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Karnataka’s hijab ban is the latest result of the Hindutva Institute in India

The ideology of the Far Right Bharatiya Janata Party and its Hindutva has had sinister consequences for Muslims and other minorities and is becoming deeper in the southern part of the country.

Gauri Lankesh was an enthusiastic journalist against religious hatred, prejudice, and social inequality. Her words stabbed the people on her criticized side, and a plot hatched to silence her.

In one of her works a few years before being shot dead by a suspected perpetrator of a right-wing Hindu group in 2017, Lanquesh is a rapidly deteriorating community in her home state of Karnataka. Lamented the situation.

“Karnataka is unfortunately irreversibly rushing towards a new position as Gujarat in the south,” she concludes, systematically targeting minority groups, especially Muslims, of Hindus. The aim is to establish majority dominance. state.

The comparison she portrayed with Gujarat had unmistakable political implications. Gujarat, which was ruled by Narendra Modi before becoming Prime Minister of India, witnessed a bloody anti-Islamic riot in 2002.It caused the deaths of hundreds and faced Modi Accusation Intentional indifference from critics like Rankesh.

Regardless of the political nature of the parallel lines depicted, and despite the fact that Modi has never been convicted in court, many now write what Lanquesh wrote more than a decade ago. I think it’s prophetic.

Famous for a few things, such as the warm climate, abundant natural resources, and above all, Bangalore, the capital of the region advertised as India’s Silicon Valley, which accepts IT giants, but the southern states are all wrong. It has become a hot topic for some reason.

What has made the state world-famous today is the obscene assault on hijabs and scarves worn by Islamic women and girls.

this I started One day in December 2021, six girls were mysteriously stopped from enrolling in a government-run school. The girls protested and stood outside the school gate for several weeks.

Later, the Government of Karnataka, run by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), emerged and officially banned girls from attending classes because the hijab was not part of their uniform.

The right-wing group rallyed in support of the government. They mobilized both boys and girls students throughout the state and then marched to their respective schools, wearing saffron hats and scarves that were equated with Hindu religions.

whataboutery has produced the desired results. The government also banned those wearing saffron scarves, giving the impression that they were equal and that all students had to keep their uniforms.

Students were dangerously close to the confrontation before the temperament increased and all schools in the state were closed in a hurry. However, administrative intervention followed what appeared to be nothing more than a shameful instigation by state powers.

The state’s prime minister, Basavaraj Bommai, made all the politically correct statements and argued that it was unacceptable to disturb law and order.

But other ministers have revealed which side they were on. Some questioned the need to wear a hijab, while others said wearing a hijab was equivalent to school discipline.

School closures helped cool the problem. The right to wear hijab has always been debated in India, but judges in the Karnataka High Court are now considering whether to allow hijab in schools.

However, the current grace seems to be only temporary. This is mainly because the state has long been a joint cauldron. Already, some schools have forced the girls to take off the hijab when they enter, citing provisional court observations. Those who refuse to obey are being turned back.

The organized “campaign” against the hijab shows early signs of initiation in other BJP-controlled states such as Madhya Pradesh.

Driven by their desire to establish Hindu nationalism, the right-wing group has been numbered, especially since the 1990s, when the movement to build the temple on which the now demolished Babrimosque stands gave a great boost to the Hindu Tova campaign. I have been active in Karnataka for 10 years.

BJP is piggybacking on the right-wing group. Ideally united, they worked together and both aimed to benefit from sharing Karnataka, where Muslims make up more than 12 percent of the population.

The polarization resulted in the integration of Hindu voting, which the BJP definitely won. Once seen as a party in North India where people mainly speak Hindi, it has gained more than a foothold in South India with different languages ​​and cultures.

The party is in power in Karnataka, aiming to expand into other southern states such as Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

But minorities have been struck by the brunt of that aggressive Hindutva. Even Hindus who disagree with Hindutva had to pay a large price.

About two years before Rankesh was shot down, scholar MM Karburgi was killed in his state’s hometown of Dawad. He was murdered because his request for his Ringayat faction to be considered another religion was considered anti-Hindu.

In 2008, a woman was beaten and blackened by a right-wing villain when she dared to visit a pub in Mangaluru.

This regular violence is now more frequent, and the state’s BJP government has contributed in no small measure to deepening wedges among religious communities.

Eating beef has implications for Muslims, and the Karnataka state government has introduced legislation banning cattle slaughter and trade in recent months. It is in the process of legislation against religious conversions, including interfaith marriages, and on the surface to prevent so-called love jihad.

Right-wing vigilants probably have never had such a good thing in the state. When they recently threatened to confuse the congregation of the church, police asked the church owners to cancel the program instead of subduing the mob.

The public was indignant and the police severely criticized it. But most importantly, the mob was never disciplined. They remain bold in Karnataka, where many say they have evolved as a Hindutva laboratory.

Whether or not Karnataka is another Gujarat, it does not change the facts of the field.

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