Police officers raised concerns about radicalization during the recently concluded security meeting of Directors General of Police (DGPs), which was presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The police officers also brought up the Hindutva organisations during the recent conference of Directors General of Police and Inspectors General of Police in relation to the country’s growing radicalization.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah both attended the meeting.
At the conference held in Delhi from January 20–22, officials presented papers outlining the function of the radical organisations. Organizations like the VHP and the Bajrang Dal were labelled as fundamentalists in one letter. One holds the destruction of the Babri Masjid, the rise of Hindu nationalism, cases of beef lynching, and the “ghar wapsi movement” accountable for the radicalization of young people.
Meanwhile, the Times of India reported that the papers, written by some Indian Police service officers and submitted at the just-concluded conference of DGPs and IGPs, noted that the rise in religious fundamentalism in India is primarily due to high level of indoctrination, easy availability of modern means of communication, including encrypted form, cross-border terrorism and Pakistan concentrating on encouraging these radical groups.
“Radicalisation, particularly of the Muslim youth, is one of the important challenges for national security of our country. Several radical Muslim organisations are active in India, which indulge in organised radicalisation of the Muslim youth. They have inherent tendency to corrupt minds of Muslim community, push them on the violent path and work against composite culture,” the papers noted, according to TOI.
According to the report, these organisations are engaged in radical interpretation of Islamic scriptures and concepts.
“They also create a sense of victimhood in Muslim psyche. In pursuit of puritanical Islam, their preaching go against modern values such as democracy and secularism,” the report says.
“Among these Muslim organisations, the PFI was the most potent radical organisation. It evolved as a nationallevel organisation since formation in 2006 by merging of three South India based outfits,” the papers noted.
“Rise in religious fundamentalism is due to history and attending continuous religious programmes such as DarseQuran, Ahle-Hadith etc., high level of indoctrination, modern means of communication viz. internet, mail-in coded and encrypted form,” the papers
said, as per the TOI report.
Numerous officials promoted the inclusion of more minorities in politics and Muslim reservations as ways to combat bigotry.