The Hindutva Sangh Parivar Groups Inspired Buddhist Boda Bela Sena
“Since the 1980’s, a shadow has darkened India’s polity and threatened the fundamentals of its social and political existence. This is the Hindutva movement, organized, led and driven by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and its front organizations – the Sangh Parivar.” (A Mass Movement Against Democracy: The Threat of the Sangh Parivar)
One will recall that leading Islamophobes in the US, Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller, have often over the years appeared alongside fringe elements from within other faith communities who espouse support for the anti-Muslim cause: Sikhs, Hindus, Atheists, Jews and Christians.
These fringe elements all share a common hatred of Islam and Muslims as well as differing supremacist ideologies. In the case of the Hindutva ideologues it is easily and blatantly vocalized in bloodthirsty and violent action against Muslims and Christians. The intersection between these movements was vividly captured when Spencer and Geller posted video of a young Hindutva activist calling for the annihilation of Pakistan, they enthusiastically heaped praise upon her, stating: “the girl is right!”
In Shankar Gopalakrishnan’s, A Mass Movement Against Democracy (quoted above), we also come across the fact that Hindutva groups thrive on and propagate myths about Muslims and Islam that are common features amongst all Islamophobic movements worldwide, including the infamous myth that “all terrorists are Muslims.” This anti-Democratic movement has been the catalyst of much violence, grief and oppression in India at-large but also specifically in the war-torn region of Kashmir (a future article).
In light of these facts we highlight a revealing exchange that we had on Twitter with a fanatical ideologue of extremist Sangh Parivar groups by the name of Anish Jain from New Delhi, India.
Responding to a tweet of ours regarding the killing of Muslims by Buddhists in Myanmar, Jain had this to ask:
Loonwatchers chimed in to condemn and mock Anish Jain’s rank immorality and incredulous stupidity. He was astounded that anyone could condemn killing Muslims whom he compared to “cannibals” and “zombies”.
Most revealing however may have been Jain’s statement that the rise of chauvinistic Buddhists in Sri Lanka and Myanmar is inspired by Hindutva Sangh Parivar groups in India, even to the extent of organizational structure.:
The similarities in anti-Muslim propaganda are obvious and striking between these Sub-Continent groups but are we also witnessing the possibility of increased collaboration?