Call of ‘Muslim Genocide’ by far-right groups leaders with ties to BJP government

News Desk: Leaders of several far-right groups with ties to the ruling Narendra Modi’s government have called for ethnic cleansing of minorities in India, especially the country’s 200 million Muslims, in a three-day summit, sparking widespread outrage and calls for action against them.

The three-day hate speech conclave was held by the controversial Hindutva figure Yati Narsinghanand from December 17 to 19 in northern India’s Haridwar city where multiple speakers made calls to kill minorities and attack their religious spaces.

“Economic boycott won’t work. Hindu groups need to update themselves. Swords look good on stage only. This battle against Muslims will be won by those with better weapons” Narsinghanand, an engineer turned firebrand leader, told the gathering as the crowd cheered.

Another speaker Sadhvi Annapurna, general secretary of the Hindu Mahasabha, called for the mass murder of Muslims.

“Nothing is possible without weapons. If you want to eliminate their population then kill them. Be ready to kill and be ready to go to jail. Even if 100 of us are ready to kill 20 lakhs of them [Muslims’, then we will be victorious, and go to jail,” Annapurna said.

The summit witnessed an “extraordinary quantity of hate speech, mobilisations to violence and anti-Muslim sentiment”.

BJP politicians Ashwini Upadhyay and Udita Tyagi also participated that “gave the event a level of political encouragement from the ruling party”.

Speakers cited 2017 mass atrocities against Rohingya Muslims and their exodus from Myanmar as an example and called for a similar policy to enable Muslims’ ethnic cleansing in India.

“Like in Myanmar, the police here, the politicians here, the army and every Hindu must pick up weapons and we will have to conduct this cleanliness drive. There is no solution apart from this” said Swami Prabodhanand Giri, head of the Hindu Raksha Sena, a far-right group based in northern Uttarakhand state.

“If I was present in the parliament when PM Manmohan Singh said that minorities have first right over national resources, I would’ve followed Nathuram Godse, I’d have shot him six times in the chest with a revolver” said another speaker Dharamdas Maharaj.

Godse assassinated Mahatma Gandhi on January 30, 1948, and is hailed by Hindutva groups in India. Maharaj’s remarks were made in reference to Singh’s 2006 Parliament speech in which the then prime minister said Indian minorities must have the first claim on resources of the country.

A portion of the summit was live-streamed on social media, sparking anger with users using the hashtag #HaridwarGenocidalMeet and #HaridwarHateAssembly to call out the far-right groups.