Those calling publicly for violence against Muslims and Christians are no friends of nation, govt – By Rajmohan Gandhi
Ethnonationalism is an academic word for the raw force feeding on hate and contempt. Much of the Indian subcontinent saw this force erupt in violence in 1947…. Delhi experienced it in 1984,… Gujarat in 2002….
…the apparent silence of Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and J P Nadda at the widely publicised words of persons like Yati Narsinghanand, the chief priest of Ghaziabad’s Dasna Mandir. I have seen no denials anywhere of published reports that Yati Narsinghanand has urged Hindus to “stop behaving like eunuchs”, “buy the best weapons (you) can” and “finish off” Muslims.
People like Narsinghanand see no need for dog-whistles or code language. They show no fear of the law. Even more troublingly, their words do not seem to invite any objection from those who are running India. The silence from influential quarters that allowed some nations to fall from democracy and the rule of law into violent extremism seems an ominous presence in today’s India….