The Normalization of Communal Politics in India – By Kavita Chowdhury
A hate rally that took place on August 8 at the Jantar Mantar, a stone’s throw away from India’s parliament building in the heart of New Delhi, which saw participants openly calling for the killing of Muslims, has sent shockwaves through the Indian capital…. This is not an isolated incident.
In another viral video, a 45-year-old Muslim man can be seen being assaulted by a mob in Kanpur, in the BJP-ruled state of Uttar Pradesh, and made to chant “Jai Shree Ram” (Victory to Ram). His little daughter can be seen in the video clinging to her father and begging his attackers to desist.
Far from being an aberration, hate crimes are becoming an ugly daily occurrence in India. What makes them more distinct now is how this imposition of the majoritarian Hindutva agenda is being normalized by authorities and law enforcers….