On Sunday, there was widespread violence across the country led by Hindutva activists during the Ram Navami celebrations. Muslim shops, houses and vehicles were vandalized and set on fire in several places in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, West Bengal, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Bihar and Goa. Several people were injured. Each death was reported in Gujarat and Jharkhand. One person has been killed in violence in Khambhat town in Gujarat’s Anand district. The Ram Navami processions were provoking the Muslim-majority areas. A mob stormed the Dak Bangla Masjid in Mohammadpur village in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district and tied saffron flags. As the Ram Navami procession was passing through the road in front of the church, some people stopped the vehicle and hoisted the saffron flag on the wall of the church and on the stupa where the minarets were placed. They later broke up after chanting provocative slogans in front of the church. The video of this has come out.
The Sangh Parivar claimed that the Muslims were attacked after stones were hurled at the Ram Navami Yatra. But in most places, Sangh Parivar activists came with swords and other weapons. This points to the fact that the attack was premeditated. In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP-led state government has demolished several Muslim houses and shops following the Ram Navami celebrations. In the Khargon district, the belongings of the accused in the case were demolished with a bulldozer for allegedly throwing stones at the Ram Navami Yatra. According to government sources, 16 houses and 29 shops were demolished. The Madhya Pradesh Home Minister had announced at a press conference that they would ensure that all the houses of the stone-throwers were turned to stone. This was followed by this brutal action by the government without even informing the owners of the houses and shops. The government’s justification when the incident became controversial was that all the demolished buildings were illegally constructed. At the same time, lawyers say the government’s action is illegal. Supreme Court lawyer Shadan Farazat pointed out that even if the buildings were illegal, procedures, including giving advance notice, had to be followed.
Hindutva on Azhinjadi Ramanavami day at JNU College, Delhi. The clashes erupted over the serving of meat. The problem started on April 10 when ABVP activists threatened a dealer who had come to the Cauvery hostel canteen with meat and sent him back saying that it was Ram Navami Day and threatened the mess secretary that only vegetarian food should be served in the hostel that day. This was questioned by other students. Later in the night, ABVP students and Sangh activists unleashed violence in the hostel. Sixteen students, including girls, were injured in the carnage. The ABVP claimed that the violence was sparked by the blockade of the Ram Navami Puja, which is held every year near the Kaveri hostel, by leftist students. But the pooja took place at the hostel at 6 p.m. Violence at night. Other students say the violence has nothing to do with pooja. Officials, including the JNU administration and the hostel warden, and the Delhi Police took a supportive stance towards the Sangh Parivar on the issue.
The processions on Ramanavami are part of the celebration of Lord Rama’s birthday. In recent times, the Sangh Parivar has been using this yatra and other Hindutva celebrations to incite hatred and attack against non-Muslims, especially Muslims. They are seizing every opportunity for riots against Muslims. The country witnessed another face of riots and violence in Gujarat, Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh and anti-citizenship protests in north-east Delhi. If genocide was earlier a hidden agenda for the Sangh Parivar, now they are coming out with a public call. At the Dharma Sansad held in Haridwar, Uttarakhand on December 16, Hindutva monks publicly called on every Hindu in India, like in Myanmar, to take up arms against our police, politicians and army. Both the Central and BJP-ruled state governments have adopted policies in favor of such extremist fascist stances and ethnic cleansing efforts. As senior advocate Prashant Bhushan pointed out, the judiciary is inactive in this regard. It is these anti-democratic attitudes of the state and the judiciary that encourage and encourage Hindutva to disintegrate in the country.