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Muslim family told to move to Pakistan by Hindutva extremists

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A Muslim family in a village in Haryana was recently threatened to leave their home and shift to Pakistan. The family from Joshi Jat village in Sonipat has also approached police in this regard, and one person has been arrested in connection with the case. This latest incident highlights a trend of targeting Muslim households in order to make them migrate from Hindu areas.

According to a member of the family, Suresh Alvi, said that his family has been resident of that village for the past 300 years. He said that they are the only Muslim family in the village while the rest hail from the Jat community. Alvi also pointed out that his ancestors were even made sarpanch (head) of the village in the past.

Most Hindutva extremists spread Islamophobia by linking the Muslim minority of India with India’s archenemy Pakistan. This helps them to polarize society and convert animosity into votes and popular support.

Alvi accused a villager, Jaiveer, of misguiding people in the name of religion through instant messaging application WhatsApp. He said that the police had been informed about the same. Some of the villagers are backing the family, saying they are being threatened without any reason.

According to police, there is peace in the village and one person, Jaiveer, was playing mischief using WhatsApp. They said that the accused was produced before the court following which he was sent to jail. The police also assured that they would not let the situation get out of control.

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This is not the first time a Muslim family has been targeted in such a fashion. In December 2017, people in a city based locality objected to the sale of a house to a Muslim family, contending that the Hindu majority localities are gradually getting converted into Muslim ones, by way of purchasing properties.

The minority community feels insecurity in every part of the country. The roots of this hate lie in the rise of extremist Hindutva thought and the machinations of the British colonial masters.

A Muslim family has decided to give up their house in a Hindu-dominated area of Meerut city, following protests by residents as well as BJP leaders, police said. A Muslim man, Noman, recently bought a house in Maliwara locality from a Hindu, Sanjay Rastogi. When he and his family went to take possession of the house last Sunday, they faced protests from residents, BJP corporator Sandeep Goel and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) general secretary Deepak Sharma.

Following this, police took Noman and Rastogi to the police station, where they decided that the buyer would leave the house and would be refunded the amount he paid. A shopkeeper said: “Sanjay Rastogi, who owns a jewelry shop, sold his two-storied house to Noman for Rs. 22.5 lakh. On Sunday evening, Noman reached the house with his family. Soon, local residents gathered and started protesting, claiming that it was a Hindu-dominated locality and Muslims would not be allowed.”

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He claimed that within an hour, over 200 people had gathered. “They all asked the family to leave. Some youths raised pro-BJP and pro-Hindu slogans.” Soon, BJP leaders joined the protests. Similarly, in April of the same year, two men on Tuesday reportedly hurled abuse at an elderly Muslim man in India who had requested them to vacate a seat for him on a Delhi Metro coach, Hindustan Times reported.

Increasing incidents of ‘mob lynching’ and the silence of the Modi government have encouraged more hate groups and terrorists who have struck fear into the hearts of Muslims and lower-caste Indians.

Hurling abuses at the senior citizen, the men told him to “go to Pakistan”. According to a post on Facebook by women’s rights activist Kavita Krishnan, when the request was made a second time, the two young men said: “This seat is for Hindustanis, not for Pakistanis like you. If you want a seat, go to Pakistan and get it there.”

Krishnan’s post on Facebook recounted the incident as witnessed by Santosh Roy, the National Secretary of All India Central Council of Trade Unions, who was also travelling on the Delhi Metro. Watching the incident unfold, Roy got up from his seat and asked the two young men to apologise for their behaviour.

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According to Krishnan’s post, the youngsters, instead of apologising, started hurling abuse at Roy and, grabbing him by the collar, tolling him to “Go to Pakistan” also. In the name of protecting Hindus, Saffron terrorists have unleashed violence in several parts of India. Increasing incidents of ‘mob lynching’ and the silence of the Modi government have encouraged more hate groups and terrorists who have struck fear into the hearts of Muslims and lower-caste Indians.

A Muslim family has decided to give up their house in a Hindu-dominated area of Meerut city, following protests by residents as well as BJP leaders, police said.

On account of the brutal killings of Muslims – from Mohammed Akhlaq (on September 28th, 2015) to Muhammad Afzal (on December 8th, 2017) – the minority community feels insecurity in every part of the country. The roots of this hate lie in the rise of extremist Hindutva thought and the machinations of the British colonial masters.

Most Hindutva extremists spread Islamophobia by linking the Muslim minority of India with India’s archenemy Pakistan. This helps them to polarize society and convert animosity into votes and popular support.


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  1. Secular India has been replaced by Hindutva India primarily because Modi played this card to get into power. In short, dark and dirty Rajneeti is behind the persecution of minorities in India and not out of love for the Hindu religion.

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