Hate speech in India, calls on former defense chiefs to take action

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India’s five former defense chiefs have written to the country’s president and prime minister expressing concern over calls for genocide against Muslims from the Hindu religion parliament. They said it was in the country’s interest to take immediate action at the highest level. Otherwise, the security of the country will be severely disrupted. External enemies will be encouraged.

The former defense chiefs include four former naval chiefs Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas, Admiral Vishnu Bhagat, Admiral Arun Prakash, Admiral RK Dhawan and former chief of the Air Force Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi. They sent copies of the letter to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Speaker of both Houses of Parliament, the Minister of Home Affairs, the Minister of Defense, the current Chief of the three forces, the National Security Adviser and the leaders of all parliamentary parties.

Hindu Dharma Sangsads are being organized in different parts of the country for some time now. Such religious parliaments in Delhi, Haridwar and Raipur in Chhattisgarh have called for the direct extermination of Muslims. Nathuram Godse, the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, has been praised. The need to build India as a Hindu state has been emphasized. For that, the army and the armed police force have been asked to be active. Muslims have been asked to kill in defense of Hinduism. He has been called to join the genocide. Disturbed by this, the former five defense chiefs along with hundreds of fighters, bureaucrats, journalists and people from different walks of life have appealed to President Ramnath Kobind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take active action.

They say the country is already going through a crisis. Border situation is not good except for internal problems. In this situation, the call for Muslim genocide in the name of protection of Hindutva will not only shake the country from within, but will also encourage external enemies. It is a matter of concern for the unity and sovereignty of the country. They said that besides Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and Dalits were also targeted.

Dissatisfaction has arisen across the country over the religious parliaments of Delhi, Haridwar and Raipur. Various opposition political parties have criticized. A few days ago, six lawyers of the Supreme Court petitioned the Chief Justice of the country to take action against it on their own initiative. The country’s chief justice NV Raman, however, has not yet issued any order. Despite all the protests, the government and the ruling BJP have not yet issued a statement. Police in the BJP-ruled state have also not arrested anyone for giving “hate speech”. The only exception is Congress-ruled Chhattisgarh.

At the behest of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, the state police arrested a man from Madhya Pradesh who had given a hate speech in support of Gandhiji’s assassin in Raipur’s Dharma Sangsad. The five former defense chiefs therefore wrote in a letter to the president and prime minister urging them to be proactive, saying that whoever called for genocide, the government and the judiciary should take immediate action against them. Such a situation cannot be allowed to continue. Referring to the turbulent border situation, they wrote that the enemies would be encouraged if the internal peace of the country was disturbed and the forces clashed.

Opponents allege that the government is encouraging such “hate speech” in the interest of elections. The ruling BJP is keen to create religious polarization ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. For that, more such religious parliaments are being organized.

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