London: Muslims are living in a different world, be it in New Delhi or London. When right activists, people from different walks of life, journalists, students came out to protest against mob lynchings, bogey of ‘love-jihad’, killings of innocents in the name of cow and hate mongering, Muslims in Delhi found solace in relaxing at their homes.
During protest against Hindutva brigade at Jantar Mantar , Parliamant Street, Haryana Bhavan or UP Bhavan or dharna (sit-in) outside CBI headquarters against the mysterious disappearance of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmad, one community that was found missing was Maulana’s (cleric’s).
The same scene was witnessed in London as well on Republic Day evening. The Indian diaspora, instead of hosting and participating in festivities, mark the celebrations by staging a protest against Hindutva attacks on minorities and Dalits in India.
Braving chilly wind and freezing cold, several activists gathered outside the India House and shouted anti-Hindutva slogans. They carried large portraits of the victims of Hindutva terror – including Gauri Lankesh, Akhkaq, Pehlu Khan, Junaid, Rohith Vemula and others.
The protesters through their playcards also soght to know ‘who killed Justice Loya?’
In the protest organised by South Asia Solidarity Group (SASG), the agitators strongly condemned the horrific violence against Muslims and Dalits that have escalated under the Modi government.
It was sad but not surprising that the representation of Muslims in the protest was almost nil. There are big Islamic centres and organisations run by Indian Muslims in various parts of the United Kingdom. And it’s not that the representatives of these organisations are indifferent towards the escalating violence against their brethren in India. They certainly want to raise their voices against these crimes, but it appears as if they want others to vent their anger on their behalf. This is difficult to say whether this is simply because of fear or something else.
Majority of Indian Muslims in the United Kingdom come from Gujarat; most of whom have their inclination towards Tableeghi Jamaat. However, this would be sheer injustice to put the blame of their inaction on their affiliation with a particular organisation because the attitude of those coming from other Indian states and belonging to various religious groups is not any different.
Hindutva groups, on the other hand, are active at every level. They lobbied and succeeded in having the un-announced ban on British visa to Modi imposed in the wake of Gujarat riots of 2002. A leaked report of the British High Commission on these riots had said that it had gone as far as saying that these riots had the “hallmarks of ethnic cleansing and that reconciliation between Hindus and Muslims is impossible while the chief minister remains in power”.
Ironically when the Indian diaspora (mostly non-Muslims) were protesting, followers of Mahmood Madani were hosting an evening dinner at an Islamic Centre in his honour.
Source: Muslim Mirror