BJP mirrors a fanatical sectarian mentality

By Staff Reporter
Saturday – March 10, 2018
ISLAMABAD: “The bharatiya janata party (BJP) for 2019 elections is using “anti-Muslim rhetoric” and violence, lavishly bashed in the past Pakistan and Babri mosque issue to polarise and gain Hindu sympathies, several of its members are already issuing threats to Muslims to convert or be prepared to face consequences,” British Kashmiri journalist Murtaza Shibli said on Friday, in the federal capital.

According to an official statement, Shibli started off with the current situation in India, went through the history briefly and talked about the possibilities of what could happen in 2019 when elections are due in the whole of India - the BJP has given enough indications that it wants to win elections; it has been forcefully converting Muslims into Hinduism, under the ghar wapsi (back to home) banner in its attempts to turn India into a Hindu rashtra or a Hindu nation.

He talked about the committee formed by the Narendra Modi government, which functions under the culture ministry, whose aim is to help shape the mentality of the nation and show that “India is for and of the Hindus alone” by “rewriting history” altogether.

Shibli talked the audience through how the concept of Hindutva was popularised and highlighted how the rashtriya swayamsevak sangh (RSS) has consolidated its hold on the younger Indian generation mind-set through schools and hence managed to cultivate deep-seated hatred.

He went on to say that in recent years the BJP has been increasing the use of muscle using tools such as violence and threats. Its agenda also includes an escalation of war with Pakistan or instigating a small war with Pakistan - a version of which is currently being played out along the line of control (LoC) “in order to illicit a much ‘bigger’ reaction”.

“This will jointly benefit India and the United States (US) and simultaneously, disadvantage both China and Pakistan and damage the China-Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC) project,” he said and added that the US will find its biggest partners in the region in India and Iran, and will be able to control the warm waters, as well as all the oil and trade routes running through the warm waters of the Indian ocean.

Shibli was addressing a public talk on “rising extremism in India” organised by the institute of strategic studies Islamabad (ISSI) in collaboration with the Islamabad council of world affairs (ICWA).