NEW DELHI: Hindutva leaders in India have called for the ethnic cleansing of Muslims — a strong 200-million population in the country — at a recent three-day “hate speech conclave”, Indian media reported.
Hindutva leader Yati Narsinghanand organised the conclave from 17 to 19 December in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar city, where several speeches were made to attack religious minorities and their worshiping spaces, The Quint reported.
“Economic boycott won’t work. Hindu groups need to update themselves. Swords look good on stage only. This battle will be won by those with better weapons,” the conclave’s organiser said.
“The only subject of this Dharam Sansad is that in 2029 the PM of India will be a Muslim. This is not a baseless thought… The way the Muslim population is increasing and our population decreasing, in seven-eight years, only Muslims will be seen on the roads,” Narsinghanand said, according to Indian Express.
Another Hindu leader, Annapurna Maa, suggested that killing Muslims was the only option, as he called for recruiting soldiers to achieve the task.
“If you want to finish them off, then kill them […] We need 100 soldiers who can kill 20 lakh of them to win this,” Maa said. For his part, Hindu Raksha Sena’s leader Prabodhanand Giri cited Myanmar and said that every Hindu in India should pick up weapons against the country’s minorities.
“Like Myanmar, our police, our politicians, our Army, and every Hindu must pick up weapons and conduct a Safayi Abhiyan (ethnic cleansing). There is no other option left,” he said, according to NDTV.
Responding to the development, Indian politician Saket Gokhale said he has filed a complaint with the SHO of Jawalapur police station against the religious congregation.
“Failing the registration of an FIR against the organisers and speakers in 24 hours, a complaint shall be made to the judicial magistrate,” Gokhale said.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMM) President Asaduddin Owaisi said a police complaint had been filed by his party’s Uttarakhand team.