the Indian treatment of their minorities. The plight of Hindu refugees from neighboring countries is worst and they are concentrated into shabby camps with no basic necessities and they have been termed with nowhere people. India should remember that humanity and racism cannot walk side by side. The good aspect of all this racism-based budge is that the much treasured Indian democracy has well been exposed to the world.
Recently, more than 150 members of the European Union (EU) Parliament have drafted a resolution condemning the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), calling it ‘discriminatory’ and ‘dangerously divisive’, and calling on the Indian government to engage with the protesters and listen to their demands to withdraw the Act. The motion takes note of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) statement last month, which described the CAA as “fundamentally discriminatory in nature”, and also of other UN as well as the European Union (EU) guidelines on human rights as it calls on the Indian government to “repeal the discriminatory amendments”.
The five groupings comprise 559 members in the 751-member European Parliament. A separate grouping, which represents 66 Members of European Parliament (MEPs), has moved a sixth resolution that supports the Act but calls for an impartial probe into “excessive use of force by security forces” against anti-CAA protesters. The resolution, which is five-page long, has been drafted by 154 members of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) group in the EU Parliament. It was tabled on 22 January and was taken up for a debate on 29 January 2020. Although the European Parliament decided to defer the vote on the resolution against India’s controversial Citizenship Amendment Act till the second half of March yet it internationalized the issue mounting the pressure on India.
The resolutions that slam the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, with two of them stating that the CAA marks a “dangerous shift” in the way citizenship will be determined and will create the “largest statelessness crisis in the world”. Citing Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as well as the India-EU Strategic Joint Action Plan (JAP) in November 2005, the resolution also accused India of ‘violating’ India’s international obligations on citizenship.
Reacting to the resolutions, Indian government shamelessly said that the CAA matter was “entirely internal” to India. “We hope the sponsors and supporters of the draft will engage with us to get a full and accurate assessment of the facts before they proceed further.” It should be expected from this defensive approach that due to international pressure the Indian Government will no more be dealing the protestors of CAA high handedly as it did before. The resolutions, could impact the way EU member-nations engage with India, come less than two months before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend India-EU summit on 13 March 2020 in Brussels. It expresses concern about the wide range of negative consequences that it might have for India’s international image and internal stability. The demand for nullification of CAA from Indian public evident from wide range of protests by people representing all walks of life, response of US, EU and other important countries coupled with the high handed tactics of Indian LEAs to deal with protesters make an excellent case to expose the true face of Indian democratic and secular values.
Pakistan needs to commence a planned media campaign on domestic and international media forums to disseminate the salient points of resolutions and build a momentum before India-EU summit in Brussels as is being done by the Indian lobby during the course. The overseas Pakistanis and other pro human communities should be approached for demonstrations at the venue of summit. Our foreign office should work on war footing basis to launch a massive campaign as the Indians are already working hard to avoid this gruesome situation. This opportunity can help Pakistan to settle score with India on FATF as Indian hand is evident in fixing Pakistan through FATF. You are undoubtedly goof if you are magnanimously sparing a mean enemy. Moreover, a high level Pakistani delegation should be deputed to meet the EU groups to explain the state of Kashmir facing grave human rights violations by Indian forces. The groups may be persuaded to adopt separate resolutions with regards to Kashmir situation.
Muslim-Hindu harmony was central to the vision of Mohandas Gandhi, who laid the foundation for a secular state but members of the R.S.S. believed that many Muslims were descended from Hindus who had been converted by force, and so their faith was of questionable authenticity. (The same thinking applied to Christians, who make up about two per cent of India’s population. Taken together, the CAA, NRC and CAB have the potential of transforming India into a majoritarian polity with gradations of citizenship rights. The R.S.S.’s political branch, the Bharatiya Janata Party, or B.J.P. is now in power. Will the world take a serious notice of the racist and communal designs of RSS or wait for another human crisis at the threshold of South Asia after Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Myanmar?
About the Author: Mr. Masroor Ahmed is an International Relations’ Scholar and is currently working as Deputy Director in Prime Minister’s Office, Pakistan. His Area of specialization is Regional Conflicts and Security.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are authors own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of The Reader’s Review.