Critics claim that anti-Muslim violence has increased dramatically since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office in 2014. (IMAGE SOURCE GETTY IMAGES)

Unprovoked attacks on Muslims by Hindu mobs have become commonplace in India, yet their government appears unconcerned. Last month, a viral video showed a terrified child holding onto her Muslim father as a Hindu mob attacked him. The harrowing footage shows a 45-year-old rickshaw driver paraded through the streets of Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, as his tearful daughter pleaded with the mob to stop striking him. As his tearful daughter pleaded with the mob to stop assaulting him, a Muslim dad was paraded through the streets.

His attackers demanded he shouted “Hindustan Zindabad,” or “Long Live India,” as well as “Jai Shri Ram,” or “Victory to Lord Ram,” which is a standard greeting Hindu lynch mobs have converted into something sinister. Although the man complied, the mob continued their assault. Police intervention lead helped the victim survive, and they arrested three males for the assault. However, all three posted bail the following day.

A few days later, another video that surfaced and went viral depicted a Muslim bangle salesman being slapped, stomped, and punched by a Hindu crowd in Indore, Madhya Pradesh’s capital. The man identified as Tasleem Ali was verbally abused by the attackers, who told him to avoid Hindu neighborhoods in the future. At the time, Ali informed the police that he was beaten by five-six guys who became angry at him for selling bangles in a Hindu-dominated area. Ail also reported money, his phone, and some documents for selling bangles in a Hindu-dominated region were also taken.


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As his tearful daughter pleaded with the mob to stop assaulting him, a Muslim dad was paraded through the streets.

The two attacks were among multiple incidents of anti-Muslim violence in August of this year. Similar attacks had been reported in the months before, and several of them had made headlines. In March of this year, a 14-year-old Muslim kid was viciously attacked after entering a Hindu shrine to get water. And in June of this year, a seller in Delhi was assaulted for attempting to sell fruit in a Hindu neighborhood.

“The level of violence is unfathomable. It’s widespread, as well as widely accepted,” said Alishan Jafri, a freelance journalist who has spent the last three years chronicling attacks on Indian Muslims.
Jafri says he has become accustomed to watching “three to four similar videos every day”, but can only authenticate one or two, which he distributes on social media. Religious separations have persisted in India for an extended time, but critics claim anti-Muslim violence has increased since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government took power in 2014. Critics claim anti-Muslim violence has grown in scale after Mr. Modi’s re-election to a second term in 2019.

During Modi’s first time in office, Muslims were attacked by so-called “cow vigilantes” based on rumors that they had eaten beef or attempted to transport cows, an animal revered by many Hindus, for slaughter. Although the Prime Minister said he did not condone such attacks, he was chastised for not condemning them soon or forcefully enough. “Communal violence is not a new phenomenon,” Prof Tanvir Aeijaz, who teaches political science at Delhi University, told the BBC. “But it grows in lockstep with the policies of those in power and political mobilization.” He added, “Distrust has always existed, but religious nationalism and ethnonationalism have exacerbated cleavages.”

As Covid-19 spread across India last year, Hindu leaders, including Modi’s ministers and party colleagues, accused Muslim males who attend the religious gathering in Delhi of engaging in “corona jihad” by engaging in behavior that would spread the virus. Next came “roti jihad,” in which Muslim cooks were accused of spitting on roti (handmade bread) to spread the infection to Hindus.
A top BJP official, Prakash Javadekar, told the BBC that “The administration feels that lynching is wrong no matter where it occurs.

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In one of the most horrifying photos from a week of violence in Delhi, Mohammad Zubair, 37, is beaten by a Hindu mob. Danish Siddiqui/Reuters/Flickr

However, law and order is a state issue, and it is up to them to deal with it”. He also accused the media of “biased and selective journalism” for focusing on Muslim atrocities.
Religious nationalism, on the other hand, is a dangerous concept, according to Prof Aeijaz, because it could lead to sectarian conflict. “In a parliamentary democracy, the political executive is in charge. How much longer can they turn a blind eye?”

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