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Hate Speech-Givers In Haridwar Tell NDTV “Neither Regrets Nor Fear”

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The three-day Dharma Sansad that closed on Monday.

Highlights

  • The viral movies are from a “Dharma Sansad” in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar
  • In the movies, audio system preach violence in opposition to Muslims
  • They additionally pledged to combat for a Hindu nation

New Delhi:

Open requires genocide and use of weapons in opposition to Muslims, made at a “Dharma Sansad” or spiritual meeting in Haridwar in Uttarakhand, have triggered outrage and condemnation however the speech-givers say they stand by their hate feedback.

As clips from the occasion held between Friday and Monday circulated on social media, former navy chiefs, activists and even a global tennis legend demanded motion. But 4 days on, there may be not even an FIR over the egregious hate speeches.

The conclave was organised by Yati Narasimhanand, a non secular chief who has been accused previously of inciting violence along with his incendiary speeches. According to a police criticism filed by Trinamool Congress chief and RTI activist Saket Gokhale at the moment, others related to the gathering are Hindu Raksha Sena’s Prabodhanand Giri, BJP ladies’s wing chief Udita Tyagi and BJP chief Ashwini Upadhyay, who’s out on bail in hate speech case.

Prabodhanand Giri tells the gathering in a single video: “Like Myanmar, our police, our legislators, our Army and each Hindu should choose up weapons and conduct a Safayi Abhiyan (ethnic cleaning). There is not any different possibility left.”

Speaking to NDTV, Prabodhanand was nonchalant at the moment. “I am not ashamed of what I have said. I am not afraid of police. I stand by my statement,” he mentioned.

“There is a difference between your thinking and mine. Read the Constitution. My comments were not inflammatory at all. If anyone tries to kill me, I will fight back. I am not afraid of the law,” he declared.

The seer flaunted his hyperlinks with the BJP. He has usually been photographed with BJP leaders, together with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. In a latest picture, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Dhami is seen touching his toes.

Another video from the controversial meet reveals Pooja Shakun Pandey, aka “Sadhvi Annapurna”, giving a name to arms and urging violence in opposition to Muslims.

“If you want to finish them off, then ki|l them… We need 100 soldiers who can kill 20 lakh of them to win this,” she says.

Speaking to NDTV, she doubled down on her feedback and mentioned: “The Constitution of India is wrong. Indians should pray to Nathuram Godse (Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin). I am not afraid of the police.”

From the identical stage, BJP chief Ashwini Upadhyay distributed copies of what he known as the “Bhagwa (saffron) Constitution”. Defending himself in a video, he mentioned he had solely attended the fag finish of the occasion and had nothing to do with what was mentioned earlier than him.

“What happened before I went, I don’t know. I went on the last day for 30 minutes. Since I reached late, my slot was reduced to 10 minutes from 30. I had taken a copy of the constitution. I distributed copies to some and discussed provisions related to population control, checking conversions, infiltrations…If distributing or discussing the constitution is a crime, then I have committed a crime,” mentioned Mr Upadhyay.

In one of many movies, the speaker, Swami Dharam Das Maharaj, talks about “becoming Nathuram Godse” and taking pictures Manmohan Singh (former Prime Minister) in parliament.

“If I was present in parliament when PM Manmohan Singh said minorities have first right over national resources, I would’ve followed Nathuram Godse, I’d have shot him six times in the chest with a revolver,” Dharam Das says.

The police claimed there isn’t any FIR as there isn’t any criticism. “The police are monitoring the situation,” mentioned Haridwar Superintendent of Police Swatantra Kumar Singh, when it was identified that the divisive speeches had been already out within the open.

A video displaying the saffron-robed gathering taking a pledge to combat for a “Hindu-only nation” provoked a response from tennis legend Martina Navratilova.

“We take an oath to fight and kill [Muslims] to turn India into a Hindu-only nation,” mentioned the Hindu Yuva Vahini, studying out the oath.

“What is going on?!?” – Martina Navratilova tweeted on the video.

NDTV can not independently confirm the authenticity of the clips.

“WHY IS THIS NOT BEING STOPPED? With our Jawans facing enemies on two fronts, do we want a communal blood-bath, domestic turmoil and international disgrace? Is it difficult to understand that anything which damages national cohesion and unity endangers India’s national security,” former Navy Chief Arun Prakash tweeted.

Former Army Chief General VP Mallik replied to the tweet: “Agreed. Such speeches disturb public harmony and affect national security. Action required by Civil Administration.”

Many of the audio system on the conclave are repeat offenders.

Pooja Shakun, for instance, made headlines in 2019 when she fired a shot at an effigy of Mahatma Gandhi, raised slogans praising Nathuram Godse and set fireplace to the effigy.

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