IAMC Participates In Twitter Storm Calling For Global Intervention Against Calls for Genocide in India
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Washington, DC (January 09, 2022) – On January 8, the Indian American Muslim Council partnered with over 28 diaspora advocacy groups worldwide to create a Twitter storm with the hashtags #StopIndianMuslimGenocide. The global showcasing of outrage was in response to a recent string of events in India calling for a Muslim genocide, including a hate speech assembly known as the Haridwar Dharam Sansad, during which several Hindu extremist leaders called for Hindus to take up weapons and “cleanse” India of its 200 million Muslims.
Those who participated in the Twitter storm hailed from all over the world, including the USA, the UK, Australia, Germany, Scotland, Finland, the Netherlands, South Africa, and New Zealand. Over the course of 4 hours, the campaign created 200,000 impressions and garnered over 35,000 total engagements.
The diaspora representatives used the Twitter storm to demand a global intervention from India’s allies, especially the United States, to put an end to what activists have referred to as an impending genocide. The coalition also demanded the arrest of all Haridwar Dharam Sansad speakers for blatant and public calls for Hindus to kill Muslims en masse. As of right now, all these speakers continue to walk free, while other extremists all over India continue to lynch, harass, and boycott Muslims, as well as take public oaths to “kill and die” to make India into a Hindu nation.
“Sometimes, after atrocities happen, people ask: Why didn’t anyone warn us? We are warning you about Modi’s India,” tweeted Dr. Audrey Truschke, associate professor of South Asian history at Rutgers University. “Speak out and act now to stop Hindu nationalist hate and violence.”
“What is unfolding in India is a prelude to a genocide,” tweeted Rana Ayyub, a columnist for the Washington Post. IAMC tweeted a video that showcased the hate speeches with calls for the economic boycott of Muslims and an incitement to commit a Genocide of 2 Million Muslims in India.
IAMC’s tweet quoted Adama Dieng, Former UN Special Advisor on the prevention of Genocide that “Genocide is a process. The Holocaust did not start with gas chambers. It started with hate speech.”
“India is a signatory to Article 3 of the Genocide Convention. The international community must hold the Indian Administration accountable for its silence on the Genocidal rhetoric to continue unabated with impunity. The offenders must be held accountable and punished whether they are constitutionally responsible rulers, public officials or private individuals,” said Syed Ali, President of IAMC
Over 28 diaspora advocacy groups participated in the campaign, including Hindus for Human Rights, International Council of Indian Muslims, International Solidarity for Academic Freedom in India, India Alliance, Stichting London Story, and Dalit Solidarity Forum. The campaign also voiced concern for the persecution of Christians and Dalits and trended the hashtags #StopPersecutingIndianChristians and #StopPersecutingDalits.
The Twitter storm made headlines in several prominent Indian publications, including Al Jazeera India, The Wire, The Hindu, Telegraph India, Tribune India, Deccan Herald, The Print, Indian Express, The World News, and The Week