Aftermath of Ram Navmi Attacks: The Hindu Majoritarianism Illusion

This Ram Navmi the devotees and their processions were cordially attacked in Karnataka, Gujarat, West Bengal, Jharkhand, and Madhya Pradesh. The celebrations were compromised as a result of heaving stone-pelting, arson, petrol bombs etc by radical Islamists.

But this was a two-part project the latter was a dangerous narrative that was widely popularised. The music played during celebrations was called provocative, saffron flags were called intimidating, but of course, the petrol bombs hurled were seen as just fine. Hindu students were also attacked in JNU for performing a pooja but the debate was deflected to a veg- non-veg matter.

If anything these incidents have unmasked the bigotry of a certain lobby masquerading as journalists and activists, who went out of their way to turn the blame on the Hindu victims for passing through exclusive ‘Muslim areas’. The theory of ‘Muslim Areas’ is like a déjà vu to the two-nation theory which has made its way in secular India today.

This exclusivist mindset is what led to the partition, Kashmiri Hindu genocide and multiple religiously fuelled hate crimes like the murder of Harsha and Kishan. As radicals are shielded and every attempt is made to deflect the debate to blame Hindus, we must remember that a similar demand was made by Jinnah in 1927 that no Hindu procession must pass a mosque.

If we were to overlook the horrors of the partition and undermine the threat of this separatist grammar it would mean living in obscurantism. Which would result in rewarding the rioters, legitimizing the Islamist menace and dismissing yet another coordinated violence wave against Hindus in their only remaining homeland.