By Hasan Akram
New Delhi: A Hindu priest has asked the followers of Hinduism to kill Muslim men indulging in “love jihad” as he believes the killing of French teacher Samuel Paty by Abdoullakh Anzorov was an exemplary act.
In a video that has gone viral on social media, Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati is heard as saying that Hindus should pick up guns and do to “love jihadis” what Muslims did to the teacher in France.
Love jihad refers to the conspiracy theory alleging that Muslim men are running a jihadist campaign to trap Hindu women in romantic relationships and marry them after getting them converted to Islam.
It is noteworthy that Muslims across the globe raised their concerns against Prophet Muhammad’s cartoons published by French magazine Charlie Hebdo. But they simultaneously condemned the teacher’s killing and other recent attacks in France.
Ironically, Saraswati who is the chief of the All India Sant Samaj and mahant of the Dasna Devi temple, Ghaziabad, is using the French teacher’s killing to boost his genocidal mission against Indian Muslims.
However, it is not the first time he has endorsed an act of violence. He hails Nathuram Godse, who killed Mahatma Gandhi on 30 January 1948, as an icon. In his social media posts, he has lauded Godse’s act.
He keeps preaching hate against Muslims. Through his speeches, he goes on creating false narratives to suit his hateful agenda.
He recently delivered a speech at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. As usual, he tried to demonstrate the non-existent fear of Muslims. “It is certain that India will have a Muslim prime minister in 2029. Do you think that your politicians who cannot say a word against Muslims will save you?” he said.
These developments have been witnessed in the wake of the decisions of several state governments led by Hindu right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party to bring in laws against ‘love jihad’.