New Delhi: Hindu extremists continue their semiotics of terror in the impending genocide of Indian Muslims, by urging Hindu citizens to economically boycott the religious minority.
According to Baaghi TV reports, following the hijab-row controversy in Karnataka, Hindu extremists have reportedly stepped up pressure on religious minorities, especially Muslims. Right-Wing extremist groups have reportedly urged people to boycott Muslim taxi drivers, travel and tour operators, and fruit sellers in a bid to economically disable the Muslim community.
It is pertinent to note that in early 2022, Al Jazeera among other renowned international media networks, warned of an impending ‘genocide’ of Muslims. Recently, India is crossing all boundaries of extremism by urging citizens to opt Anti-Muslim measures, a move that has helped to shatter its so-called ‘secularist’ image.
The hijab controversy in Karnataka is one such example of rising animosity in India. With each passing day, Hindu extremists are mounting pressure on Muslims and other minorities, by urging Hindu citizens to economically disadvantage non-Hindus.
According to Baaghi TV reports, the right-wing extremist group Bharata Rakshana Vedike in Karnataka has appealed to Hindus not to hire Muslim taxi drivers, and tour and travel operators.
According to Hindustan Times, members of the Bharata Rakshana Vedike group visited homes in various parts of Karnataka, including Bangalore, and told people not to use the services of Muslim taxi drivers, especially to visit Hindu temples and/or yatras.
Members of Bharata Rakshana Vedike visited homes across several parts of #Karnataka asking people not to use services of Muslim cab drivers especially when going to Hindu temples or pilgrimages.https://t.co/dJd1vW5aHq— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) April 9, 2022
Bharath Shetty, head of the Bharata Rakshana Vedike, offered a unique justification saying that during the lockdown caused by COVID-19, Hindu drivers were forced to sell their taxis due to financial constraints. Thereby, it is the duty of the community (the religious majority) to care for its people.
In addition, Hindu organizations have called for a boycott of Muslim fruit vendors, so as to end the alleged Muslim monopoly on the fruit trade. In this regard, a statement from the coordinator of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, Chandru Moger, has surfaced in which he has appealed to Hindus to buy fruits only from Hindu vendors. The government, on the other hand, has expressed dissatisfaction with the appeal.
Meanwhile, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) and Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) have targeted the Bombay government. President MIM Asaduddin Owaisi has strongly condemned the boycott, describing it to be an attempt to segregate Muslims as ‘untouchables’. In addition, JDS leader H. D. Kumaraswamy termed the appeal for a boycott a ‘betrayal’ of the country.
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